For those who have oily and acne prone skin like mine, clay masks are a must-have in our skincare regime. These kaolin masks, which usually contain Bentonite, Glycerin and Glycol, amongst other ingredients, help to cleanse and unclog pores, removing oil and impurities and therefore reducing the possibility of acne. Such products are usually recommended to be used only once or twice a week.

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(from left) Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque and GlamGlow Super Mud

Today, I shall introduce 4 different products of different price ranges – the splurge, save or steal?

SPLURGE: GlamGlow Super Mud (S$92 for 34g)

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Founded by a Hollywood-based couple who concocted the mask for their celebrity friends – apparently Keanu Reeves was the first person to test out GlamGlow’s products – GlamGlow’s mask products have the testimonials from bigwigs such as Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Buble etc.

The Supermud, which contains six different acids, is supposed to draw out dirt and congestion as well as brighten and soften skin. In a dark grey watery shade that resembles cement, the product is highly effective. It is able to tighten and suction all dirt and debris from your pores within a short time. However, it can feel a bit too strong and drying on certain skin types. This can also be used a spot treatment, to be only applied on the zits. Supermud is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

If you feel like splurging on skincare, the Supermud is definitely something you should consider. GlamGlow’s range of masks are now available at Sephora stores here.

SAVE: Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque (S$67 for 60ml)

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Formulated with several essential oils – Chamomile, Tea Tree Leaf, Evening Primrose etc – the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque is able to dry and minimise blemishes with a soothing effect on the skin. The result – you don’t really experience the tight and flaking effect that you might get from other clay masks.

Due to this soothing, moisturising nature of the product, it is recommended that you use it as a overnight spot treatment on your pimples. I have tried that and see the pimple subside gradually over a few days.

This is a feel-good clay mask that smells heavenly and helps to cleanse your pores while retaining moisture on your skin. As a zit treatment, I feel that it takes more time and patience to observe the effects.

STEAL: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque (S$45 for 142g)

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I have been a staunch supporter of this product since 2009 – please refer to review here. This is a great pore cleansing mask that not only removes impurities, but also helps to brighten your skin tone. In addition, the 142g is a huge tub that lasts a long time if you were use them twice a week.

I would consider this product as a fixture in my skincare regime for cleansing purposes. The Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque does not work as an acne treatment.

SUPER STEAL: Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque (S$12.90 for 120g)

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Another product that I have been using for a while now (review here) – this is now available in Singapore at John Little stores, or you could get it at less than US$5 on drugstore.com.

Yes, it’s a really cheap product which is highly effective in drying up pimples. As the formula is a bit thick and heavy, I don’t use it as an all-over mask. Unlike the “Splurge” item from GlamGlow, the ingredients list for Queen Helene’s masque is simplistic (Kaolin, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Glycol), the formula contains sulfur, fragrances, phenoxyethanol and parabens.

Nonetheless, it hasn’t caused any major breakout for me and has been effective as a form of acne control. And at US$5 for a tube of product that last you for at least a year, what’s there to lose right?

 

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