DERMACONTROL Purifying Clay Mask
Cetaphil’s DERMACONTROL Purifying Clay Mask isn’t ideal for very oily skin, but still nearly ranks among the best masks you can buy, especially if you have normal to combination or slightly oily skin!
Housed in a jar, which isn’t ideal for water-based formulas (more on that below), this mask has a thick yet spreadable cream texture that feels soothing on skin. You’re directed to apply to cleansed skin, then leave on for 5-10 minutes.
During this time, the clays (kaolin and bentonite) work to absorb excess oil, while hydrating ingredients like petrolatum, glycerin, and propanediol keep the clays from leaving skin feeling tight or dry. Although this takes longer to rinse than many clay masks, the reward is soft, hydrated-yet-shine-free skin.
We love (love, love, love!) that this clay mask is fragrance free. It also lacks irritants common to many clay masks, such as menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus, all of which provoke irritation that can make oily skin worse. Big props to Cetaphil for formulating a mask like this!
As for the jar packaging, although it presents a hygiene issue from dipping fingers into a water-based formula, this mask contains only a dusting of light- and air-sensitive ingredients, none of which Cetaphil makes specific claims about. So yes, they will begin to break down due to jar packaging but chances are you’re not buying this mask for its antioxidants!
The bottom line is that this clay mask is well suited for its task unless you have very oily skin, in which case you’ll want something more absorbent. And if you’re wondering about the claims about the clays being nutrient-rich, they are (mostly rich in minerals which improve skin’s hydration), but this applies to any mask containing the same clays--the ones Cetaphil chose are excellent, but also widely used.
- Gentle, easy-to-apply formula.
- Strikes a good balance between light oil absorption and hydration.
- Fragrance free formula is well-suited for sensitive skin.
- Not absorbent enough for very oily skin.
- Jar packaging presents a hygiene issue for a water-based formula.
Cetaphil's Pro DermaControl Purifying Clay Mask has a combination of two nutrient rich clays, a mild kaolin and a pure Amazonian clay, especially for oily skin - drawing out impurities and absorbing excess oil, the mask is so gentle that even sensitive skin will love it.
This familiar, widely distributed skin-care collection is manufactured by Galderma, the same company that markets the prescription products Differin and MetroGel.Given the dermatology heritage of Galderma, it's surprising the Cetaphil line hasn't advanced beyond the basics. Yes, most of what's available is a safe bet for those with sensitive skin!
If you're in search of simplicity, this is a good line to consider. We should note that many of the formulas omit more complex anti-aging ingredients, but they can always be used alongside a serum or treatment of your choosing.
Strengths: Inexpensive; mostly fragrance-free products; affordable and widely available; offers complete ingredient lists on its website; the sunscreens offer sufficient UVA protection.
Weaknesses:A few formulas could be updated with more complex ingredients, but forgoing that there is a lot to like here.
For more information about Cetaphil, call (817) 961-5000 or visit www.cetaphil.com.
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