Now Solutions Mediterranean Red Clay Powder for Sensitive & Oily Skin. Does it Work??
Here are my thoughts on this clay mask I have been using for many years! It’s Now Solutions Mediterranean Red Clay Powder! It’s a clay mask for oily and sensitive skin. It supposed to help detox the skin, cleanse the pores, and improve skin tone. Mediterranean red clay is highly absorbent. It mixes easily with water and other moisturizing products. Works as a facial cleanser and purifying mask. There’s only one single ingredient in this product. It’s Montmorillonite, which is a natural mineral silicate. I’m so excited to share this with everyone! 🙂
So I’ve been using this clay mask for so many years (as I mentioned earlier). My skin gets really oily, especially during the warmer months but also the cooler months. It’s so weird! Most people have drier skin during the winter. I still have oily skin when it feels dry. It’s a combination of both — oily and dry skin coupled with some flaky skin here and there. My oily skin usually just breaks through in the end, lol. It just wins over! That’s life for me. I still have to treat my skin as the oily type no matter what meanwhile using moisturizing products whenever necessary. So this Mediterranean red clay mask is nice to have around.
A little about the Mediterranean red clay powder and product.
The net wt. of the product is 14 oz. (397 g). The Mediterranean red clay powder is a reddish to brown color. It feels very fine and soft. Yes! The product comes sealed!! 👏🏻 I love it when a product comes sealed. It makes me feel so much safer using the product. Knowing that it’s brand new and not used or opened. Out of all of the clay masks or facial masks I have, this is one of the most affordable ones. It’s less than 20 dollars. It simply just lasts forever! I purchased mine years ago, and it’s still good as new ’til today. It still works.
This red clay powder is cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, halal, and paraben-free.
This is how I use the red clay powder for my oily skin…
This clay mask is not a pre-made mask. You have to mix it yourself. As you see from the photo above. It’s in powder form. The suggested use is one tablespoon of red clay powder with one tablespoon of water. I take about 1-1.5 table spoons of the powder. Add more if necessary. I’ll mix it with some water until a paste is formed. The final product should feel soft and should spread very easily over the facial skin. Just make sure the mixture is a soft and smooth paste. Make sure it’s not too watery and not too thick. We want something that’s smooth and spreadable.
After that, apply the mixture (paste) to the facial skin. The instructions suggests to leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes, rinse off, then apply moisturizer. I’ve done 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes. I prefer 10 minutes. The results were basically the same with all time slots. It didn’t make a difference leaving the mask on longer than 10 minutes. Within 10 minutes, the clay mask absorbed excess sebum from my skin thoroughly and already gave my skin a tightening effect as it dries on the skin. But it’s really up to you how long you want to leave it on. 10, 15, 20 minutes is all good. Just don’t leave the mask on longer than that. It might be tempting to leave it on for 30 minutes (tried it, haha), but it’s not necessary to do so. From my experience, it starts to crack on the face, lol.
I only use a clay mask once every few weeks. I just don’t it’s necessary to use it too often. I mean, it’s great at absorbing excess sebum from the facial skin, but there is such as thing as overdoing it. And using a clay mask more often than one should doesn’t offer additional benefits. It’ll just leave the skin feeling and looking super dry and irritated. Also, it’s a waste of time and product.
This is what the mixture looks like after mixing the powder with some water. It forms into a soft, smooth, somewhat thick paste. 👌🏻
Here are my RESULTS!
After rinsing the mask off, my skin felt and looked less oily. That’s what we want from a clay mask! But at the same time, it didn’t dry my skin out entirely. I don’t find this clay mask too drying. But keep in mind that I do have really oily skin. My pores look cleaner, especially on my nose. Ugh! Those darn blackheads on the nose, lol. It didn’t really help with blackheads, but it does decrease the amount of oil on the skin. I guess it helps in that sort of way. Less sebum means less chances of having blackheads or breakouts. This mask also made my skin feel softer and smoother afterwards. The tightening effect it has on the skin made my skin feel and look more youthful and alive. My skin looked brighter and cleaner.
Here’s a breakdown of my experience with the Mediterranean red clay mask!
- Awesome at absorbing excess sebum
- Leaves the skin feeling cleaner, softer, smoother, and brighter
- Great for sensitive skin. Didn’t irritate my skin at all.
- Easy to mix and apply to the skin
- An affordable clay mask product
- Super effective!
- Have to make the mask yourself
- Messy to clean
This is one of my favorite clay masks simply because it works! Good for sensitive skin? Check! Absorbs excess sebum? YES! Gentle on the skin? Yes. Dries out the skin? Good enough. For very oily skin people, it’s amazing stuff! It’s a really nice clay mask that doesn’t leave the skin feeling like the desert. I could use this clay mask more often than what I’m doing right now (once every few weeks), but it’s just time consuming and once every few weeks is more than enough for my skin. Also, this clay mask is affordable and seems to last forever. I’m still on my first tub of the red clay mask! I highly recommend trying this out if you’re searching for an affordable, effective, good clay mask that works.
