This Clay Mask Might Just Be the Answer to My Summer Breakouts

June 12, 2019
Tembe Denton-Hurst
By: Tembe Denton-Hurst | by L'Oréal

Whenever the seasons change, my skin always takes it as an opportunity to freak out. My once-smooth complexion is suddenly peppered with texture. To combat what I’ve termed “the struggle,” my first line of defense is a good cleanser and a clay mask that help unclog my pores. That’s what led me to Baxter of California Clay Mask AHA, which I received courtesy of the brand to review.  This deep-cleansing clay mask is formulated with kaolin clay and bentonite clay to help remove dirt and oil from the skin’s surface. It’s also formulated with calendula extract, aloe leaf juice and witch hazel to soothe and condition. Then, of course, there’s the lactic acid (the AHA or alpha hydroxy acid referenced in the name) in the formula, which helps to gently exfoliate while also evening out skin tone. I used to be afraid of acids (silly as a beauty editor, I know), but I’ve since learned that they have serious exfoliating properties, and some work well for keeping my complexion clear.  

To apply, I smoothed a generous amount and let the mask go to work. It felt comfortable upon application and tingled a little bit after a few minutes, which made me feel like it was getting deep into my pores. I waited the recommended ten minutes before wiping it off (I took a few selfies to pass the time) and noticed my complexion was little more luminous and my texture issues appeared less noticeable. Obviously using a mask once won’t completely save my skin from the perils of changing weather, applying this one is definitely a start.

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