Hey everyone, how’s it going? Can you believe it’s already November? I’ve mentioned previously how time keeps flying by, but I’m still trying to accept the fact that summer is over… ugghhhh!
Did you have an awesome Halloween? I saw SO many fantastic makeup looks and costumes all over social media, and in person. Such talented people out there! I tried several looks with makeup, including drawing with eyeliner all over my face. So, it was definitely time to do a bit of deep cleaning after all that…lol!
I’ve been using mud and clay masks since I was an adolescent suffering from horrific acne. Keeping my pores clean is of the utmost importance. Not only do they help keep breakouts at bay, but mud and clay masks give my skin a fresh glow.
Lately, one of my fave ways to detox and purify has been to use activated charcoal. It’s done wonders for the wine stains on my teeth (did somebody say “wine?!”), but it’s also been awesome for my skin. I’d been doing my own DIY masks with activated charcoal powder, essential oils, coconut oil, etc. While these have been super effective at sucking all the gross gunk out of my pores, they’re SO difficult to remove! I swear it seems like I have to scrub just to get it all off, which results in tugging and irritation. Not so fabulous!
Well, anywho, one of my most trusted brands of skincare, Exuviance, has created a Detox Mud Treatment, and when I saw the ingredients, I was thrilled that they sent me some! First off, if you’re not familiar with Exuviance, the brand (along with its sister brand, NeoStrata) was founded by Drs. Van Scot and Yu. These renowned doctors were the original patent-holders of the glycolic, or “lunchtime” peel.
Since then, they’ve continued to pave the way in the field of anti-aging skincare. Their products contain ingredients that are proven to be effective, so you can be assured of getting results. I also like that most of their products can also be used by those with sensitive skin. I have hypersensitive skin from using tretinoin, and the brands’ use of less irritating polyhydroxy acids has done wonders.
The Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment is a wash-off mask formulated with 23% active charcoal, clay, and the company’s patented NeoGlucasamine. The mask is designed to instantly clarify and refine the appearance of pores, while absorbing excess oil, debris, and toxins. It’s appropriate for all skin types, and ideal for oily, congested, or blemish-prone complexions (NeoStrata, 2017).
The NeoGlucosamine I mentioned previously is a non-acid amino-sugar exfoliator that starts the clarifying process and helps minimize the appearance of pores. Japanese Binchotan charcoal acts like a magnet to sweep up pore-clogging surface impurities and environment toxins. French clay, which has a high mineral content, absorbs oil to leave skin feeling revitalized, while a botanical blend helps to control oiliness and restore the skin’s natural balance for a smooth, beautiful finish (NeoStrata, 2017).
I always get excited when I see such high-quality, fantastic ingredients, but I expect no less from Exuviance. I keep getting asked about those peel-off black masks that have taken over social media, and every esthetician I’ve spoken with has mentioned the dangers of those- many of them are way too harsh and end up pulling off a layer of skin. While there are some good ones out there, it’s always best to get something like this from a well-known, reputable company. The Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment is splashed off with water, so there’s no need to worry about pulling off precious skin!
This mask is housed in a sanitary, convenient squeeze tube, so there’s no need to repeatedly dip fingers into a jar, thereby introducing bacteria and other contaminants. Also, since it’s not in a jar, there’s no problem with the mud drying out.
Exuviance mentions the silky texture, and wow, they were right! It really does feel silky, and quite soothing, when smoothing it on. As I mentioned earlier on, I hypersensitive skin from tretinoin, and I didn’t experience any irritation or problems. The instructions say to leave on for 5-15 minutes (until it dries), so I did 10 the first time. A few days later, I used it again and lost track of time and had it on for over half an hour, with no problems.
The best part is that my pores appear to be almost nonexistent since they’re so CLEAN- no traces of Halloween makeup left, either! I get even better results than I did with my DIY charcoal masks. When I left it on for over half an hour, it took a bit longer to splash it off, but no big deal. If you want, you can use a wash cloth, but they do warn that it could stain- so choose your cloth wisely…lol!
I really liked the clean glow I got from this, and it didn’t make my skin feel tight or stripped of moisture. If you’re used to drugstore products, it may seem a bit pricey at $49, but you get a huge 3.4 oz. tube. Many other clay or mud masks I have are two ounces or less, and they don’t spread as easily so I end up using a lot more. Since you get such a large quantity and it spreads so easily due to the silky texture, this really is one of the better value detox masks out there.
NeoStrata (2017). Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment. NeoStrata Company, Inc. Retrieved November 1, 2017, from www.Exuviance.com.
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