Review: JJ Young by Caolion Lab Pore Cool Mask ★★★★☆
JJ Young by Caolion Lab Pore Cool Mask is a wash-off clay mask that aims to rejuvenate skin and tighten pores. This mask combines oil-absorbing bentonite, purifying charcoal, volcanic ash and cleansing kaolin with moisturizing grape seed oil and cooling menthol to help strengthen, calm and firm skin while controlling sebum and eliminating impurities – all while providing a refreshing, cooling effect.
CosDNA analysis looks good with all ingredients scoring 2 or less on the safety scale and only the 2nd last ingredient, butylene glycol, scoring a 1 on the acne scale.
The size of our pores is largely based on genetics and cannot be changed. But we can take measures to can prevent them from enlarging by keeping it clear from dirt and oil.
Directions: Apply enough amount (3g) evenly to face. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse clean with lukewarm water. For use on entire face or targeted areas. Contains micro grains. Avoid contact with eye area.
50 g of product came in a plastic squat jar with a screw-on cap. Simple and basic packaging designs like this gives me the impression that I’m paying for the actual product inside, which is awesome.
The jar came factory sealed for hygiene and safety purposes. After removing this seal, there no longer exists any protection between the outer lid and the product. For situations like this, I wish the company would externally include an inner lid or something so we can keep the product fresh for the entire 6 months.
A uniquely shaped spatula was included in the box. It took me a hot minute to figure out which side is meant to scoop the product. But I figured it works both ways because they have the same shape, just that one side is a larger scoop than the other. So it depends on the amount the prefer to scoop out at one go.
I was amazed by how creamy and smooth the clay mask was. It’s more like a face cream than a clay mask. Also, it was giving off a mild peppermint scent.
Thanks to how creamy smooth the clay mask was, it glided onto my skin without dragging. I managed to get an opaque coverage easily and quickly.
My skin is feeling a very dry today. I’m also sporting congested pores and a red spot where a pimple is brewing underneath I’ve cleansed, exfoliated, and toned my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
I scooped a huge dollop of clay mask onto the back of my hand and replaced the outer lid immediately. With my fingers, I was able to spread a thin, even, yet opaque layer onto my skin within seconds. Right away, I felt a minty cool sensation on my skin. It was nice and enjoyable at first but after 5 mins, the sensation intensified and I felt that it was a little too strong for my liking. I decided to power on till the end anyway. After 20 mins, the minty cool sensation was still going strong but I got used to it. The clay mask had completely dried up and turned colorless. My skin felt slightly tight, which made me decide on a shorter wait time the next time I use this mask.
The clay mask did not emulsify easily upon contact with water. After some massaging, it turned into a cream cleanser type of consistency. It had a lot of slip so it took quite a number of splashes to rinse off completely.
My skin started to feel tight and stretchy the moment I toweled off, as with most of the clay masks I’ve tried. The minty sensation was still going strong, but it has turned into a cool feeling rather than a spicy feeling. I was expecting my skin to look even redder than before due to this, must I was surprised that my redness has toned down instead. My skin texture felt very smooth to the touch, pores looked smaller and cleaner.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
I think this is a budget-friendly clay mask that’s suitable for acne-prone skin types with constant inflammations. My prone-ness to acne is pretty mild so I’m looking forward to caring for my pores with this product when the hotter days arrive.
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