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I bought the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask along side the Dr. Hauschka Facial Steam Bath because these compliment each other and both have effective results when used together. This face mask set me back just under £20 but for once I did not mind because I knew this would work on my terrible skin at the time. I don't mind paying a hefty price if the product is actually going to work and in a quick time as well. My skin at the time was filled with blemish's that just wouldn't budge and the looked nasty and sore and it was difficult to cover with make up some days. This mask is best suited to oily and blemished type skin although any type can use it but it is mainly aimed at those two types. I don't get any oily patches but of course like already stated I did at the time have a few too many blemishes. When I used the Dr. Hauschka Facial Steam Bath as my face was still moist and warm I put my ready made mixture of this onto my skin and left it to set, you do this once a week and you don't need to do it any more than that because this is effective. You have to make this product up yourself and this is how you do it - -Problem skin should have the mask treatment once a week, and the mask treatment should follow a steam treatment using Facial Steam Bath. Mix the mask before the steam treatment so that you can apply it immediately afterwards. -Mix one heaped teaspoon of powder to about one and a half teaspoons of water to create a soft paste. Apply the mask to your skin using a mask brush or your fingers, avoiding the immediate eye area. -Sensitive skin should leave the mask on for 3-5 minutes; dry and normal skin should leave it on for 5-10 minutes; oily and impure skin should leave it on for 10-15 minutes. -Remove the mask with lots of warm water, then splash with cool water. Apply Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner, and your usual moisturiser. It's easy to mix this up,I have a separate pot in which I make this because this doesn't come with any extra pots to make this up in.It's really easy to mix this and the solution only takes several minutes to be completed. The product after I had made it was very runny and at the time I didn't know if it was supposed to be or if I had done it wrong and it was supposed to be thick, but now I know it was fine how I made it up. Applying this is very cool on the face which is refreshing after you've had your face steamed for 15 minutes. This mask will dry like a regular mask and I leave mine on for around 15 minutes so I have a half a hour treatment all together, this feels really heavy on the face and feels like it's just clogging my freshly opened pores up, looking in the mirror this is an unattractive brown colour but no one looks attractive in a face mask do they. Washing this off after my time was up to my surprise with a slash or two of warm water this started to come off with ease once I had finished I usually have some around my nose jaw and hair line but everything came off straight away. drying my face I moved closer to inspect my face not expecting to see a difference however I was wrong, from that first time of using both the mask and the steam my blemishes were a lot more pinky than they were red and I couldn't believe this, after using this for just over a month my skin got clearer and clearer every time and stayed that way. Not only were the blemishes reduced from the first time of using this my skin also looked more radiant, I could wear less make up and my skin was healthier and soft and I got many compliments about it. I would definitely recommend this product for blemished skin because for once this is a product that works.
I have constantly clogged pores and a greasy t zone so am always on the lookout for something to combat this nuisance. I bought this as I have heard a lot of good things about the Dr Hauschka brand and prefer natural products. The packaging is very nice, a heavy ceramic pot containing a dried clay powder which you mix with water to make the mask. However this is where it gets tricky and rather messy. You need an empty container to mix the mask in, preferably something you don't mind getting caked in dried mud! Mixing in just the right amount of water proved tricky and I had to add a bit more powder, then water to get the right consistency, and even then after what seemed like aeons of mixing it was still a rather lumpy and by this time my bathroom was a mud bath. I applied the somewhat lumpy mask, which went on well considering my lazy attempts at mixing. Getting a good coverage was tricky as I feel the elusive perfect consistency was not reached. Leaving it to dry on the skin can be quite uncomfortable, you have to keep a still face or you will crack up like a river bed in drought season and those little flakes of mud that will fall off are very messy indeed. Though despite the mess and discomfort this stuff does unclog the pores, you can see little dark spots of grease soaking into the pale clay! Washing it off was another festival of mess, the water reduces it all to a gooey goop and you have to be very careful to not touch anything with your hands untill you have cleaned them too unless you want muddy hand prints everywhere, and if you should be unlucky enough to get any in your hair, errggh! But despite the ungodly mess and fuss, I was left with clean, fresh looking skin, but the mess and fuss is just too much for me to make this a regular part of my routine, a pre mixed mask you an just slap on would be so much easier!
