Having skin that’s oily means I get sebum build up that leads to clogged up pores. If left untreated, my skin starts to feel dirty from the inside and looks dull. Clay mask are a great weekly solution to get a nice deep clean that scoops out all of that junk from your pores, leaving your skin brighter and smoother. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Innisfree’s clay mask, so it was a no brainer purchase.
I really like Innisfree as a brand because they’re focused on natural ingredients that have no animal origins, so it’s an option for skin care vegans. They focus heavily on harvesting their ingredients from Jeju island, which is kind of Korea’s equivalent to Hawaii. I also really like the brand because they’re focused on recycling and giving back to the environment. You can check out how many bottles they’ve collected for recycling and how much money they’ve donated back into the environment and neighborhoods on their website (currently 3.1 billion won, which is about 2.67 million USD.)
This clay mask is good for all skin types, but might be a little harsh on sensitive or dry skin if left on for too long. Oily and combination types will get the most mileage out of this type of product.
The clay comes in a cute little jar made of plastic with a generous amount inside. I’ve used this mask weekly, plus used it on my friends a few times and I’ve barely put a dent in it. The clay is thick, as you would expect, and super smooth with a color that instantly made me think of chocolate milk.
Applying this product is pretty straightforward, cleanse and apply a layer on the face while it’s still slightly damp. I usually put on a nice thick layer when my skin is feeling extra congested. Avoid lips, eyes, eyebrows and under eye area because they’ll all sensitive and prone to being dried out
I love the way this feels on the face, in the fact that you don’t really feel it. It’s fragrance free, so you don’t have to sit with a strong smell on your face for 10-15 minutes like some other mask. It’s cooling and refreshing without the use of menthol, which I’m a huge fan of because masks with menthol feel like they’re burning after a few minutes.
Quick tip: Don’t leave a clay mask on for too long. When it starts to dry and crack, it can cause irritation because it’s at the point where it’s absorbing the moisture from your face. I have to say, even when I wasn’t keeping track of time this mask never fully dried on my face. I count that as a good thing.
When I rinsed the mask off my face it looked brighter, smoother and felt clean. It can be a little tricky to wash off all of the mask, so maybe a very soft and moist towel could be helpful to removed it all. If you’re patient, a few rinses will take care of it. I usually carry on with the rest of my routine from here.
I really like this product, but I also really like clay mask in general. This one in particular isn’t crazy groundbreaking, but the selling point for me is that it cools without the tingling of menthol, has no scent and it’s not prone to over drying.
- Effective at removing excess sebum
- Leaves skin feeling smooth and slightly brighter
- Doesn’t dry skin out
- Doesn’t have a scent or menthol
- Not outstanding, not disappointing (not a massive negative)
- Could be potentially irritating to dry skin types
My rating: 8/10