I had a strained relationship with the masks at home…we’ve been on quite the journey, to say the least. What started with peel off masks in my tweens turned into acne clay masking, but as someone with normal to dry, sometimes sensitive skin, those layers of crisp green clay have historically dried out. the hell out of my face.
While I found nice and cozy territory with creamy hydrating masks, I thought it was safe to assume that clarifying and pore-treating mask formulas were out of the question. Bit of a shame, considering I still deal with hormonal acne on my chin (super fun!).
Imagine my delight when I caught wind of the new Tatcha Clarifying Clay Mask ($70) — a gentle, sensitive-skin-safe iteration of the sage-colored masks of yesteryear (and a much-needed update !). This one uses Japanese clay from the Okinawa region and Japanese volcanic ash (we’re off to a good start already), and instead of constricting your tender face like it’s on a stretcher, it gently rests on skin like a cream…and hydrates as it exfoliates!? Witchcraft.
I got to try the thing out myself and was thrilled with the color changing effects (maybe it’s the 90s baby in me); it turns pink and warms up a bit teenage as it works on your face. Using it after a very light cleanse with a cream cleanser, it worked wonders in just under five minutes, reviving my complexion and leaving me with the level of baby bottom softness we all crave. Smooth, clear, luminous, soft and happy skin.
This product is designed for normal, combination, and oily skin, but it worked 100% for me (I focused on the lower half of my face, where I tend to pass out!). It’s amazing to wash off a clay mask and actually feel hydrated and clearer. You usually get one or the other in a mask, but not this one.
I especially love that you can do this mask for just three minutes and still get a brightening and exfoliating (but not drying!) refreshment for your face – it definitely makes self-care at home a little more achievable! And it’s not just me; despite being a brand new product, it already has a five-star rating from hundreds of fans on Tatcha’s site alone (the same goes for Sephora!).
One customer writes, “I bought this product and I’m in love, it warms up and your skin literally gets a spa treatment at home! It was amazing and I would definitely recommend taking it! It has brightened up my skin tremendously and I’ve never had such clear skin like this in my life.”
Another, someone with dry skin, said, “Love it. My skin is combination to dry, but this mask was still wonderful. My skin immediately felt and looked softer, brighter and smoother. . It’s really worth it.”
If you suffer from acne and congested pores, but tend to have dry or sensitized skin, I highly recommend checking out this clarifying mask. At $70, it’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s worth it for the quality of the ingredients and the smoothing, gentle yet effective results.
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