IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN: I have both dry & sensitive skin! Even though Fresh states this is only for normal to oily skin types, I purchased it because I had SO MUCH success with REN's Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser when used in conjunction with REN's Gentle Cleansing Milk Cleanser. CLAY has kept my skin breakouts in check and keeps my skin calm. I love it! So I still wanted to give the Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask a try despite the warning. I've used this three times! It looks like a mud. It's very cool to the skin when applied. It's refreshing. Fresh says to leave this on for 3-5 minutes. You will want to leave it on longer! DO NOT!!! 3-5 minutes is enough! Within that time frame, it dries down and tightens but doesn't crack. Wash it off with warm water & a face cloth. NOW! Every time I tried this, my face felt super clean! My pores looked & felt clean! My skin was super soft! I NEVER TURNED REMOTELY RED! BUT YOUR SKIN WILL FEEL DRY AFTERWARDS. YOU WILL NEED A MOISTURIZER. This mask sucks all the oil from your skin. I NEVER EXPERIENCED DRY PATCHES, but I knew if I used this often I would. I can only see DRY SKIN TYPES using this once a month or twice a month WITH A MOISTURIZER. To use it more will just deplete your skin. This jar is good for 12 months, so it would probably last you all year. You could use this for spot treatment of acne. But to use every week, I just don't see it. I have tried another clay detox mask from REN, that I like and it is more suitable for DRY SKIN. Stop by A Very Sweet Blog tomorrow and I'll tell you about it.
IF YOU HAVE NORMAL, COMBINATION or OILY SKIN: This purifying mask is for YOU! The oilier your skin, the better this mask will work. I asked my mom to test this mask. She has NORMAL SKIN. She loved it! As I explained above, the mask looks like a mud. When you apply it, apply it in sections. To your cheeks. To your chin. To your forehead. It goes on cool. It's very refreshing. Fresh recommends that you keep the mask on for 3-5 minutes. You will be tempted to leave it on longer (with how good it feels), BUT DON'T DO IT! 5 minutes is enough! The clay smooths & tightens on your face, but during the recommended time never cracks. If you leave it on longer, it will. Use water & a face cloth to wash it off. I prefer warm water. Your face should feel clean, smooth & fresh! My mom (who has normal skin) did require a moisturizer afterwards (it depleted any oil on her face) but she didn't experience any dry patches, irritation or redness. She mentioned to me, the more oil you have on your face the better (so that is why this would work for combination/oily types the best). Two things kept me from giving it a Supersweet rating, IT DOESN"T EFFECTIVELY REMOVE BLACKHEADS. Most detox masks are supposed to, but this one didn't. And Fresh, states this mask can be used daily... ummm.... I wouldn't recommend that unless you're truly dripping oil! LOL It depletes oil and everyone needs some oil on their skin. To use it daily would go overboard.
This mask comes in a jar. It's also now available in a tube. It really makes your skin feel CLEAN. But you have to be aware of your skin type and how it affects your skin. This will tell you how often you can use it. Again, for my DRY/SENSITIVE skin types, I'll have a review of REN's Detox Clay Cleanser for you tomorrow. Detox masks are very popular right now! Have you tried this one or any others? Let me know in the comments.
supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff)
Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask is Sweet