Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask
Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask is an average blend of clays, water and moisture-binding agents plus some emollient ingredients bound to leave skin confused. It doesn’t contain AHA or BHA ingredients, despite the claim of containing “2% hydroxy acids to help remove dead skin cells and detoxify pores”. Perhaps the company is referring to the blend of citrus and sugar-based plant extracts included in miniscule amounts, but these can’t exfoliate skin (and you would need to do some creative math to arrive at a 2% concentration). That aside, the claims of “detoxing” skin aren’t in the least bit accurate— your skin doesn’t store toxins of any kind that require removal. Toxins in the body are broken down and removed by the kidneys and liver.
Although this mask does contain a few fragrant plant extracts, the amounts may not be a problem for most. What you’re left with is a basic clay mask for oily to combination skin, which is expensive for the overall formula and amount you get. Try as we might, we just couldn’t find a reason to recommend this formula over the dozens of Facial Masks for Oily/Combination Skin recommended on this site.
Note: Despite the “paraben free” label, there isn’t anything wrong with parabens as preservatives in cosmetics. They have a substantial, decades-long (and global) safety record for use in both food and cosmetics. For more information on parabens in cosmetics, see our article on the topic.
- Contains absorbent kaolin and bentonite clays.
- Expensive for the amount of product.
- Lacks anti-irritants or other soothing extracts.
- Lacks effective BHA or AHA exfoliant ingredients (as claimed).
- Dexotifying claims are bogus.
- Contains fragrance.
Natural botanical ingredients combined with kaolin and bentonite clays gently remove impurities from pores to reveal smoother, softer looking skin. Includes 2% hydroxy acids to help remove dead skin cells and detoxify pores. Paraben free.
The brush head of the Clarisonic (and all of the various iterations, such as the Mia) vibrates at exceptionally high speeds (300 oscillations, or back-and-forth movements, every second). The design and timing of this the movement is unique to the brand, unlike spinning, oscillating head models. Why does this matter? A spinning brush head, such as those you can find on many brands selling similar tools, has a greater risk of causing irritation to skin. The question is, is the Clarisonic worth its cost? Does the expense mean you'll get significantly cleaner skin? Is Oprah Winfrey on to something by naming this device one of her favorite things? Read our reviews to find out!
For more information about Clarisonic visit www.clarisonic.com.
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