I do love clay and mud based masks, as they're generally aimed at oily, congested skin, which is exactly what I have. Over the past few months I've been trying out the Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask, which is described as "a unique toning mask to detoxify skin, leaving a baby smooth feel". The main ingredient, pure arctic mineral mud, draws out impurities from the skin and reduces the appearance of pores. Many clay and mud based face masks can be too drying or harsh for some skin types. However this is also packed full of nourishing, natural oils and butters such as Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Shea Butter, which makes it far more suitable for a wider range of skin types. The 120ml tube costs £52.50.
The formula of the Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask is much thinner than others I've come across, so I do find myself applying a little more than normal. I was surprised to find that it has a fine, grainy texture - I can only assume this is a natural feature of the mineral mud, as there doesn't seem to be any separate grains or beads in the ingredients list. I pretty much only use liquid exfoliators these days, so to be honest I don't enjoy applying this mask; it feels a bit like sandpaper to me. Though I do want to stress that this doesn't irritate my skin at all and I am not used to using this type of formula on my skin on a regular basis. The Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask dries quickly and I leave it on for 20 minutes while I either potter about or actually chill with a book, then remove with a face cloth. Claudia Louch were spot on about the "baby smooth feel" - after taking this off my skin is so amazingly soft and supple! It also looks fresh and revived. Being a detoxifying mask, I've noticed sometimes after using this I may get a few little blemishes or whiteheads, but it shows the mask is doing its job and helping to bring any congestion to the surface rather than lurking under the skin.
I would recommend the Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask for anyone who is looking for a more gentle alternative to your typical clay or mud mask. I love the effects and benefits of it, though for me I wouldn't replace it because I can't seem to get used to the texture. I also think it's worth noting that although it's pricey, it's actually better value than similar products from brands like Glamglow (thank you to Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie for pointing this out on her blog!).
What do you think of the Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask? What's your favourite detoxifying mask?
Beauty Bird xx
P.S. This post contains a PR sample. This does not affect my opinion of the product.