Review: So Natural Mate Green Tea Mud Mask ★★★★☆

 

So Natural Mate Green Tea Mud Mask is a creamy wash-off mask that claims to:

  • moisturize
  • revitalize
  • absorb impurities
  • exfoliate and smooothen
  • brighten
  • soothe

It contains 20% mate leaf extract, 10% Boseong green tea extract, and oat and apricot seed powder to gently exfoliate dead skin. The ingredients list on CosDNA looks pretty clean.

$25 on So Natural.

Water, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Kaolin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Bentonite, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Chromium Oxide Greens, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Salvia Sclarea Oil, Butylene Glycol, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Zea mays starch, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour

So Natural Mate Green Tea Mud Mask
1st try: Before masking

My skin is feeling a tad dry and sensitive today, not too bad. I’ve cleansed my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.

 

Product came in a 100ml sturdy glass jar with metal screw on cap. I find the packaging very simple and down to earth. The mud itself had a sage color with tiny black beads suspended in it.

So Natural Mate Green Tea Mud Mask
1st try: During masking

The mud mask felt very soft and reminded me of butter. It was such an ease to spread it on my face, the beads were too fine to give any sort of exfoliation during the application process. A tiny amount of product was able to completely cover my skin color. During the 15 mins of waiting time, I misted twice to prevent the mask from drying down completely and in turn sucking the moisture out of my skin. Despite doing that, my skin still felt stretchy and dry after 15 mins.

So Natural Mate Green Tea Mud Mask
1st try: After masking

I splashed my face with lukewarm water to soften the product before massaging it into my skin. The black beads provided some very gentle physical exfoliation. It was a challenge to rinse everything off since the product emulsified into a buttery slippery consistency, but persistence is key. After drying off, I skin felt smooth to the touch but it looked red and blotchy, and felt dry.

Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.

 

Moreover, I started breaking out in red spots the next day. It didn’t make sense since I’m not allergic to any ingredient on the list. So I allowed my skin heal and take a break for a week, the red spots did disappear by the 4th day.

After a week, I tried again, this time with a thinner layer of the mud mask and only a 10 mins waiting time. It was much easier to rinse off this time round. Redness was reduced this time compared to pre-masking. Pores also looked cleaner and looked smaller. Like my first try, my skin felt smooth but dry. I followed up with a moisturizer. Below are pictures from my 2nd go at this mask.

 

Sensitive skin types please be warned and don’t smear on an opaque layer like I did. I liked this mask much better now that I’ve learned how to use it to suit my skin. It’s a great way to maintain my pores, plus, requiring so little product each time meant that it will take me forever to finish this jar! Check out more So Natural reviews here.

$25 on So Natural.

Go be beautiful!

Love,
Elaine

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