I am always moaning about my oily skin and the shininess and blemishes that accompanies it. My mother is always telling me that I'm lucky as it means fewer wrinkles and more youthful skin but right now, it's just annoying. My mother must have had enough of my whining, because I unwrapped the Dr Hauschska Daily Face Care Kit which has been specifically designed for oily skin like mine. I don't know what I was more excited about, using the products inside or reviewing them. Sad... But true!! One of the products inside was the Cleansing Clay Mask. What does the product do? The product has been designed to deeply clean the skin right down into the pores. It promises to absorb the excess oils and impurities that cause shininess and blemishes. It also has antibacterial qualities so it draws spot causing bacteria from the skin leaving it clean and clear. How does it work? The product, as is evident from its name, contains clay which absorbs oils and draws impurities out of the skin. Witch Hazel is present which has antibacterial properties which kills spot causing bacteria and reduces inflammation of the skin and calms angry red blemishes. Nasturtium is included because of its healing properties and its ability to speed up the healing process of blemishes which are already present. How do you use the product? Using the product is not a simple and straight forward process. The mask comes in a powdered form and you need to create the mask yourself by mixing one heaped teaspoon of the mask with one and a half teaspoons of water. You need to mix the two together and you'll be left with a paste. This actually isn't as easy as it sounds. It is one of those annoying processes where you add too much water and it becomes too runny, so you add more powder and it becomes too lumpy and so you add more water.... And so on! It would be easier if this product came premade but I'm sure there's a reason why it's not. You then need to use your fingers to spread the paste onto your face, carefully avoiding the eye area. If your skin is sensitive, you advised to leave the product on for up to five minutes, those with normal skin can leave it on for up to ten minutes, while oily skinned people like me are to let it do its work for up to fifteen minutes. The mask is to be removed once the time is up with warm water, although I find that a warm, damp flannel gets the job done quicker and more effectively. You are advised to splash your face with cold water to close the pores again and then use your normal moisturiser. Dr Hauschka advises that you use a steam treatment before the mask because this opens up the pores and allows the mask to work its way deeper into the skin. I didn't have time for this but I still had good results. Price and Packaging My clay mask came in a 10 grams sachet because I had it as part of a set. The actual product comes in a heavy circular tub with a screw top lid. It is quite expensive costing around £20 for £9. The product can be bought from large Department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams. It is also available online so if you shop around then you may find a better deal. You can also buy it as part of the Daily Care Face Kit but obviously you only get the smaller amount like I did. Appearance and Aroma The product comes in a powder form and it is quite fine. It has a deep brown colour that you would expect from a clay mask and it smells like a muddy clay. Performance The product feels completely natural on the skin and it is gentle. It doesn't itch or feel uncomfortable but you can feel a tightening sensation as the product dries. The mask is not supposed to dry so when it does start drying out, you are advised to keep dampening it by gently pressing a flannel over the top in order to keep it moist. The product is quite easy to remove although it does take a few minutes. You need to make sure it's all off or your face starts to feel dry. It instantly makes my skin feel soft and smooth. It manages to get all the oil off and makes it feel completely clean without drying it out. It doesn't cause any blemishes. I can't say I've noticed a reduction in the size of my pores or the formation of black heads but I do feel like it's done a good job of cleansing my skin. It is only to be used once a week and I do only really notice the results on the day that's it's used so doesn't really have long lasting results. Conclusion All in all, this is a good product that cleanses the face well. It is a pain to make and can be difficult to achieve the correct consistency. It feels nice on the skin, cleanses it well and makes my skin soft and smooth, while controlling the oiliness for a short time. I like using the mask but don't think I would purchase the full price one as it's expensive and the results weren't that obvious.
