Continuing with my favourite skin care brand of late, today we are going to talk about the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. Clay masks are amazing for skin specially for ladies like myself who have oily or combination skin. The basic funda behind clay masks is, as it dries, it sucks all the impurities from the pores of the skin. Thus it makes the pores appear smaller (as they are empty now) and makes the skin look clean.
Claims for Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
This deep-pore cleansing masque may be used for normal to oily skin types to help eliminate debris and dead surface skin-cell accumulation that can clog pores and leave skin dull-looking.
Helps eliminate surface impurities and toxins from the skin.
After use, skin appears more refined with visibly minimized pores.
Found in Canada and the Midwest, this is a colloidal aluminum silicate clay used as a suspending agent in a variety of skin care formulas including lotions and makeup. Because it absorbs oil, it is often used as a facial mask to reduce shine. Also helps to stabilize formulas.
Derived from the aloe vera plant this ingredient has been known to soften, soothe and comfort skin.
Amazonian White Clay
Helps purify and detoxify skin. This clay is known to remove bacteria, toxins, excess oil and dead cells that can clog skin and result in enlarged pores.
Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Propanediol, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Corn Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Ceterath-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Oat Kernel Flour, Allantoin.
How To Use
-Apply a thin layer to damp, clean skin, avoiding the immediate eye area and allow to dry (approximately ten minutes)
-When dry, gently remove using a warm, wet towel and gently pat dry
-Recommended for use once or twice a week
In the USA one can buy it for $26.00 for 142 grams product.
In India, this product is sold for Rs. 2400/-
In Detail Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque Review
The Kiehl’s facial mask comes in a super basic tub packaging with labels on the outside mentioning all the details about the product. I really like companies like Kiehl’s, Mario Badescu etc who pay more attention to the actual quality of the product rather than its packaging. What I am saying is, its better to have an amazing product and simple packaging than having an ordinary product in a fancy packaging.
This mask has no fragrance. It’s a very light ash grey in colour. It has a typical clay like consistency, a little bit softer. If you have used fuller’s earth, you can relate to the consistency I am talking about. The product description says we only need to apply a very thin layer of it on the skin and this is to be used once or twice a week. Going by these instructions, the mask sure will last me a very very long time. I have been using it for a month now (twice a week) and you can see for yourself I have hardly made a dent in it.
How I Use it
I like to apply a thin layer of it on freshly cleansed skin. I use my fingers and apply it all over my face and neck avoiding the eye area. I also used it as an overnight spot acne treatment where I just applied the tiniest bit of it over the zit. I often find myself using clay masks right before my shower just because its so much easier to clean them off. I usually wash it off with normal temperature water.
As soon as I apply the face mask, I can feel this mild tingling-burning like sensation on my skin. Its really mild and doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable. This feeling is gone after I have had the mask for about 3-4 minutes. It takes about 15-20 minutes to dry off completely. I like to wash it off with normal temperature water. This comes out really easily as compared to other clay based masks. I always follow it up with my toner and moisturiser.
After I have used it, first thing I notice is that it really brightens up the skin. This brightening effect lasts for around 2 days if I am not going out much which is great. The glow it imparts to the face stays on for a couple of days in my case but I have come across people who tell me that after using this product they had glowing skin for about 3-4 days. It makes the skin feel smooth and soft. Coming to the best part, it calms down my skin, takes away all the irritation and cleans the pores. This is why its my favourite mask to use at times when my skin starts breaking out. It helps get rid of break outs and prevents new zits from appearing. It does act on blackheads but not on the really stubborn ones.
Whenever I have a random zit or a breakout, I apply this overnight and in the morning it really dries out the zit. The bentonite clay it contains has a very strong anti acne properties so I always keep it handy around my vanity because you never know when our skin wants to throw a little breakout tantrum, and we have to pamper it so that it calms down. It has aloe vera leaf extract which really soothes the skin.
Overall I have to say that I have been loving this face mask. Though it is a little pricey but this 142 grams jar is going to last me a long time since I only use a little bit to cover up my entire face and neck area. Calculating by the dent I have made in it in a month, I say this would very easily last me for more than 7-8 months which is pretty awesome.
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PROs of Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
1. Very basic, informative packaging.
2. Soft clay consistency with a smooth texture, makes it very easy to apply.
3. Dries off quickly in 15-20 minutes and it is easy to wash off.
4. Gives a lovely glow and brightening effect to day face which last a couple of days or more.
5. Makes the skin really soft and smooth.
6. Keeps acne and breakouts at bay.
7. Helps with blackheads.
8. Reduces the appearance of pores.
9. Dries out any minor zit that I may have and helps get rid of it.
10. The 142 grams of product is going to last me a long time.
CONs of Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
1. The bulky tub packaging is definitely not travel friendly however I guess its not made to be travelled with since one is only supposed to use once or twice weekly.
1. Irrespective of your skin type, always use a good moisturiser after using a clay mask since they squeeze out the moisture from the skin.
2. Never forget to apply a face mask on the neck area as well.
3. Dry skin beauties are advised not to use this more than once weekly.
4. Though it works on minor breakouts, zits and blackheads; it may not work on severe or active acne and always take your dermatologists opinion before starting to use any face product if you suffer from serious acne.
(0.2 marks deducted because it does dry out the skin a little bit especially when you have dry skin)