A few months ago KORA Organics came out with a mask range, the Clay Purifying mask and the Hydrating mask. I will be reviewing the Clay Purifying mask today. It retails for $49.95 AUD (100ml) from the KORA Organics website, or you can find it at David Jones stores or select Terry White chemists.
I have normal to oily skin (sometimes normal to dry, depending on the season). This mask is targeted at oily/combination skin, but it is really gentle and I think it would suit pretty much any skin type. Using a clay mask is essential in my skincare routine to ensure my pores are deeply cleansed and skin looks bright and is purified. I switch up my masks all the time, depending on my mood, and I try to use a mask at least once a week (although I'm often forgetful or lazy)!
How I use the mask: Before my shower, I use a small amount (about the size of a 20 cent coin) and apply to my face without washing beforehand, like most masks require you to do. You could if you want, but like I said, I'm lazy! I leave it on my face for about ten minutes, often longer. Lately though, my skin has been breaking out in a rash so I only leave it on for five minutes (as stated "for sensitive skin" on the packaging). Once I'm ready to wash it off, I jump in the shower and use just my hands and the warm water to gently wipe if off my skin. I don't follow up with any sort of cleanser, as warm water is enough.
Results: The KORA Organics Clay Purifying mask is quite possibly the most gentle clay mask I have ever used. The texture is just like a really thick, heavy moisturiser and is easily spread on the face. It dries quickly, too.
|The smooth, thick consistency. It feels more like a moisturiser than a clay mask!|
|Close up of the mask on my face. Despite its moisturiser like texture, it dries very quickly like most clay masks.|
With other clay masks, after washing it off I feel that my skin is quite tight and shiny looking, but with the KORA Organics Clay Purifying mask, I don't get that at all. It's as if I've used a hydrating mask instead, with the benefits of clay. This is why I think it would be suited to most skin types, rather than just the oily/combo that it's targeted at. After use, my face is not shiny, rather it looks brightened, plump and pores aren't as noticeable. It definitely feels heaps cleaner than it usually does, as if the clay has absorbed all the impurities.
|I love the KORA Organics Clay Purifying Mask!|
Here's a photo of me straight out of the shower, after I had dried my face and applied a tiny amount of lip balm (I'm OCD, I can't stand the feel of bare lips!) I hope you're not too frightened by my appearance! But see how my skin looks nice & hydrated, cleansed and soft? (BTW, I did mention that I'm experiencing an awful rash on my face, and you can see it on my right cheek and forehead if you look close enough).
|Fresh out of the shower.|
|After moisturising with the KORA hydrating cream, my skin looks bright, smooth and clear.|
|The KORA Organics Clay Purifying mask does not dry out my skin at all.|
Overall, I really like the Clay Purifying mask as it is very gentle, yet does the job of cleansing my pores, refining and purifying my skin while also keeping it smooth and bright. For the price, it's not bad considering that this is a natural & certified organic product. This is an ideal mask for those who have sensitive skin and are time poor, like me. I also think it would be good for those with dry skin who wouldn't dare use a clay mask in the first place! This mask has replaced my once favourite Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, because it gives me the same results, but without the dryness & stinging sensation. Holy grail? Hmmm... I'll let you know in a couple of months time. But it looks like it will be my favourite for awhile yet! Check out koraorganics.com.au for more info, products, and to buy online.