Having tried the mask only a few times, I can’t speak to any long-term benefits of regular use, but I can say that it is a quality mud mask. If you’re expecting a mask that is really astringent for super-oily skin, this won’t fit your bill; however, if you have any other skin type, I think this will be perfect. This is the one area where I think the product falls short: it’s advertised as being targeted to oily, acne-prone skin, and I just don’t see it suiting such a skin type well. I’ve used plenty of masks aimed towards oily skin, thanks to spending all of my teens years with very oily skin (though fortunately it wasn’t acne-prone – just slick), and this mask does not function like them at all. It doesn’t seem to draw out a lot of oil, though it is refreshing, and now that I don’t really have oily skin (I’d say it’s more normal than anything these days), I would’ve expected a mask geared towards oily skin to leave mine a tad dry-feeling – this definitely didn’t.
It has a normal mud mask texture, but I love that it doesn’t dry stiff and crackle-y like most mud masks tend to do. It really feels like it cleans out my pores (hence the “Purifying” in the name), and all of the other ingredients do an excellent job of simultaneously conditioning my skin. The end result is very clean, smooth feeling skin that’s softened – neither dry nor oily. Consequently, I would actually recommend this mask for skin types that are anything but oily; if you’d like a mask that really cleans your skin and leaves it fresh but not at all dry, this product will be perfect for you. If you’re going in expecting more – for it to really draw the oil out of your skin and leave it squeaky clean – you’re going to be disappointed.
Finally, I can’t testify too much on its supposed anti-acne properties, as I’ve never in my life had acne-prone skin. However, I do occasionally have a blemish or two, and this seems to have drawn a couple out so that the pores could be cleared and the skin heal. I think most mud masks are capable of that, though, so I’m not sure how this one is really much better than any others.
At $33 retail, it’s not cheap, but it’s certainly not what I would consider pricey, especially because it’s a very large amount of product in the package – a full five ounces plus. There are plenty of masks that are half the size and twice the cost, so I’d say this particular mask is an excellent value.
Overall, it’s a good, solid mud mask at a reasonable price, so while in my opinion, it doesn’t necessarily meet the advertising claims, it’s something I’m happy to have on hand. Because this mask clearly suits my current skin type, I definitely plan to use it regularly and would absolutely consider purchasing it again as a staple for my beauty arsenal.
You can purchase the Adovia Purifying Mud Mask at Amazon.I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.