I’ve been using this mask since early college, I think. It’s super cheap at $4.00 for 8 oz, and it’s a great deep cleansing clay mask, so I keep buying it!
What it claims to do: Helps to dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads, and shrink enlarged pores…drawing out impurities…Even for individuals who are fortunately free of skin problems, Mint Julep Mask is a refreshing facial treatment that helps relax tired muscles and ease tension lines on the face and neck.
Directions: Cleanse face and neck thoroughly. Apply Mint Julep Mask generously and allow to dry for about 15 minutes. Remove with warm water and a washcloth.
This mask is so easy to use, but can get a little messy. It’s formula is pretty thick, so it’s easy to get it everywhere. It doesn’t stain, which I appreciate. I put on a thick layer, and let it dry completely. As soon as you put it on you feel the cooling effect of the mask, and it smells of mint and a bit of honey. As it dries, it does harden and make your face feel a little restricted. No worries, most clay masks do that. I use a washcloth soaked in warm water to remove it, since water alone seems to take forever! But, once removed, my face feels soft and my skin feels a little tighter.
Using this mask once or twice a week will definitely help to rid your pores of nastiness, so you may experience a few spots as the pores purge the bad stuff. I think one of the reasons I love this mask so much is that it definitely works on blackheads when used over time. (Twice a week). However, this mask is gentle enough for daily use, in my opinion, and I have used it daily before. (if my sensitive skin can handle it, then that is saying a lot)
Kaolin — basically just the main ingredient for clay; used in many cosmetics; dries up acne; increases localized circulation which helps to fight inflammation. Since it dries up acne, it will also remove moisture from the skin (which is why you feel tightness), so if your skin is super dry, save this mask for summertime! (I don’t use this one in winter!)
Bentonite — great natural substance found in volcanic ash; cleans out impurities from pores serving as an antibacterial agent; also, when hydrated, it absorbs toxins from the skin while simultaneously releasing good minerals into the skin due to some fancy chemical reaction (with which I am not well versed).
Glycerin — attracts moisture to the skin, thus helping your face feel smooth by filling in microscopic cracks in dry skin, and therefore protects the outer layer of skin; some studies show it has been great in comforting skin conditions such as eczema; natural barrier to pollutants.
Zinc Oxide — great for healing acne and calming rosacea; protects skin from UV rays because it reflects light therefore not allowing it into the skin, and that prevents aging!
Propylene Glycol — aids in allowing multiple ingredients to bond together; there have been some studies that show that this ingredient will prolong dry skin over time
Sulfur — great natural ingredient for treating acne; works like a sponge to draw out impurities; keeps oil production in check to prevent future breakouts
Chromium Oxide Greens — mineral pigment for coloring the product
Fragrance — I’m gonna go out on a limb here and go with minty fragrance?
Phenoxyethanol — preservative with some controversy; some say it’s a toxic substance, but overall, I can’t find anything conclusive.
Methylparaben — preservative; fine in low quantities; lots of controversy over parabens which I won’t get into here. If you’re interested in that, let me know, and I can do a full scale post on it.
Overall, I absolutely love this mask for what it delivers. It works well and it’s very affordable. The only real downside here, which isn’t much, is that it doesn’t actually contain mint. Mint oil has been used for a very long time as a skincare astringent and acne fighter, so I would love Queen Helene to replace their fragrance with actual mint oil. Then, we’d have this mask at 5 stars, instead of 4.