What: L'Oréal Anti-Pores Pure Clay Mask
What It Is:
The Anti-Pores Pure Clay Mask promises to purify, refresh, and soothe combination to oily skin in 10 minutes. It contains three kinds of pure clays: kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava clay that's said to remove dead skin cells and excess oil. It's also infused with rosemary extract to clear the pores and purify the skin.
The Pure Clay Mask line includes two other masks: one for hydrating and another for illuminating. The original formula was apparently tweaked to suit Asian skin perfectly, with our climate and unique skin concerns in mind.
L'Oréal Anti-Pores Pure Clay Mask, P399, Lazada
Having oily and acne-prone skin, my pores are temperamental by default. I have particularly large pores on my T-zone, which I usually massage with oil to unclog and avoid breakouts. I've tried several clay masks before, and most have had the same effects—cleansing and temporary tightening. Temporary, because pore size is genetic and any "shrinking" will always tend to be short-term.
This is why I was quite excited to try L'Oréal's take on the product, mainly because of the reasonable price point and key ingredients.
How I Used It:
I used the mask every other day for a week, or three times in total. I used it after double cleansing at night, and made sure that my skin was still damp to help the clay spread faster.
For my T-zone, I scoop out around a fingertip's worth of product. The clay is quite thick, but easy to spread using wet fingers. I concentrate a thin layer on the center of my face—the forehead, nose, inner cheeks, and the chin.
After five minutes, the mask begins to dry and set fully on my face. It gives the skin a slight minty feel, but it wasn't uncomfortable nor did it sting. And as suggested, I only left the product on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. I recommend dissolving the mask using damp fingers in circular motions for minimal tugging! The clay should wash off easily this way.
As with most clay masks, the tightening effect of this mask was pretty instant. My T-zone felt less congested as well! What perhaps surprised me the most about it was that it didn't irritate the two pimples I had beside my nose. The product slid right off them, although I did notice that they shrank visibly.
I have to commend this mask for staying true to most of its claims. It may not be extremely unique, but it does the job. Plus, I like how it's not too drying despite being a clay mask, and that I'm able to use it a few times a week. Add that to how my skin always feels cleaner after every use! I definitely recommend it for those with oily, acne-prone skin like I do.
Also, another perk of this mask is that it minimizes any active breakouts while giving you that satisfying feeling of having smaller, tighter pores. So if you have easily congested skin, definitely give it a go!