Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask Review
Introducing one of those products that I keep going back to time and time again. The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask has become a regular favourite in my skincare routine and I always trust it will do it's job. It is one of my favourite manual exfoliators, perfect for those lazy mornings.
- Does a fab job of cleaning and 'reducing' the size of pores.
- Has a cooling effect.
- A manual (clay) exfoliator.
- Lathers onto your skin very nicely.
- Free of artificial fragrances, artificial pigments, parabens, mineral oil, animal-derived ingredients, ethanol and benzophenone.
- Dries hard- similar to what I imagine botox feels like.
The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a clay mask often recommended for those trying to reduce the size of their pores/ blackheads. Whilst it is not a miracle worker, I found this clay mask to be pretty darn effective. I have oily skin and therefore pores have always been a bit of a problem- until recently. After using my exfoliating acids twice a week (read about all that jazz here) and the Innisfree Clay Mask once a week, my pores have never been cleaner (and therefore look smaller!). The product itself comes in a 100ml tub, which looks very rustic and very cute. When applied to your face, the mask is the ashy-blue colour that one can expect from a clay mask and as it hardens, it turns more grey in colour. There is no spatula included. Normally I would be a little grossed out by this but the texture is so thick and the tub is so tiny that a spatula would just complicate matters.
According to the Innisfree website, this clay masks is a 6-in-1 treatment. It claims to shrink pores, control sebum, exfoliate, deeply cleanse, brighten skin tone and cool. I was pretty surprised when I found this clay mask to do all of the above, and do it well. All Innisfree products are free of the 'Nasty 7' (artificial fragrances, artificial pigments, parabens, mineral oil, animal-derived ingredients, ethanol, and benzophenone) which makes it a much friendly product for your face.
I would primarily recommend this mask to anybody that deals with large pores and blackheads i.e. oily skin types. However, this mask is so soothing and cooling that it would be a welcome bonus to any skin type skincare routine!
How to use:
- Get a fairly significant chunk of the mask onto your finger.
- Spread the clay onto your face as evenly as possible.
- Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes. It should be hard by now.
- Gently wash off with warm water- it might be easy to use a face cloth!
- Continue with toner.
The one thing that consistently surprises me with this clay mask is the genuine cooling effect you get upon washing it off. It claims to have a cooling effect of -5 degrees (celsius) which doesn't surprise me because it is so refreshing when you rinse it off. Clay masks are hands down one of my favourite types of masks because I like to use them on those lazy day mornings. They are so soothing (despite giving you mini botox for a few minutes) and the Innisfree Volcanic Clay Mask is no different. As it is a clay mask, the product really hardens onto your face at the 8ish minute mark. The hardening of your face makes it a little hard to talk but it ensures that you are relaxing why you're using it. It has a very thick but smooth consistency so it is not particularly strenuous to apply onto your skin- I actually really enjoy the texture.
It layers so well and feels like a mini facial when you're first applying it- the only thing that might be of concern is that I imagine it will harden slightly in the tub after a few months. But this shouldn't be a problem, nothing a little warm water won't fix! I might be in the minority but I enjoy using wash off masks more than I enjoy using sheet masks! I find that I enjoy having the control over where the product goes on my face, and also don't have to deal with flaps and dripping serum. It's a little too messy for my liking- this clay mask is the complete opposite and you won't find it dripping anywhere. Instead, you probably won't be able to move your face.
The immediate results I see from this masks are that cooling effect I mentioned earlier (very breathable) and that my skin is noticeably cleaner and soft to touch. I use this after my cleanser in the morning and before my toner (because I don't want to have to reapply that afterwards). I normally use it in the morning because I reserve my evening exfoliation routine for my chemical exfoliants. By itself, this mask is not enough to show *massive* results in your pore size and blackheads. It is however, a great way to cleanse and gently exfoliate. If you are really serious about exfoliating, I have seen results by adding acids into my skincare routine once or twice a week and using the clay mask every Sunday!
The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask retails for about 22NZD and 13USD. This is pretty standard for a Clay Mask, and good value considering it should last months! This mask is so thick and smooth that if you needed it to last longer, then you could be more frugal and use less. I, on the other hand, layer this baby right on up and enjoy every minute of it.
INGREDIENTS: WHAT THEY'RE FOR AND WHAT THEY DO:
Unsurprisingly, one of the key ingredients for the Innisfree Super Clay Mask is Volcanic Ash and in this particular product, volcanic ash refers to Jeju Volcanic Scoria. The Jeju mountain is crazy popular in Korean skincare and for good reason! By using ingredients from the mountain, companies are harnessing the power of nature and delivering all natural goodness. According to the Innisfree website, the Jeju Volcanic Scoria is a "pure and fairly rare ingredient formed from lava as it cools after a volcanic eruption." Volcanic Ash has been used for centuries for its cleansing, exfoliating and disinfecting and so is perfect for those with oily skin looking for a good clean!
- It also contains Kaolin, an ingredient often recommended oily skin types. It is normally found in clay masks and it helps to boost the effects of the Volcanic Ash. Kaolin is amazing because absorb oil and helps to mattify your skin as well.
Glycerin is another ingredient found near the top of the list. It is a skin-replenishing ingredient so it helps to enrich the surface of your skin with hydration and keep it there. There is also the generic plant extracts such as Orange Peel, Orchid, Camellia Sinensis which are all great at soothing and hydrating your skin.
- As always, this product is not completely free of reactive ingredients. Some noted ingredients that might react with sensitive skin include Butylene Glycol, Alcohol. If you are concerned, always check the COSDNA entry which you can find here.
1/5: Negative, nada, no.
2/5: Definitely not enough magic to consider re-purchasing.
3/5: It had its effects but there are many more products out there that do better for my skin type.
4/5: Going great! Going to keep using until I find something more effective.
5/5: HOLY GRAIL STATUS.
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