The Caudalie Instant Detox Mask ($ 39) has been flooding our foods lately, thanks in large part to the pore cleansing miracles it works. It is made from pink clay and coffee, the combination of which works like a vacuum to suck in dirt, oil, and toxins. After the debris has been removed, the clay narrows your pores, helping them fight off any other environment that tries to infiltrate them. In addition to clay, the mask also contains detoxifying grape pomace (one of the main ingredients of the Caudalie brand) and papaya brightening enzymes. This pore-clearing mask of acne-causing dirt and oil is a surefire way to stop acne before it starts, making it a great choice for oily and acne-prone skin.
After leaving the mask for five minutes, you will gradually begin to notice the dirt coming out of the pores. And it’s worth noting that five minutes is all you need, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. “The only thing almost everyone wrong about a clay face mask is letting it dry completely,” Sharon McGlinchey, renowned beautician and founder of MV Skincare, previously told Well + Good. “The final drying phase of the clay mask removes moisture from the skin, leaving stains on it.”
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
In fact, she explains, you will benefit most from the mask when it is wet (when its minerals are best absorbed into your skin) and early in the drying phase. With this in mind, you can wash it off before it starts to crack and harden, and still expect it to have clear pores.
As someone with dry skin, I’ve traditionally avoided clay masks, but this formulation, combined with McGlinchey’s tips for applying, leaves my skin clean without dehydration. I love that I can see the oil pulling out of my pores because it makes me know that the mask is actually working. I often use it as a treatment for my T-zone, which tends to be the greasiest and most breakout-prone part of my face. This has become the most # unusually enjoyable part of my routine, and my skin is grateful for it.
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