Lately, I have been obsessed with radiant skin and my favorite type of product to help me achieve that is a clay mask. Late last year, I graduated from the regular face masks and deviated towards clay because of it's natural properties and it's historic healing abilities. Sometimes, when we're looking for solutions to common problems, natural works best. I previously reviewed a low end clay mask from Avon whose primary ingredient was salicylic acid. This e3 mask is more natural and features ingredients like Black Willow Bark Extract (natural form of salicylic acid), Bergamot Orange essential oil (astringent), Rosemary essential oil (pore refining properties), Eastern Red Cedar essential oil(fights acne, dermatitis and oily skin), Ellagic acid which is pomegranate extract and of course glacial the primary ingredient, oceanic clay.
I spent two weeks with the e3 Clay Mask and I absolutely love it. Initially, I was floored by the packaging. It's breath-taking, shaped like a diamond, definitely something you can put in your vanity next to all your make up products and comes with it's own brush which is super convenient. If you've ever used clay, you know it can get underneath your nails, on your clothes and just every where in general so the brush assists with that. Application with the brush was super easy and if I picked up too much product, I could easily put it back in the container.
After application, the mask gives a tingly, cooling sensation and then immediately starts to tighten the skin. The E3 started drying on contact with my skin and was fully dry and tight within 6 minutes . Like other clay masks, it highlights your trouble areas and large pores once it's dry. This mask was one of the easiest to remove and didn't require tons of scrubbing. I literally just used a wet, warm rag. After removal, my skin was red from the astringent properties around my nose and chin areas but went back to normal within 10 minutes. I moisturized my skin after with Charlotte Lacroix.
During the first week of using the clay mask, I did see one pimple the day after my first application. Once that bump cleared up, my face remained clear. I'm currently detoxing from drinking soda and eating nonsense so I've been using the mask to help me control my break outs. The major difference between Glacial Oceanic clay and say the Dead Sea Clay is that one, it has over 50 minerals in it and two, unlike Dead Sea clay, it doesn't require tons of processing to remove salt so we get a more concentrated version, the best version of the clay.
The problem with wearing make up is that no matter how many times you wash your face, remnants of your make up is still stuck deep inside your pores. This leads to sporadic break outs and problematic skin. Although, it is recommended that you use this mask 2-3 per week you can use the mask to spot check any areas as needed.
The left side is the before (after removing make-up, or so I thought) and the right side is after using the clay mask before putting on moisturizer. As you can see, my skin was peeling and the mask took care of that. It also made some of my pores less noticeable.