Putting on a facial mask is one of my favorite weekend traditions, but I’ve had some action-packed weekends the past several weeks and it’s been a while since I’ve been able to indulge in one. Yesterday, however, I finally had a chance to settle in with a book in my lap and a mask on my face—my skin definitely needed it!
My weekend mask of choice was the Rhassoul Moroccan Red Clay Face Mask* from Arysa Naturals. Clay masks are great for drawing out impurities—as they dry, they tighten up, pulling dirt and oil out of your pores. But red Moroccan Rhassoul clay in particular is known for its detoxifying properties, as well as its ability to improve skin clarity and elasticity. Considering the state of my skin after air travel, stress, long workdays, and not being as dedicated to eating healthfully over the past several weeks (ugh!), my skin was in need of every one of these benefits. And then some.
What I tried: Rhassoul Moroccan Red Clay Face Mask, $15.95
First impressions: It’s BRIGHT red! This facial mask arrives in powdered form in a small plastic container. To use it, you scoop out a half-teaspoon (with a plastic spoon—metal spoons and bowls shouldn’t be used with this product), and mix with water until you have the consistency you’re looking for. (Tip: add the water sparingly. You can always add more to loosen up the mask, but you can’t remove water once you’ve added it.)
Read on for the rest of my review—including a very (un)flattering photo of me in all of my facial mask glory…
The moment water hits the powdered mix, the mask turns into a brilliant red that reminds me of the red clay in Western North Carolina, where I grew up. I’m pretty sure my 10-year-old self would be amazed that I would ever put something like that on my face. But hey, live and learn. Right?
To use the mask, mix it up and apply evenly over your face. Let set for at least five minutes or until completely dry (you’ll feel the mask shrink and tighten on your face), then rinse off with warm water, using circular motions to scrub it off. Follow with a cold-water rinse to close up your newly cleansed pores!
Today, one day after my facial mask, my skin is noticeably clearer. I had a few blemishes preparing to emerge on my chin, and they are all gone. Plus, my skin is softer and smoother. Already looking forward to next weekend’s treatment!
What caught me by surprise: This mask also contains turmeric, a spice that has been touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turns out, it also works topically, and any ingredient that has anti-inflammatory properties is good for acne-prone skin.
Bonus: When you’ve used up the mask, you’re left with a small plastic container, which is great for mixing future facial masks.
Would you try a facial mask you have to mix yourself? —Aleigh