Welcome once again to the Friday Face Mask. Today I am taking my masking break a little early as I have some conference calls later and want to be refreshed before hand.
Generation Clay Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay Mask.
I know, you have heard me talk about Generation Clay before. The Ultra violet Brightening Purple Clay mask is one I routinely return to and I am also a big fan of their Urban Defense Purifying Pink Clay Mask. Oddly enough, I have never tried their Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay mask before. The only reason I can think of for letting it go so long without trying it out is that I stocked up on the purple Brightening mask and didn’t get around to branching out. Now, even though I have a larger size of the brightening mask I am not opening it until I have given other masks a chance.
Which is fine because I love trying out new masks.
In case you go looking for this mask it looks as though Generation Clay is a sister line to Generation Skin. The website where I found the masks listed was Generation Skin. I couldn’t find a separate Generation Clay website so I don’t know if they merged or not. There is always the possibility that it was always Generation Skin and I somehow missed that, but the mask line is still labeled Generation Clay. I’m in no way affiliated with the company and this isn’t a sponsored post, I just like and tend to repurchase their masks.
In essence activated charcoal is supposed to be able to suck up the excess oils from your skin. As clay is also supposed to draw impurities out of your skin as well, it seems like a pretty nice combo. If you are interested in learning more about charcoal in skin care (in an easily broken down way), I’d suggest checking out this post by Lab Muffin. I really like her posts actually. And she explains activated charcoal a lot better than I can.
But what should I expect when I apply it to my face?
GENERATION CLAY Detoxifying Charcoal Clay Mask is packed with all-natural
Activated Charcoal. Unlike the black ashy stuff you BBQ with, this kind of charcoal
detoxifies your skin by working like a magnet to draw out dirt, toxins, and impurities.
It’s paired with Cucumber, Marshmallow and Aloe Vera to soothe, and oil-absorbing
Witch Hazel to minimize pores. The result offers a deep clean that keeps breakouts
and blackheads at bay.
Cucumber, marshmallow and witch hazel are all on my list of skin care BFFs. Growing up we used witch hazel as toner to clear out the pores and reduce pimples. And I have always had good luck using marshmallow based products to reduce redness and irritation. Cucumber I just always think of as refreshing, but I am sure there are some skin care benefits I don’t know about them. Even not knowing the details I like cucumber in my skin care.
And I am all for a deeper clean. So, on to the face the mask goes. It is a clay mask and it feels like cool wet clay going on. As you can see in the photo of the newly applied mask, I can still smile when it is wet. As it dries over my fifteen minute stretch, I lose the ability to smile and therefore look a little like some sort of grumpy clay based supervillain.
But no matter.
The mask was applied, I lay down for the fifteen minutes it needed to do its thing and put my ipod on shuffle because I didn’t have anything I was really set on listening to. So my masking play list went from The Offspring to Mozart to Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies. Which was a little disconcerting.
Note to future self, choose a play list. Or at least stick to one genre.
But in fifteen minutes, brain slightly disordered and mask mostly dry I returned to the bathroom and washed the mask off. This is one of those masks where a wet brush is not a bad thing to have. What I tend to do is wet the brush, run it over the mask lightly, saturating the mask, but not scratching the skin. Then when it is loosened up, I wash it off completely and pat the skin dry. It also helps keep you from splashing charcoal colored water all over the sink and turning a fifteen minute mask into fifteen minuses of masking and twenty minutes of clean up.
Incidentally, the shiny lips are my Bite Beauty Agave Mask at work. Just because the mask won’t let me smile doesn’t mean I can’t show my lips some love.
So did my skin feel clearer and cleaner with my black heads disappearing like magic?
Or science that looks like magic I suppose.
My skin wasn’t magically blemish free, but it did feel cleaner and the blemishes I currently have feel a little more dried out. One of my deeper clogged pores that has been driving me crazy as I’ve been trying to get it to come to the surface so it can be cleared out, is just about breaking the surface. It is at the level now that after my conference call I can apply a Peace Out Acne Dot to it and let it sit for the rest of the day and actually get it cleared out. I can say it wasn’t nearly that raised earlier. For that alone I would be happy with this mask.
It didn’t really do a lot for the non-blemish areas, or at least no more than any other mask. I think what I might do however is use this in a multi masking plan. I really do prefer the Purple Generation Clay mask all over my face. I think in the future I might use the charcoal mask over the blemishes and the Purple brightening on the rest of my skin. That might actually put the best properties of each to the best possible use.
But as always, the final question is, would I purchase this mask again? The answer is yes I would. Like the other two clay masks from Generation Clay I would not mind keeping this on hand. In fact I think they sell a three pack with one of each in the pack for a bundled savings. Now that I’ve tried all three, this trio might end up on my restocking list.