I started to notice an account following me and liking my mask posts on Instagram about a month ago and I always like to follow back, so I went to check them out. It turned out this account, called Mudmasky, is an eco-friendly, organic company based in The Netherlands, and they just released a new product. I went to their website and checked it out and was very interested to find out that their product is a clay detox mask. As my readers know, I have oily skin and I love detox skincare products :D Since they were just launching their website and product, I was able to use a promo code that they did advertised on their IG site.
Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money, this is not a sponsored blog review nor are there any affiliate links.
Description: A Natural way to Detoxify & Renew your Skin within a Few Minutes. Refines Pores and Brightens, while keeping your skin Hydrated and Smooth. Helps to Balance your Skin’s pH for a Perfect Complexion. Skin becomes visibly Healthier, feels Energized and looks Plumper. What the Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask does: The Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask helps you to achieve the perfect pH for your facial skin. It helps to maintain the protective layer, which is known as the acid mantle, by getting rid of all the toxins, germ and bacteria and at the same time preserving the skins natural moisture. By “resetting” the pH value close to 5.5, the risk of (new) infection is getting reduced by over 92%.
This mask has 5 skin care benefits ~ some are immediate and some will take effect over a period of time using this mask.
- It contains French green and gray Wyoming clay to help draw out and remove any oil, dirt and gunk in your pores, while absorbing oil and other toxins. Cucumber extracts will keep the pH level to your skin’s own pH level and green tea extracts will help reduce bacteria and oil on your skin
- Betaine and Moroccan lava clay will help hydrate skin and not dry it out.
- Bamboo extracts contain silica which help promote the production of elastin and collagen, which will plump up your skin, tone and firm. Vitamin E is also an anti-aging ingredient as it is a powerful antioxidant that combats and reverses damage from free radicals.
- Calamondin, a hybrid fruit from citrus and kumquat, contains citrus acid that will help slough off dead skin cells and bring forth newer, younger skin by promoting skin cellular turnover. This will help brighten your skin tone naturally.
- Allantoin moisturizes and softens skin, making it look smooth and refined.
One thing I also found interesting is that this mask is designed to restore our natural pH skin level ~ I have no way of proving that, as I do not know how to pH test my own skin! However, I will try and pH test the mask itself. It did take a couple of weeks for my purchase to get to me, as it was coming from overseas. I also had free shipping, which Mudmasky currently offers global free shipping.
My skin was already dry prior to applying the mask: 17.1% oil/ 40.3 moist ~ this was due to it being the end of the day, it is cold outside, baby and I have been inside all day in either a heated office or home. Winter has come.
I applied a thin layer to my face and it was easy to apply as it has a very nice creamy texture. You can see the flakes of green tea in the mask and the mask color is a nice green shade. It has a light scent that is fresh and clean and certainly doesn’t smell like a traditional clay mask. The recommended times for leaving this product on are:
- Dry Skin: 7 minutes
- Combo Skin: 9 minutes
- Oily Skin: 11 minutes
I always look either so grim or terrified in my selfies. haha
Unlike a lot of clay masks, I didn’t experience any tingling or itchiness ~ although Mudmasky does state you might feel some tingle. I know that with some organic clay masks, I will get that horrid, itchy feeling as it dries and I didn’t get that with Mudmasky. I could feel it tightening, but it was not uncomfortable and it didn’t pull at my skin. It dried pretty quickly, and within 10 minutes, I was ready to rinse off. I used just plain warm water and when the mask was re-moistened, I took the opportunity to use the green tea flakes as a gentle exfoliator around my nose and chin area and then finished by rinsing completely off.
I did a analysis on my skin after I removed Mudmasky ~ I did have a slight tick down in my levels ~ 16.5% oil/36.8% moist. However, my skin analyzer kept me in the happy zone (happy face) and since my face was dry already, these numbers do not bother me that much. The amount it went down seems normal to me with an oil-controlling, detox mud mask and in fact, the moisture seems pretty high to me, all things considered. I would think it would suck all of the moisture out of my face, but it didn’t.
