- it is vegan, 98% natural, contains organic ingredients, and is cruelty free
- retails for $25 and contains 4 fl oz (about a 5 month supply)
- available to be purchased on Valentia.com and Amazon.com
- packaging is simple, no frills, and lovely to look at… I love the white with the gold, unfortunately it doesn’t protect the product from the air (which is important) each time it’s used
- for more info, check out their facebook page or instagram
Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask Review
I’ve loved every single product I’ve used from Valentia… until this one. Now, I don’t hate this mask, but for me, it isn’t as wonderful as their other products. I thought I would especially love this mask, because it is formulated more for my skin type, which is combination-oily. I’ll share my experience with you, along with the negatives and positives of the product, and you can decide for yourself if you want to give it a try.
The first time I applied this mask, I followed the directions and smeared a generous amount over my face. Instantly I felt a cooling sensation, which soon became irritating. It was especially irritating on my cheeks, which are generally more sensitive. I don’t have sensitive skin, though I have had issues with one other product in the past. I did not leave this on for the full 15-20 minutes, nor did I use circular motions to exfoliate my skin as I removed the product. My skin did feel soft after removal and the completion of my routine. The second time I applied this mask, I decided to use it more as a spot treatment. I applied this to the area that I am more acne-prone, which happens to be along my jawline. This seemed to work well for me, so I left it on for a decent amount of time, and removed it the way they recommend (circular motions to exfoliate).
The moral of my story? If you have sensitive skin, do not use this mask. I also would not recommend it for those with dry or aging skin. (In the case of skin care, the saying, “no pain, no gain” does not apply! If you ever experience pain or irritation due to use of a product, please discontinue use right away! Despite the amazing claims or the “so-called” good ingredients, it will do nothing to benefit your skin.) On that note, I will keep this mask and continue to use it just as a spot treatment, or on my acne-prone areas. For this use, I can recommend the product.
Top 5 Ingredients:
- Aloe: hydrating, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial
- Kaolin clay: absorbent (if used to often, it can be drying)
- Vitamin C: antioxidant, increases collagen production, evens skin tone, anti-inflammatory, etc. (this is one of the most beneficial ingredients that can be used in skin care)
- Plant stem cells: they regenerate cells and help repair elastin in the skin (this is a controversial ingredient in skin care… some claim that there is no evidence that it does anything at all for the skin)
- Palmitoyl oligopeptide: stimulates collagen production
(If you have further questions about skin care ingredients, head over to the Paula’s Choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary)
Important side note: This product claims to reduce pore size. I am sorry to tell you that this is impossible. It is, however, possible to decrease the APPEARANCE of pore size, but this is claiming to reduce the actual pores. You’re born with the pore size you have, and that’s that. The goal is to keep those pores nice and clean so they do not get clogged and cause acne.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this mask. I cannot recommend it across the board, like I can the other products in the skin care line. However, like I previously stated, if you have acne-prone, oily, or combination skin, feel free to give this a try.
Want to read about some Valentia products I really like? Check out any of these blog posts:
- Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum
- Royal Rose Hydrating Serum
- True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
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