Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask

Surprise! I couldn't stop myself from buying another face mask so I'm justifying it by writing a review for it. It's okay if it's for the blog right? Today I have for you the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask that I bought from the Birchbox store! For $18 you get this 4oz jar. This product intrigued me because it seemed like a great mask with only four ingredients: Kaolin clay, charcoal, salt, and calendula! Four simple ingredients that work together to draw out impurities from deep within pores, clear blackheads, and soak up excess oil. It claims to regular use breakouts will be reduced, existing pimples will heal faster, all with the added bonus that there isn't that dry, tight-all-over feeling that can come from similar treatments.

From the website:
How it Works

Paraben-free and fragrance-free, this mask is suitable for normal to oily complexions. French kaolin clay and activated charcoal go straight to work, detoxing pores and leaving behind a matte, shine-free finish, while seaweed extract tones skin and promotes healing. Meanwhile, a blend of macadamia and sunflower seed oils hydrates and soothes inflamed skin.

This stuff is a jar full of powder and you use it by scooping out about a palmful and splashing in a little water to create a paste that you spread evenly on your face. I must say there is a slight learning curve to this because it's hard to get the water to powder ratio correct and more often than not I got a runny mess. The key is to definitely put in water drops at a time and to rub your hands together to create the perfect paste. This goes onto your face black and turns white when it is completely dry. This stuff really pulls your skin tight so be VERY careful about avoiding the eye area because your skin there will not be pleased.

It takes about 5-10 minutes for the mask to dry on my face and at that point I was feeling a little tight and itchy so I quickly rinsed it off in warm water. I must say it really did leave my pores looking clean and smaller as well as my skin looking nice and matte. However even though my skin looked great it did not feel great at all. The combination of the ingredients is extremely drying, which is surprising because I have very oily skin, and it left my skin very tight. I tried it a few more times since my initial test and it yielded the same results for me. This is not something I will continue using all over my face because it toes the borderline of almost being painful for me. It clearly does a fantastic job of drying and deep cleaning though so I think this will make a fantastic spot treatment of stubborn pimples and areas where I get oiliest such as cheeks and forehead.

Honestly I would say pass on this product. The overall hassle of getting the correct consistency and the mess of getting the powder out without spilling it everywhere or getting water in the container is too much of a headache. It performed decently however the insistence that it wouldn't make your skin feel dry and tight is definitely false. I hear the face wash version of this stuff is fantastic though and I'm kicking myself for not seeing the three piece kit (full size mask, exfoliant and salt bar for just $10 more!) but after my very drying experience with this mask I think I will steer clear.

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