Trust, we love luxury beauty as much as the next person (probably even more so), but even we cannot deny that there is a time to splurge and a time to save when it comes to our skincare regimen, especially when face masking. And there is one mask in particular that we always add to our cart, no matter where we find it: the L’Oreal Paris Exfoliate & Refine Pores Pure Clay Mask ($9.77)—long name, but great results.
The small jar of pinkish clay can clear up skin and give you a healthy glow. It's made of clay, so you’re going to get that classic gunk- and oil-pulling benefit that goes hand-in-hand with most clay masks. But this one gets that redish-pink tone from red algae extract, which, with the addition of volcanic particles, exfoliates and gently removes dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer skin, in literally 10 minutes.
This mask actually has siblings, too. It’s part of a crew of five clay-based masks that each accomplish a different task, from clarifying rough skin (yellow) to comforting stressed skin (blue) to oil absorbing (green) to detoxing (black). They can easily be paired together, but the red one appears to be the favorite sibling amongst the family, thanks to its ability to unclog pores and exfoliate skin.
One reviewer on Walmart.com notes, “It minimized my pores, took away the shine on my face, took away redness from my breakouts, and somehow still brightened my complexion, which has been pretty dull lately.”
You can grab this lovely lady basically anywhere, but Walmart does appear to have it at the best price: $9.77. For less than $10, you’d think the jar would only last a short time. But the clay is very potent—I've had my jar for nearly a year, and I've barely made a dent. Longevity and price—who knew they could get along so well?
As with all face masks, don’t allow it to entirely dry before washing off. I know that sounds like you won’t get the full benefit from it, but in actuality, when the clay entirely dries out on your face, your skin starts pulling moisture back in, and will grab the gunk from the mask. So wash it off when it's nearly dry, and admire your clear, glowing skin.
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