Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: Suki Skincare Transformative Cleansing Clay

Ever since I was introduced to the Suki Foaming Exfoliator from Birchbox I've been really interested in this brand but with the steep price tag that comes with their products I haven't tested anything else out. Recently(ish) they made their debut on HauteLook and I snatched up a few products to try out. To say I camped out on the site is understating it, there was a balancing toner that only had one in stock where I stalked the product page refreshing for five minutes straight waiting for someone to take it out of their cart so I could pick it up. I'm pleased to say I won that battle. Anyways, today I am here to talk about the Suki Skincare Transformative Cleansing Clay which has been repackaged and renamed to Transformative Purifying Masque. Like all Suki products it comes in a nice glass bottle which makes it look more luxe. This 1 fl oz bottle with a pump retails for $50! I got it off HauteLook for a much more reasonable price of $19 and I think it was further discounted due to the fact that it was the older packaging.

This product claims to fix the problem of clogged pores, all types of blemishes, redness, irritation, and swelling. Using TLC salicylic acid from white willow and kaolin clay as the purifying and soothing ingredients this cleansing clay is said to help bring impurities to the surface to clear our pores, reduce the appearance of irritation, blemishes, flare-ups, spots, oily t-zone build up and create the appearance of a healthy balanced complexion. The Suki line relies heavily on their use of a natural form of salicylic acid that is clinically proven to achieve a balanced appearance and long-term clarity without the dryness and peeling that synthetic salicylic acid causes.

This is a neat product because it can be used three different ways: as a face wash, a clay mask, or an overnight treatment. After reading the directions on the bottle I concluded that it would be a waste of product to use it as a face wash because both using it as a mask or overnight treatment has you leaving the product on your skin for an extended period of a time while the face wash suggests smoothing it on an leaving it for five minutes before rinsing it off. I have used this product as both a mask and an overnight treatment a number of times and here are my thoughts.
It's a much thinner consistency then I was thinking it would be. It takes careful dabbing to keep it in place when using it as a spot treatment so applying a small amount of the product and building up the coverage is necessary to avoid muddy streaks all over your face. Once you are done messing with it it does dry fairly quickly and then it stays there. I'm a pretty restless sleeper so most clay overnight treatments I have tried tend to all rub off by the time it's morning but every single time I used this I was pleasantly surprised to find the spots still mostly intact on my face.

Whether as a mask or an overnight treatment, this cleansing clay leaves my skin looking clearer and soft to the touch after every use. It's not a miracle overnight treatment that completely dries up acne spots but there is a noticeable difference.

I don't believe this is the most amazing mask or overnight treatment I had tried. I've been using it about 3-4 times a week in various ways for several weeks now and while I do notice improvement in my skin and a lack of dryness like the product claims, for a price tag of that high I can't justify spending it. It's a solid product and the appeal of a natural form of salicylic acid that has long term benefits so I will keep using it until I run out but it's not something I will repurchase. This is a product that requires research before you purchase it so if you're interested I encourage you to check it out for yourself, but it's definitely not something I endorse everyone to purchase on a whim because the $50 price tag is a huge commitment for a product that does its job but doesn't go above and beyond like I feel like the price tag would imply.

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