Review: Cleansing Masks

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General speaking, cleansing masks are muddy or mashed powder (apply with water). The ingredient of the masks are usually kaolin clay, volcanic mud or with seaweed mud based. They can effectively isolate the skin from oxygen, rise the skin temperature, and enlarge pores to achieve cleaning effect. Another type of cleansing mask contains AHA (Alpha Hydroxyl Acid) or BHA (Bate Hydroxyl Acid) components, and the cleansing masks can be used as exfoliator. Thus, this type of mask is slightly stimulating for sensitive skin, but it fits on thick cuticles and oily skin.

We also tried out some cleansing masks for our readers and marked what we like and what we dislike the products. Follow the post to know more:

Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face and Body

Borghese Fango

Here is one of the mask that we are using back and forth. Fango isn’t specifically moisturizing and it is a bit irritating if you apply too much on the face. However, the instant effect is always our favorite. It is so effective for clearing the pores, removing blackheads, and brightening the skin, due to the mask’s exfoliating properties.

What we like: Quick results; great to occasional acne; a big jar for the whole body

What we dislike: Too harsh for sensitive skin; no long-lasting results

Blue Lagoon Iceland Silica Mud Mask

Blue Lagoon Mask

This product is like a myth among all cleansing masks. We do love how the skin looked clean and felt super soft after rinsing off the mask, but the silica mud ingredient from the famous Blue Lagoon Iceland sounds more attractive. Some research from Experimental Dermatology suggest that the silica mud from Blue Lagoon can extracts induced collagen and may help with the reduction of water loss, lead to maintain the skin look moisture and soft. Besides, the bioactives in Blue Lagoon Iceland can improve skin barrier function and prevent skin aging

What we like: Natural ingredient; clean and soft skin after using; control water loss of the skin

What we dislike: The price; difficult to purchase; not for removing acne

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore

Once again, Kiehl’s product is on the list. Not the best one compare with other cleansing masks, but always good to have it with. This kaolin clay mask fulfills all it claims as a cleanser, clears the pores, takes out the exceed sebum and good for weekly use. However, it also dries out the skin a bit, so a good moisturizer is needed after using the product.

What we like: Deep cleaning; helps prevent breakouts

What we dislike: Dries out the skin; no much effects for active pimples

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Mask

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions

As one of the most famous brand against annoying acne, we also tried Clinique’s Acne Solutions series’ oil-control cleansing mask. In addition, the 1% salicyclic acid ingredient makes this clay mask effective to heal any existing inflammation, thus, it works great to treat blemish. Yet, also due to this strong ingredient, we just applied it once a week, in order to avoid any irritation.

What we like: Great for treating acne

What we dislike: Irritating for sensitive skin

Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask

Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask

Some years ago, Malin+Goetz was a big hit, as the brand claims all its products are specialized for sensitive skin. And this detox mask even chosen as the winner of Allure Magazine’s editor’s choice award of Best Deep Cleansing Mask in 2008. The mask is more like a cream, but after applying it will become a thick layer of bubbles, then it looks like a normal cleanser. After 5 mins rinsing, you just need to use a cotton pad to remove it, and now the skin is slightly brighter and moisturized. We like how our skin looked like after using the mask, but we are not sure about the detoxing effect, and unfortunately, nowadays, other brands are doing better.

What we like: easy to apply; clean and soft skin; good for sensitive skin

What we dislike: no obvious detoxing effect; we tried better ones


Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

And here is another detoxing mask, but we like it more than the Malin+Goetz one. Our enlarged clogged pores are cleaned and minimized after using (during the period some small breakouts happened), and other cleansing masks just can’t compete with its deep cleansing effect. Even though the skin dried out, a good moisturizer can always solve this drawback.

What we like: Great for sensitive skin; non-irritating; detoxifying

What we dislike: Dries out the skin


Glamglow Supermud™ Clearing Treatment
Glamglow Supermud

Glamglow is also a hit nowadays, and this super mud series provides different treatment masks for different skin problems. The mask did clear the pores and removed pimples, and it is great to heal sudden acne eruptions. Unfortunately, we just cannot ignore the burning feeling we get when using the mask, and we prefer non-fragrance cleansing masks.

What we like: Instant results; great for acne

What we dislike: Not for sensitive skin; the fragrance

Fresh Umbrian Clay® Mattifying Mask

Fresh Umbrian Clay


To be honest, we consider it the best one among all the cleansing masks. Thanks to its high natural mineral content, this clay mask has an instant detoxifying effect, soothes irritations, reduces breakouts, and regenerates healthy skin cells. The skin condition became much better after using, and it is gentle enough to apply daily. As this clay mask can be used for many functions, it just worthies all the money that we spent.

What we like: EVERYTHING!

What we dislike: A bit expensive


REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask

REN Mask

REN is always a safe choice for sensitive skin suffers, as its products formulated without chemical ingredients. This detox mask aims at purifying the pores, and it achieves it! We felt the pore size is smaller, and the skin is smoothed and toned. It draws out impurities, eliminates blackheads and prevent further clogged pores without irritating the skin.

What we like: Oil-control; gentle but yet effective; minimizing pores; 

What we dislike: Not for dry skin (fits on combination to oily skin)

For combination to oily skin, we suggest cleansing masks that can be used as exfoliators, as they work better on thick cuticles. And for dry skin, creamy masks are recommended, or the usage of clay cleansing masks should be reduced. For sensitive skin suffers, we highly recommend all of you try cleansing masks on a small area of your skin before you put it all over the face.

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