Although I love Dermalogical Skin Refining Masque, I wanted to find something easier on the pocket. After some research, I came across Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque which looks promising.
Brand Overview: What started out as a humble pharmacy in New York about 160 years ago developed into a recognizable skin, body and hair care brand littered across the globe. Kiehl’s prides itself in harnessing nature’s gifts to concoct unique formulations to address a variety of beauty concerns.
Product Overview and Claims (paraphrased from packaging): The ingredients in this thoroughly cleansing mask are sourced from Marajo Island at mouth of the Amazon River. Its unique formulation is rich in minerals and helps eliminate surface toxins from skin. Not only does the masque eliminate debris and dead skin accumulation that can clog pores and make the complexion appear dull it also purifies skin and minimize pores. Suitable for normal to oily skin types.
Manufactured in USA, the 3 key ingredients in this mask are (copied from Kiehl’s website):
Amazonian White Clay- Helps purify and detoxify skin. This clay is known to remove bacteria, toxins, excess oil and dead skin remove bacteria, excess oil and dead cells that can clog skin and result in large pores.
Aloe Vera: Derived from the aloe vera plant, this ingredient has been known to soften, soothe and comfort skin.
Bentonite: Found in Canada and the Midwest, this colloidal aluminum silicate clay used as a suspending agent in a variety of skin care formulas including lotions and makeup. Because it absorbs oil, it is often used as a facial mask to reduce shine. Also helps to stabilize formulas.
List of ingredients:
Before and After masque application
-Easy to spread
-Effectively deep cleanses skin. I can feel the mask drawing the gunk out of my pores while its hardening.
-Calms redness from enthusiastic extraction
-Minimize pore size
-Easy to rinse off using fingers and water (I dislike using a sponge or washcloth to remove masks because I’ll end up with an item that I have to clean and also replace regularly)
-Skin feels smooth and clean after use. Make-up adheres well the next morning.
-Does not dry tight on the face, hence comfortable to wear.
-Does not dry out in the tub. I had 1 tub for about 10 months and its texture remained consistent throughout.
-Sits into large pores well, although a little rubbing in is required. Some clay masks I’ve tried dries up in the packaging over time and hence fails to sit into some pores well, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque does not have this issue as illustrated below
-Formulated without artificial colouring. Fragrance-free
-Affordable. $45 for 142g, which works out to be 32 cents/gram.
-A tub will last you for ages! I use this mask twice weekly and took 10 months to finish a tub.
-tubs are not exactly the most hygienic packaging on earth
My Skin Profile
-Dehydrated Skin which produces massive amounts of oil
-Endless whiteheads and blackheads
-Slight pigmentation on cheekbones
Although it’s a tad too drying for my skin, this issue is easily resolved with a hydrating sheet mask/sleeping mask/night cream. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque not only keeps my pores clear, but is also an effective overnight spot treatment for budding pimples and acne (which I usually get at the time of the month). It has replaced my previous staple, Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque, because it’s more than 2 times cheaper, yet performs just as well (sans adding radiance to the skin).