Olay Masks Clay Stick Glow Boost
Olay’s Clay Stick Glow Boost is an innovative product: a mask in stick form promising to get rid of dead, dulling skin cells. Although it certainly has some good qualities, its drawbacks might make you reconsider adding it to your shopping cart.
Packaged in a clear plastic twist-up stick, after you remove the thin disc cap covering the mask, the swiveled-up solid stick glides over skin. True to claim, there’s mess, which is great.
The clay-based mask contains kaolin and white charcoal powder, both of which can absorb oil which minimizes the look of pores. Typical of clay masks, you’re instructed to leave this on and then rinse after 10 minutes.
On the plus side, the clay-charcoal mix doesn’t feel overly drying since its balanced by a high amount of hydrating and moisture-attracting propylene glycol (a higher amount than its sister product).
Getting past the positives, we weren’t happy that this leaves a waxy-feeling film on skin after you rinse; however, it also rinses better than Olay’s Pore Detox Mask (hence the higher rating).
Contrary to claims, none of the ingredients in this formula can remove the buildup of dead skin cells to restore a healthy glow. In order to remove the buildup of dead skin cells, you need a scrub or, preferably, a leave-on exfoliant that contains glycolic or salicylic acids.
The last issues is that the fragrance this contains. It’s fairly strong, and even though this is a rinse-off product it can still pose a risk of irritating skin.
In the end, although this is a better product than the other version we’ve reviewed, you’re still better off trying something off our Best Face Masks list.
- Glide-on formula is super-easy to apply.
- Convenient and mess-free.
- Absorbs excess oil and minimizes large pores.
- Rinses decently.
- Leaves a waxy-feeling film on skin.
- Highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritating skin.
- Cannot remove dead skin cell buildup as claimed.
Hit the reset button on stressed skin, without the mess! Our Clay Face Mask Sticks are a skin care staple — formulated with premium Kaolin clay that micro-exfoliates to remove skin-dulling impurities. Our Glow Boost mask with white charcoal removes the buildup of dead skin cells to bring new healthy skin cells to the surface, revealing your skin’s natural glow. And since white charcoal is known to enhance exfoliation, this Glow Boost White Charcoal Mask Stick is perfect for those annoying dull patches or an allover resurfacing treatment for uneven, lackluster skin.
Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.
In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.
For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.
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