February 26, 2013

beauty scoop | dr. hauschka cleansing clay mask

Though I’m a bit overdue for a professional facial (haven’t been since November), I’ve been keeping up with my home spa days thanks to my growing collection of amazing at-home treatments and masks.

I try to treat myself to at least one at-home mask per week, but when my skin is acting up a bit thanks to hormones and stress, I amp it up to two-three times a week and am sure to include a deep-cleansing mask to keep my pores in check.

My latest favorite deep-cleansing mask is Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Clay Mask, a dry clay mask that exfoliates and purifies all skin types.

dr. hauschka cleansing clay mask

{My friends at Saffron Rouge, an online retailer specializing in organic cosmetics and beauty products, sent me this Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask to sample and review. The 3.17-ounce jar retails for $49.95.}

In case you’re unfamiliar: A dry clay mask is a mask that is in raw clay form.

Instead of getting a ready-to-paint-on-your-face product, you’re getting a jar full of the active ingredients (clays and extracts) that you can then mix up yourself with the liquid of your choice (water, milk, jojoba oil).

dr. hauschka cleansing clay mask

{See how this lovely clay mask is in loose clay form? This is a good thing! You’re getting more of the active ingredient for your money.}

Because I have oily skin, I choose to mix my Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask with water — this allows the active clays and extracts to get deeper into my pores because there’s no thick barrier of emulsifier keeping some hydration onto the top layer of my skin.

(If you have combination skin, you can try mixing your clay mask with milk. If your skin is dry, use jojoba oil to mix your mask, but note that it may not get completely hardened and dry because of the intense hydration jojoba oil offers.)

What I love most about the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask is its no-nonsense approach to deep-pore cleansing. But what more could I expect from Dr. Hauschka, an old-school, biodynamic German brand that prides itself in addressing the underlying cause of skin care problems.

With a simple list of ingredients —  clay, Indian Cress extract, witch hazel extract and corn starch — it gets down to the nitty-gritty in degunking your pores, loosening sebum plugs and tightening up your skin for a refreshed, gorgeous complexion.

Another wonderful multipurpose use for the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask is as an overnight spot treatment. If you’ve got a monster forming on your skin that requires a little overnight drying, dab a bit of this mask onto it before bedtime, allow it to dry and leave it alone!

So, are you building out your own natural mask and skincare treatment collection like I am? What sort of masks do you have — and which ones do you want to add to your list?

I’d love to know your thoughts on clay masks — especially raw ones and this Dr. Hauschka mask! Tell me in the comments section.

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