Product Type: Montagne Jeunesse body care
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Dead Sea Mud Pac
Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Anti Stress Mud Pack
Member Name: zombieflesh
Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Anti Stress Mud Pack
Advantages: gave my skin a deep clean
Disadvantages: unpleasant appearance and fragrance, drying
This particular face mask is described as a Dead Sea Mud anti-stress treatment with sea kelp nutrients, for normal, oily and T-zone skin. Montagne Jeunesse say: "We've harvested ultra deep cleansing Dead Sea Mud to draw out impurities and open blocked pores to leave skin feeling cleansed and soft."
Recommended directions for use: Thoroughly cleanse face with warm water only (not soap or detergent) to leave pores open. Apply evenly over face and neck with fingertips, avoiding eyes and lips. Lie back, relax and de-stress. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, or until dry, and rinse with warm water. Pat dry. Use weekly.
Usually I like to give myself a good pampering when I am using a face mask, and would start the process by cleansing with a rich creamy hot cloth cleanser. However I noticed that the instructions for the Mud Pac specifically state to cleanse only using warm water, so I followed this advice and then went about applying the masque. The packaging opens easily, so you can squeeze the pouch and the contents come out of the corner through the small tear. This helps to control how much product you want to come out of the packet. Unfortunately I went a bit overboard and tore a big chunk out of the sachet so it was a little messier than usual to apply because of my mistake.
The Dead Sea Mud Pac was not the most luxurious skincare treat that I've tried from the Montagne Jeunesse range, and I personally found it quite unappealing. It has a blue colour to it, which instantly reminded me of the alien vomit from Peter Jackson's movie "Bad Taste", so this immediately gave me the cringe factor. It also had a strong artificial scent which I can only associate with bathroom cleaning products, and to me it smelled like a toilet block which gave me an overall bad first impression of the mask.
The mask itself had a lovely consistency so this made it easy to apply. I was able to spread the product over my face and it went exactly where I wanted it to, and then stayed there, so there were no problems with any drips or mess. The mask is nice and smooth and had a gently cooling effect when I put it onto my skin. Usually these face masks contain far too much of the product and there is always some leftover which gets wasted if you do not store it and re-use correctly. This sachet contained 20g of product which is more than usual and I managed to get two full applications from the one packet by wrapping the open sachet in cling-film and then storing it in the fridge until I was ready to use it again. This makes it seem better value for money and is quite affordable for a skin treatment to use at home. I used this face mask twice, a couple of days before and a couple of days after my Hallowe'en night out. I was wearing heavy face paint as part of my costume and thought that the extra treatment would help to keep my skin in good condition after being smothered in face paint.
This should be left on for 10-15 minutes to allow it to really get to work on your skin. The first time I left it on for the full 15 minutes and by this time the masque was very dry and starting to crack. After I had washed it away my skin felt clean and fresh with a smooth finish. My skin type is combination (normal with oily T-zone) with a tendency to go oily or blemished, and I do get the occasional sensitive patch during the colder winter weather. I was surprised to see that after using this mask my face felt really dry and tight, and I needed to follow up with moisturiser straight away to get my complexion back into balance. The second time I used the mask I left it for a few minutes less, but it seemed to dry very quickly again and was nearly fully set by the time I went to wash it off. Again, my skin was lovely and clean, but it was also very dried out. I could see that using the face mask helped to give my skin a refreshing deep cleanse, and I did not suffer from any blemishes at all during or after the time when used it. However, I think that it was too harsh and drying so it doesn't give a good all-round result. I imagine that the instructions recommend using only water to wash your face to avoid stripping the skin further by using a cleansing product before applying the mask.
Overall I can't recommend this face mask. It was effective at giving my skin a deep clean when I needed it, but it was unpleasant to use and really dried my skin out. There are much better alternatives from Montagne Jeunesse so I'll be sticking with my favourites in the future.
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Summary: Not recommended