Trying Out Samples: Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream, Purito Sleeping Pack, B.LAB PHA Cleansing Oil, Isntree Mugwort Clay Mask, Purito BHA Moisture Gel
I have samples to try! A ton of them. 🙃 I’m going to start off with 5 samples that I have. Here’s a list of product samples I am going to test out! They are…
- Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream
- Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack
- B.LAB PHA Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil
- Isntree Real Mugwort Clay Mask
- Purito BHA Dead Skin Moisture Gel
Now on to the reviews… 🙂
Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream:
This eye cream smells like herbs, which made me curious to see what’s in this eye cream. So I looked up the ingredients of the eye cream. Lo and behold, the first ingredient is Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract. No wonder why it smelled so herby. Other ingredients that stood out to me include petrolatum, dimethicone, shea butter, licorice, sodium hyaluronate, and lactobacillus/ginseng root ferment filtrate. The texture of the eye cream is soft, silky, and creamy. It glides over the under eyes nicely and smoothly. It also blends into the skin very well with little effort. It reminds me of Benton Fermentation Eye Cream. The texture is very similar. And I really liked using Pyunkang Eye Cream due to the similarities they have. I think I’m falling in love with this eye cream…kinda…the herbal scent throws me off every time I use it…so…
Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack:
I’ve used Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack before <<< Go here to read my previous review on it! My thoughts on this sleeping pack hasn’t changed. I didn’t use it on my facial skin. I know what’s going to happen. And that is breakouts! I don’t want that, lol. I ended up using the sleeping pack on my body instead. It’s rich and creamy like it was before. It’s also moisturizing and helps to seal in moisture. Great for the moisture barrier. Too bad it’s incompatible with my skin type. I’ve moved on to other sleeping packs and moisturizers that work better for me. I’ve also finished my tubes of Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack and haven’t purchased a new one since. Honestly, I’ve moved on to better skin care products that work for my skin. This isn’t a bad product if it works for you. Everyone’s skin is different.
B.LAB PHA Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil:
This is a very lightweight, elegant oil. It feels so soft and lovely. The oil moves over my facial skin smoothly and feels moisturizing on the skin. It’s very different compared to the cleansing oils I have used. I’m glad I had a chance to try this cleansing oil out. I really liked the way it felt on my skin! Now let’s look at the ingredients! It contains isopropyl myristate, which is comedogenic. BUT! The cleansing oil isn’t left on the skin for too long. Just enough to remove sebum, oil, dirt, makeup. Speaking of makeup, it removed my waterproof eye makeup perfectly! No tugging involved! My makeup came off. 😀 This cleansing oil also contains jojoba seed oil, grape seed oil, honey extract, and tea tree oil, to name a few. No wonder why I liked it. It contains tea tree!! Even though it’s the last ingredient on the list, lol. My experience with B.LAB PHA Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil was wonderful. I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m tempted to purchase the full-sized bottle now.
Isntree Real Mugwort Clay Mask:
This mask is green in color and has tiny little specs of exfoliating mugwort leaf powder in it. It didn’t feel rough or abrasive on the skin. I didn’t use it to exfoliate my face. I applied the mask as is. Just spread the product all over my facial skin and let it sit. It sticks to the skin pretty much instantly. I couldn’t move the mask around anyways, lol. The mask feels lightweight and has an herb smell to it. I didn’t care for the smell of the mask. It’s whatever. I was more curious about what it could do for my skin. This mask contains kaolin and bentonite, which is very good for oily skin. It absorbs excess oil. The instructions says to leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. I left it on for 10 minutes. After I rinsed the mask off, my skin didn’t feel super dry like I thought it would. I use other clay masks that dry out my skin a bit too much. This one didn’t. It absorbed the oilies on my facial skin and left my skin feeling clean. Not dry and taut. So the sample size was one application. I thought it was an enjoyable experience. Not sure if I would purchase it because I don’t really need a clay mask right now. I have plenty of other products I have to finish up first. This one was OK from this experience. 🙂
Purito BHA Dead Skin Moisture Gel:
Yay! A BHA product to try! This product is a gel. It absorbed into my skin so quick! It literally vanished into my skin when I applied it to my skin. In an instant it disappeared into my skin. WOW. I’m impressed with the absorption! So this product contains, looking at the ingredients, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, betaine salicylate, sodium hyaluronate, and tea tree oil (loooveeee! my fave!!). That’s not the full ingredients list, but that’s what stood out to me the most. It has TEA TREE!! Even though it’s at the end of the ingredient list. It does contain BHA but a weaker form of salicylic acid. Overall, the ingredients look pretty good. I’m not sure how effective it is. The sample was just a tiny pouch. I used it 1-2 times and my skin didn’t break out either time. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not oily or greasy. This is something I would like to try again. I must now! lol. I’ve been trying to find a good BHA product and this one also contains tea tree.
Whew!! Those are my thoughts on these samples. So, it looks like it’s 2/5 that I really liked! 🙂
Have you used any of these products before? If so, how did you like them? Did they work for you? Share your thoughts in the comment section!