Monday, June 16, 2014

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

 I am no stranger to large pores. For some reason, no matter what products I use, no matter how I treat my skin, my pores are always apparent, and always massive. I am constantly on the lookout for products that help shrink my pores, even just temporarily.

Beauteque carries a wide variety of masks, but I was really interested in testing out a clay mask that was geared toward pores. Enter the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask!

The Details:
 What it doesThis clay mask is effective in minimizing pores and producing a fresh, clean look. The product is part of the 4-Free System. (Free of artificial pigments, ethanol, animal ingredients, and mineral oil. Some of its other effects are the removal of oil, exfoliation of dead skin cells, and deep cleansing. It also provides a cooling and soothing effect. 

How it Works- You can use this mask in a few different ways by applying it all over the face, or on specific problem areas. This mask works great as a spot treatment on breakouts, as well as using on just the nose for blackheads and large pores! 
After cleansing and toning, simply apply/massage the mask onto skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and Rinse with warm water. The mask can be used 1-2 times a week.

Ingredients- Water, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trehalose, Volcanic Ash, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Clyceryl Stearate, Bentonite, Zinc Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid, Camellia Japonica, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Theobroma Cacao Seed Powder, Kaolin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, PVP, Dextrin, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Red Oxide of Iron (CI 7741)

Specs- This a 3 ounce jar, available on the Beauteque website for $20.

My Thoughts
I usually apply masks with an old foundation brush, as I find that it spreads the product more evenly and keeps my hands/bacteria out of the jar. This clay mask is extremely thick though, so I had a bit of a difficult time using my brush. I would suggest using a large spatula or something similar to apply this. 

I found that unlike most clay masks that I've tried, as the volcanic clay dried, it did not make my skin feel unbearably tight, nor did it crack and flake off when I moved my face. It seemed almost a bit flexible once dry, which was not only more comfortable to wear, but also easier to remove. 

Once I removed the mask, I noticed my skin felts cooler and softer. I noticed a small difference in the overall size in my pores, although the dirt and oil had been sopped right up and out. This mask did a fantastic job of really making my skin feel clean and tight without feeling dried out. 
I used the mask again a few days later as a spot treatment on a few breakouts as well as on my nose alone. After using the second time, the pores on my nose looked even smaller, still. I have found that using this product twice a week, regularly, as suggested will give you more dramatic results over time on your pores. 

If you're looking for a mask that is gentle, but rejuvenates your skin, this is an excellent option. I also think this is a perfect mask for summer, as my skin tends to be a lot more oily during the warmer months, and this mask has helped keep everything in balance. A big thumbs up from me!

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    1. Me too!! :) I don't always love how dried out they can make my skin, but this one has become a summer staple for me! Plus you need such a small amount to evenly coat the skin that it's going to last forever!

  2. I am now determined to rummage through my sample drawer because I *think* there's a sachet of this in there. I could use a good oil sopping at the moment!