Clay masks come in many shapes and sizes yet all serve the same purpose, drawing oil and impurities from the skin. Applied onto freshly cleansed skin you leave them on for a solid 10-15 minutes and rinse off to reveal a poreless complexion if you’ve done it right. The biggest caveat with clay masks is that they can be drying and ultimately set you up with distressed skin. What you want to do is choose a formulation that buffers the clay with hydrating ingredients to minimize the drying effects while still being potent enough for that instant gratification effect.
Caudalie uses kaolin as the main clay component, buffered with hydrating glycerin, vegetable oil, and grape seed oil. I still spot a bit of bentonite clay in the formula and essential oils, so you know it’ll be potent enough to get the job done. After cleansing with my Darphin rosewood balm to get the sunscreen off, I put on a thick layer of this bright white mask avoiding my eye area. Sporting easily dehydrated skin I can only leave this on for a good 10 minutes before it’ll be too drying in effect.
Again, rinsing something off with clay can be tricky and thus I grab a wet washcloth and remove the mask that way. It’s the washcloth or hopping into the shower honestly. Once you’ve removed the mask you should quickly follow up with something hydrating like hyaluronic acid or brightening serum. Feel free to use this once to twice a week, as an all-over or spot treatment. I like it, but I do enjoy their detoxifying mask more as it’s gentler for non-oily skin types.