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I was looking for a natural alternative to face masks, so popped into Holland and Barrett to have a look at their range. I came across this mud mask. I was very interested in this as it is made using deep sea mud, containing deep sea minerals. I decided to try it out, as it was natural and I was fed up of using face masks that irritated rather than soothed my skin. I bought it in H&B for £7.99 although you can get it cheaper online.
The bottle is very simplistic, with a blue lid and white squeezy bottle. it has 'Dead Sea Spa Magik' written on the front in blue writing, with 'mud mask' written underneath it. It has the Dead Sea Magik logo near the top of the bottle. I really like the design of the bottle, it is aesthetically pleasing and I think simple is always better. It's not too 'in your face' but is still eye catching, so I think it has been designed well. The lid simply unscrews and you squeeze out the mask on to your hands then apply.
The mud mask does not have any particular scent, which is actually a refreshing change, as sometimes you just need something that doesn't constantly have a fragrance. It has a nearly black colour, sort of forest green , and is smooth in texture with little black grains that exfoliate the skin when you wash it off. Its very easy to apply, but you should make sure you tie your hair back or else your hair will be receiving a mud mask too! It can be a little messy so I would suggest keeping the tap running while you apply, so that you can just wash hands straight away after application and not dirty taps with mud.
I got a slight tingling sensation while the mask was on, but it wasn't unpleasant. It is a little messy to wash off, so your sink will get messy, but this is easily cleaned. It washes off very easily with water, and skin feels absolutely amazing after! Your skin feels soft and cleansed, and pores are clean.
I really like this mud mask. It is a little pricey for a face mask and can be a little messy, but when it's all natural ingredients and really works, I think it's worth it. My skin looks and feels amazing!
My skin is usually good, but for some reason (as with all things, it's probably down to stress) it's recently been playing up and breaking out a bit. It hasn't been terrible but I've had some spots around my chin and in my hairline which I really wanted to get rid of - the last thing you want when you're already stressed is a horrible spotty face! I was on a mission to get better skin, and when a friend recommended the Dead Sea Spa Magik range I was tempted and went to buy myself a face mask to do a deep clean on my skin. There's just something really appealing about the idea of getting all the gunk out of your skin and being able to wash the mask off to reveal beautiful fresh skin underneath (in theory, mind you - I had high hopes but wasn't expecting miracles!)
So what is the Dead Sea Spa Magik range and why is it supposed to be so good? Well, it's a brand which offers a range of skin, hair and body care products, from shampoo to anti-ageing face cream. Their main selling point is that they're made with water from the Dead Sea, which borders both Israel and Jordan and is really, really salty (it's 33.7% salt in fact, which is very high for a body of water and 8.6 times higher than the ocean.) The water also contains loads of minerals such as magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium, which are supposed to be very good for skin; in addition to the water itself the mud and salts found in and around the Dead Sea are also supposed to be excellent for cleansing and rejuvenating the body and skin.
This particular product is a face mask made with mud from the Dead Sea, which promises to deep cleanse the face and make it instantly brighter with fewer impurities, as well as replacing nutrients and generally being good for you. I quote from the packaging that the mask "deep cleanses normal/oily skin, removes impurities, refines and softens skin texture, and gives skin a fresh, healthy glow". A quick look at the ingredients reveals that it's full of natural ingredients, including actual Dead Sea mud, Matricaria Flower Extract, Linden Blossom Flower Extract, Lemon Balm Leaf Extract and Rooibos Leaf Extract; those are some pretty big promises so I was hopeful! The mask comes packaged in a small cardboard box with a leaflet and a plastic tube of the actual product inside. The design of the packaging is very clean-looking and I'd say almost 'medicinal' rather than indulgent or luxurious - it's white with blue highlights, very watery-looking and healthy. The leaflet gives you information about other Spa Magik products.
So how was the mask itself? I was surprised and delighted to see that yes, it really is the colour of mud: it's a dark greyish-brown! It doesn't really smell of anything, perhaps a bit mineraly and seaweedy if anything, but that's very faint. When you squeeze a bit out it's obvious that it's very thick and creamy, so a little really does go a long way. I made the mistake of putting too much on the first time and it didn't dry out properly, which I think didn't give as good effects as when I put a little less on and allowed it to dry. Applying the product is easy, just get some on your fingers and give it a good rub onto your face, avoiding your eyes. As it's so dark it's easy to see if you've missed any bits. The packet says to leave the mask for 1-5 minutes, but I ended up leaving it for more like 10 minutes and the effects were excellent. The problems come when it's time to get it off - it did dry on my face and needed some serious exfoliation with a natural sponge to get it all off, and even then I was left with seriously attractive six o'clock shadow around my jaw that my friend had to point out to me! I also found that it's a real pain to get off the sink afterwards and that it will stain light fabrics, so be aware of this.
What are the long-term effects like, I hear you wondering. My skin isn't really oily at all and using the mask hasn't dried it out or made it produce more oil to compensate; in fact I'd say that using this product once a week for a few weeks now has helped to balance and regulate what my skin is doing. The next morning my skin was definitely clearer, brighter and my spots had gone down, since then I've been using the mask once a week (using deep cleansing masks any more than that can make your skin produce too much oil and get even spottier, so go easy) and my skin is better than ever. Of course I can't put it all down to using this product as skin is good sometimes and bad at others, but I certainly feel it's had some effect.
I bought my Mud Mask from Boswells, a department store in Oxford, but I've seen Dead Sea Spa Magik products stocked in Lloyd's, Debenhams, Holland & Barrett and John Lewis, as well as in a few independent pharmacies. I paid £6.95 which isn't the cheapest product in the world, but as it works so well I'll be happy to buy another. Although it's a bit of a nuisance to get off and there's always the risk of it staining light towels, I'm so pleased with its overall performance that I thoroughly recommend the Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask and hope it continues making my skin even better. A clear, spot-free and clean-feeling face is worth risking of a couple of towels for, if you ask me!
If you're curious, you can visit http://www.findershealth.co.uk for more details about the Mud Mask and other products as well as a list of ingredients.
Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask / For an instant and exceptional deep cleanse / Spa Magik Mud Mask is an effective product containing Dead Sea Mud to remove deep-seated impurities and replace essential nutrients in the skin / Deep Cleanse normal/oily skin / Removes impurities / Refines and softens skin texture / Gives skin fresh, healthy glow