Review: Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask ★★★★★
Skinfood’s Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask is a soothing and hydrating clay mask that absorbs oil and calms skin irritation, promoting pure, healthy skin. A hypoallergenic anti-dust and detoxifying cleansing line featuring Bitter Green-5 complex that helps discharge toxins.
Cold-pressed green juice is on trend right now. The 5 Complex is made up of the same power hitters in any healthy green juice – wheat grass, kale, celery, cabbage, and broccoli extracts. The detoxifying properties of these greens will help discharge toxins and impurities that build up in skin from pollution and other environmental elements, replenish it with essential nutrients to keep skin healthy and pure, and create a protective barrier to continue to defend skin from pollution and particulate matter. These foods are packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Their antioxidant effects fight skin damage caused by free-radicals and pollutants in the environment; their anti-inflammatory traits work to alleviate redness, irritation, and stress.
It is hypoallergenic and free of artificial fragrance and dyes.
My skin is slightly irritated and greasy today due to the heat wave. I’m also sporting a couple of PIHs. I’ve gently cleansed my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
Product came in a 145g plastic jar, which felt sturdy and crack-proof. It did not come with a spatula nor a box, instead, the jar was heat sealed with a plastic wrapping. Aside from the product name, everything else is in Korean.
A waft of grassy herbal-ly scent drifted toward me as soon as I twisted the lid off. Some people might find this offensive, it’s definitely an acquired taste (scent). Sporting a cool mint color, the clay was spotted with small, uneven-looking bits. These are actually luffa bits from luffa fruit powder. The luffa plant, a relative of the cucumber, produces large gourds that leave a durable network of fibers after treating and drying the fruit. The resulting mildly abrasive scrubber exfoliates your skin and enhances surface circulation. Unlike harshly abrasive scrubbers and sponges, a luffa’s firm but elastic fibers are round in cross section and are less likely to scratch skin. Upon dipping my finger in it, the bits felt like dried basil or oregano that came in spice bottles. They felt soft enough to give a mild exfoliation.
The clay felt smooth and was very spreadable, it felt like I was spreading butter on my face. A little goes a long way, a thin layer covered up my skin completely. This is the gauge I use to determine the right amount. It is buildable and easy to get an even layer.
Sensitive skin types like me might want to start with a thin layer first because it did start tingling mildly around the more vulnerable parts of my face. The tingle persisted throughout the 10 mins of wear, which was also the duration I’d recommend for sensitive skin types. When it comes to clay masks, I refuse to let it dry down completely for fear of losing the hydration in my skin.
When it came time to rinse this off, I splashed my skin with water to emulsify the clay and gently massaged it around while rinsing it off. The luffa bits did not feel harsh at all on my skin, again it provided the right amount of gentle exfoliation.
Upon toweling off the water, my skin did not feel dry nor stretchy at all. Though I wouldn’t recommend leaving it at that, following up with a hydrating sheet mask or skincare routine can actually enhance the effects of this mask.
My skin felt very soft and baby smooth, and had a silky sheen to it. No change in the size of my pores but they did look cleaner. Active acne felt less painful and looked less red, overall redness was also slightly reduced. On days when I used this, I did notice less oil production throughout the day. This effect lasted a couple days on me.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
This is a great product for normal to oily skin types and a great one for prep the skin for a sheet-masking session. It’s gentle enough for a twice weekly use to keep sebum production under control. Since a little goes a long way, this 145g jar will last me ages! Talk about affordability!
This is yet another awesome wash-off product from Skinfood that won me over! I’m elated to have found a purifying clay mask that’s gentle enough and actually works on my sensitive skin type! Check out more Skinfood reviews here.