I also did a pH test on Mudmasky as I don’t know how to test my own skin’s pH level ~ it is difficult to read, as the product is green and not translucent. That said, what I did was take a bit of Mudmasky and dilute it with a small amount of water. Adjusting for the green color, I do think this has a pH level of around 5.5 to 6. So, I do think this is a good pH level product for those who have sensitive skin or are worried about using a higher pH product. If anyone has any tips on how to better test the pH level on a product like Mudmasky, please let me know in the comment section :)
My pores did look less noticeable and my face was very clean and bright. Although my skin was drier than normal, it did not feel tight or uncomfortable. However, I did follow up with a facial sheet mask after 10 minutes, just to get some hydration back into my skin, which it needed anyway regardless of using Mudmasky. If you don’t use facial sheet masks but a moisturizer, you should still wait 10 minutes. You can hydrate your skin with water if you need to during this time.
Ingredients: Aqua, Montmorillonite, Bentonite, Moroccan Lava Clay, Camellia Sinensis, Polysorbate 20, Maris Sal, Betaine, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hypoallergenic Parfum, D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Hedera Helix Extract, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract, Parietaria Officinalis (Pellitory) Extract, Sambucus Nigra Extract cosDNA.com analysis
There are no acne triggers or known irritants in this ingredient list, according to cosDNA.com. This product is paraben and sulfate free and Mudmasky does not test on animals (cruelty-free). Mudmasky has already provided a lot of information on their ingredients here, but I will repeat a few of the items from Mudmasky’s site here as I think they are ingredients of note:
Moroccan Lava Clay – also known as Rhassoul Clay or Ghassoul Clay – is mined from the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco. Moroccan Lava Clay is an extraordinary mineral-rich clay which helps in the treatment of dehydrated, sensitive skin and enlarged pores. It also helps build and strengthen elasticity of the skin. MUDMASKY uses Premium Light Brown Moroccan Lava Clay, which is the mildest of all the clays, making it ideal for people with sensitive and dry and/or dehydrated skin because it keeps the natural moist inside the skin. The amazing properties of Moroccan Lava Clay help to rebuild, moisturize and nourish the skin.
Montmorillonite – also referred to as Bentonite – has been extracted from Volcanic Ashes from the South of France. French Green Clay has enormous absorbent powers due to the constitution of its micro molecules. Montmorillonite safely eliminates toxic substances and impurities from your skin caused by environmental skin damage. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, and tightening pores.
The anti-bacterial content of the Camellia Sinensis Leaf helps with acne and skin blemishes and is suitable for any skin type. Different independent studies have proven that the anti-inflammatory properties of this Green Tea help with redness, rosacea, and even psoriasis. Camellia Sinensis Leaf protects against harmful UV rays, which in turn prevents premature aging, restoring skin’s elasticity and repairing any environmental damage.
The extract of the Cucumis Sativus Fruit has anti-inflammatory qualities, including (sun)burns. Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract can repair dry and damaged skin, and giving it a softer and smoother appearance. An other benefit is that the pH-value is identical with the human skin.
MUDMASKY contains purified dead-sea aqua instead of normal water, because the minerals found in dead-sea water are 30.000 times more than normal water.
For future use, I think I will just use this around my T-Zone area for the cooler months ahead. I do not need it around the sides of my face (cheeks, temples), but my nose, chin and part of my forehead would really benefit from this. My cheeks aren’t as oily as my T-Zone and especially in the winter months, it doesn’t need a lot of oil care.
This isn’t the cheapest mud mask out there ~ it is € 69 (includes shipping), which is about $73.50 USD and it is only a 60 mL tube of product. That said, natural and organic ingredients do not come cheap. I know this as I don’t just buy Asian skincare, but also natural and organic skincare products too. This mask will be saved for when I really need to detox and since I will only use it around my T-Zone, it should last me several months. Mudmasky recommends using this once or twice a week ~ no more ~ and it is good for all ages and skin types.
I am glad that I purchased this with a 20% coupon, otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have taken the chance to give this a try. I think for a natural, organic detox clay mask, this one does a really great job, while not irritating my skin ~ as I mentioned before, a lot of clay masks make me want to remove it quickly due to the insane itching feeling, but Mudmasky manages to avoid that feeling.
Mudmasky is currently offering a 10% coupon, good until the end of November ~ use nov30. Also, follow them on their IG feed, as they do post new coupons and specials there.
Are you interested in trying out this mask? Do you already own it? I love finding new products like this and if there is one thing I love just as much as my Asian Beauty products, it is organic and natural skincare products! I am looking forward to seeing the long term benefits with this mask.
[ descriptions in italics from mudmasky.com ]