About 2 months ago, I was in need of a clay mask to replace Dr. Jart+’s PORE MEDIC Re-Tighten Mask, which turned out great for overall oil control, but didn’t quite work out for the poreless look I was hoping to get.
So I gave Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque (IDR 330,000) a try, and have now been using it 1-3 times a week.
Based on its official product description alone (“a cleansing masque that helps to purify skin and visibly minimize pores”), let’s just say that it’s doing its job really well.
First of all, the grey goop goes a long way with just a little: It’s brimming on a 142g tub (compared to the standard 110g size for a face mask), and by now I’ve only used about one-fifth of the tub, even though it’s already been well over 2 months.
It also has a milder, creamier and much lighter texture than Dr. Jart+’s, which I like, just because it comes off easily and that it doesn’t feel like the mud is sucking all the juices out of my skin.
It’s recommended that you let it sit for 10 minutes, but I actually leave the mask overnight a lot. It just seems like the longer I leave it on, the more soothed, refined, and renewed my skin feels when I rinse it off. My pores are virtually invisible in the morning, and that my skin’s softer and clearer – it’s much more radiant than usual and feeling fresh and completely rejuvenated. Rather than waking up with the usual hideous blotches, skintone is fully evened out and scars are noticeably less pigmented as well. While the mask doesn’t dry out my acne overnight like TBS’ cooling tea tree mask did, it did make them look a lot less red and inflamed.
Bottom line, it’s packed with the goodies and has far exceeded my expectations.
It’s worth mentioning the key ingredients that’s working behind the magic:
- Amazonian white clay: it lifts dead skin cells and draws out dirt, excess oil, toxins, and other impurities that clog pores.
- Oatmeal: it purifies the skin naturally and fights dullness.
- Aloe vera: it calms and soothes the skin.
Other than the less elaborate list of ingredients (Dr. Jart+’s mask has a wordy one), I picked this mask mainly because it’s propylene glycol- and paraben-free.1
Propylene glycol is basically a conditioning agent, and it can be found in the majority of personal care products in the market. It’s arguably harmless, but I found that the synthetic liquid, which happens to be the fifth ingredient of Dr. Jart+’s mask, dries out my skin over time. Slowly, itchy spots and patches show up, which later turned red and rough, and overall my skin just became more sensitive.
That’s when I decided to limit my use of the mask to just once every other week while I look for some alternative that would be gentler for unclogging my pores.
As you can see, I have virtually zero complaints about Kiehl’s mask. But if I have to be super nit-picky, there’s quite a strong clayish smell that may overwhelm you as soon as you twist the lid off.
Otherwise, this product is an instant classic :)
That said, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is one of those products you certainly can’t expect life-changing results after a single use, but makes a whole difference over time. There’s no question that I’ll buy it again once I’m done with this tub, and God knows when that day will come.
What about you? Have you tried this or any other Kiehl’s products before?