Good afternoon beauties, this is my first in depth product review. Now this review is based on my personal experience with the product and research. As with any review I will do I recommend everyone to do their own research and think for themselves always. These are just the starting blocks to take into account.
The mask that I purchased is the Purifying & Mattifying 3 mineral clays & Eucalyptus from the pure clay mask collection. My skin type is sensitive, acne combination, which recently has whacked out to hormonal acne. I used this mask prior to the inflammation that I have now which is being treated by a dermatologist. In no way do I think this masked caused that, it's more internal and diet restrictions as I found out. Though I do not think this mask helped the moderate acne and sensitivity that I had. Continue reading for why I believe that is....
The claims on the packaging are
The first claim I find to be false, due to the intense burning and irritation of this mask when left on for the instructional time. When I rinsed it off my face was red as a tomato, not a pleasant experience from a face mask; sensitive skin types beware. I was curious as to why I had such a stinging sensation which is why I researched the ingredients (below I have included small information from my research findings). I have also red coloured the Moroccan lava clay due to it's location on the ingredients list ( 5th from the bottom) but it's used in the advertising hook of 3 clays. Though the clay is in the product the actual amount is low, general rule is the ingredients closest to the top are the most abundant, as you read on the last ingredients are the least used. It was disappointing to see an actual beneficial ingredient pushed beneath so many dyes, fragrances, binders , preservatives and overall irritants. I will also state here the smell of this mask is so potent like a grandmothers rancid perfume, as you continue reading you will see where this smell is coming from. Another red flag for sensitive/ allergy skin.
Curious about some of the stand out ingredients and their functions?
Kaolin Clay - sourced from soils in hot moist climates such as the tropical rain forest that are formed from the chemical breakdown of the rocks. The clay helps to slow down the production of sebum (this mask does dry out the skin). Due to the presents of silica it will remove dead skin cells and detoxify the skin. I would recommend buying this in the 100% pure and natural clay powder over this Loreal mask. Sold on Amazon ➤www.amazon.ca/Kaolin-White-Superfine-British-Clay
Montmorillonite Clay - mineral found in tiny crystals that group together to form clay. The most I can say for this clay when topically applied is it will attach to bacteria and remove it from the skin surface. The majority of information on this clay is for digestive healing when taken orally. It's also a ingredient in some dog and cat foods, this made me raise an eyebrow.
Lechin- comes from soybeans and has a high essential fatty acid content to moisturize the skin
Polysorbate 20- an emulsifier used as a fragrance ingredient
Butylene & Propylene Glycol- small organic alcohol used as a solvent, skin conditioning and fragrance ingredient potentially an irritant
Oryza Sativa Starch- made from rice and is used as an absorbent
Chlorphenesin- synthetic preservative that's banned in Japan cosmetics. Studies done have given evidence it causes irritation and contact dermatitis on some people with sensitive dry skin. FDA warns pregnant/ nursing women and small children to stay away from products containing this ingredient, due to depress of the central nervous system and causing respiratory depression in infants.
CI 61570- culprit of the cyanne green colour of the mask
Citronellol- scent ingredient pulled from lemongrass, geranium and rose used to mask odours. On Paula's choice skincare this ingredient has a poor rating and possible risks of being an allergen.
Coumarn- natural occuring plant extract and antioxidant that's a synthetically produced scent chemical. Has been linked to allergies and contact dermatitis.
Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract- relatively safe ingredient coming from the leaves of a eucalyptus, used as a skin conditioning agent. Known to be a skin sensitizer it may not be the best option for sensitive skin, but it does open up the pores like a vapour. Unfortunately this is the 17th ingredient down the list making it not so abundant.
Geraniol- naturally occuring plant oil scent ingredient found in essential oils like rose & citronella. Besides being a known allergen it's also marked as an environmental toxin on Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.
Methylparaben- your own research is encouraged with this ingredient being thats it's from the paraben family. Many articles claim this cancer causing, but you can be your own judge on that.
Linking some articles
Moroccan Lava Clay - the 5th from the bottom ingredient that may have a very low content in this mask. I think I need to look into buying just a jar of this clay thats mined in the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco. It helps treat dehydrated sensitive skin while building the elasticity of the skin and reducing large pores. Sounds pretty amazing right? Let us just all bath in that clay. They sell it on Amazon and I will link it here. www.amazon.ca/Rhassoul-Ghassoul-Morrocan-Lava-
Once looking into all these ingredients I can see why my skin burned so much after application. So many fragrances and irritants are jammed into this one tiny jar. I'm not ignorant in thinking that all the cosmetics and skincare that I use don't have some of these ingredients, they must. I'm just now becoming more aware and trust me a cosmetics clean out will be happening. I hope this review was helpful and brought you some new insights as it did me on this product.