I received a sample of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask in the 'Daily Face Care Kit for Oil Skin' that I bought from the website. I wanted to see how the products would work for my skin before splashing out on the full size products. It came in a little sachet that would be suitable for one use. A little bit about my skin: My skin can get very oily during the daytime, and I have recently been having problems with 'under the skin' spots on my forehead and cheek area. I have a few blackheads on my nose and chin and my skin can be very sensitive to any form of exfoliation. Why I chose this product/About the product: I was really looking forward to trying this mask from the Face Care Kit, especially as you cannot buy the individual trial sachets from the website. Buying this kit is essentially the only way you can 'try' the product before buying the full size. On the website, the mask is said to be for normal to oily skin types, and is described to 'absorb excess sebum and impurities', to be 'deep cleansing and disinfecting' and that 'the tightening action of the clay drying on your face pulls the impurities out of your pores'. I thought, Perfect!, this will hopefully help suck out any nasty impurities that seem to be causing so much mayhem with my skin. This mask will set you back a hefty £24.00 for a 90g jar, or £18.75 for a refill. This price, which is expensive for me considering I usually spend around £6.00 on a face mask, is what really pushed me to try the trial size first. The ingredients: Loess Fine clay of mixed composition known as "Heilerde", which means "Healing Earth". Clays are naturally occurring, finely ground rocks composed of various minerals. Most clays are deposited from water and found near river banks and deltas or ocean beds. Loess is deposited from airborne dust. Clays are detoxifying and have a "drawing" action due to their electrically charged particles. Traditionally, clay has been used for its healing, detoxifying and germicidal actions. Tropaeolum Majus Extract Also known as the common garden nasturtium, the whole plant is infused with a spicy, warming quality. Nasturtium is native to South America where the fresh leaves are placed on inflamed wounds and eaten fresh as a spring tonic. Recent research shows an oil extract of the leaves effective against viruses, bacteria and yeasts and in strengthening the immune system. Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract The bark and leaves from biodynamic Witch Hazel are used for their anti-inflammatory properties. The essences are very widely used in the preparations and Witch Hazel has a long established tradition of use in skin care. How do you use it? The website includes lots and lots of handy tips and information on how to get the best out of your mask and how to use it properly. The instuctions for use are as followed: -Problem skin should have the mask treatment once a week, and the mask treatment should follow a steam treatment using Facial Steam Bath. Mix the mask before the steam treatment so that you can apply it immediately afterwards. -Mix one heaped teaspoon of powder to about one and a half teaspoons of water to create a soft paste. Apply the mask to your skin using a mask brush or your fingers, avoiding the immediate eye area. -Sensitive skin should leave the mask on for 3-5 minutes; dry and normal skin should leave it on for 5-10 minutes; oily and impure skin should leave it on for 10-15 minutes. -Remove the mask with lots of warm water, then splash with cool water. Apply Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner, and your usual moisturiser. How did it work? I followed the step-by-step instruction manual that came with my kit. It told me to cleanse and tone as usual, use the Facial Steam Bath to steam my skin for 5 minutes to soften the skin and loosen any impurities, then apply the mask. I prepared the mask beforehand, mixing it with around 2 teaspoons of water and a tiny splash of the Clarifying Toner, also instructed by the manual. I think I put a bit too much water in as upon application the mask was quite runny, but I managed to get it on okay. The mask was a brown colour and didn't smell of anything in particular, maybe just a slightly bit herby. One sachet was enough to cover the whole of my face quite thickly. Instead of leaving the mask to 'dry' like I usually would, it is recommended to keep it moist throughout the whole process. The good thing was that it didn't dry up as quickly as other masks usually do so I didn't have to worry about it too much, but I did have to slightly dampen some areas with warm water to keep it moist as recommended. I thought this would be a messy process but the mask simply absorbed the water again and didn't 'fall' off like I was expecting it to. After the 15 minutes were up I went to wash my mask off, expecting it to be the messy affair that most masks involve. How wrong I was! Using warm water to splash my face, the mask came off immediately with ease. Usually I have a lot left around my hair line and jaw line, but this just seemed to wash off straight away. I dried my face and immediately inspected myself in the mirror (lol!). The lumps and bumps were noticeably reduced, two of the more visible spots had significantly calmed down - the redness was gone and they had dried up a lot. My skin felt lovely and soft, and overall looked a lot more radiant. The next day after using it, my skin continued to look clear, and no breakouts occurred. Overall I would say this is a nice mask, and definitely gave me some nice results, but nothing amazing stood out for me to want to jump at the chance of paying £24.00 for a full size jar. I know that I would end up trying to just use it once a month to save on the price! I would, however, definitely buy the Daily Face Care Kit again, as I now like the whole range due to trying this kit and the sample of this mask is definitely and added bonus! I think acne prone skin would see great results with this mask, it calmed my sensitive skin and kept it clear.