While some people may rejoice for the summer months, my approach is more of trepidation. Extreme weather shifts tend to bring out the worst in my skin, so sudden cool, dry air or humid, heat will rip into my pores like you wouldn’t believe. I get more prone to breakouts. That’s why I keep in mind to up my skin pampering sessions. I’ve got Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask (USD 25) to work overtime on my face.
Quick Specs: 4 fl oz / 120 ml ; made in the USA ; alcohol- and paraben-free ; suitable for all skin types ; 98% natural ingredients ; cruelty-free
This is the second mask I’ve tried from Valentia. The first one was the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. Both are housed in identical white plastic jars, but they could not look any more different on the inside. Where the hydration mask is jelly-like and smooth, the clay mask is buttery and dotted with exfoliating bits. Both are easy to use, it just depends on your particular skin concern (i.e. hydration vs. detoxification). BTW, the detoxifying mask is ideal for those who have oily or acne-prone skin.
I started with a freshly washed faced that was allowed to air-dry. Then I slathered on the Valentia clay mask all over. It comes off the jar in thin layers, like butter, so I like to build up the mask as I go along. While it doesn’t indicate on the instructions how much should be applied in one go, I like to add on until it starts to look opaque. *shrugs* It looks like a full-on face mask that way.
In the process of applying the mask, especially on the sides of my nose, I do experience a warm sensation. This is a common experience for me with clay (kaolin) masks, so I’m starting to believe that this is a typical reaction. That said, those with sensitivity to such things should probably do a test on the side of their jaw or go easy on/avoid that extra-sensitive area on the sides of the nose and above the lip. (Tip: When I applied the mask in an air-conditioned room, the warm sensation was slightly reduced. Try that or face a fan.)
The detoxifying mask dries completely within 5 minutes of application and tightens up. In the recommended 15-20 minutes of having this on, your facial expressions will be quite limited. It’s what I imagine botox would feel like, but in a very temporary and funny way. I do like that it relaxes my face. The mask’s scent is a fruity cranberry that doesn’t stay on the face for long.
Verdict: After rinsing the mask off, my skin feels deeply cleansed without any tightness of dryness. I also feel good about the plant stem cells and CoQ10. It’s ideal to use on days when your face needs a “reset”. Y’know, days when you feel like you need something more than just the standard scrub.
You can get Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask as well as their other products over at their official site and on Amazon. The Valentia website currently has an on-going Spring Re-launch Sale until the end of the month. Use the promo code, REFRESH35, to get 35% off on all their products.
* I received this product free-of-charge from Valentia via Brandbacker for editorial consideration. I was not paid or otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.*