This is the second product from Pure Essential Minerals I've had the chance to try.
While the hair treatment didn't blow me away, this face mask did. I love it! (And, men - this is not a girls-only product...)
I don't usually do well with face mask type treatments. All the ones I've tried in the past (not many) have left my skin too dried out or, worse, broken out. I even hated the way they seemed too tight when drying. I have been wanting to find a good facial treatment though and I'm super glad I gave this one a try.
As with the other product from Pure, this one gets lots of kudos for the ingredients. Here they are in order (with my inserted links to info):
- Dead Sea Mud
- Organic Shea Butter
- Organic Sunflower Oil
- Organic Aloe Vera Juice
- Organic Vegetable Glycerin
- Organic Jojoba Oil
- Hickory Bark Extract
- Organic Calendula
- Filtered Water
- Xanthan Gum
- Eucalyptus Oil
The label says that the mask draws out "impurities, toxins and excess oils." The minerals are supposed to stimulate and improve blood circulation. I couldn't wait to see how it played.
The smell when I opened the container was mild, but got lots stronger while I was applying it to my face. It's really strong, actually, but not unpleasant. I guess that's the Eucalyptus and Xanthan Gum.
The directions instruct to let dry for 5 to 10 minutes so that your skin gets full absorption of the minerals. I left it on for a full 10 because I wanted it to be completely dry. It does tighten as it dries, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. (The scent at this point lessened and became very soothing/relaxing.)
Rinsing it was fun. Next time, I will do so in the shower! It's nice when you do as instructed and sort of massage the mask off with wet hands. I could feel a slight exfoliation going on. It rinsed a lot easier than I expected.
The best, best, best part? How soft and clean my skin felt. There was no gritty, filmy leftover ickiness. You know how when, sometimes after washing your face, you can feel a dryness set in while you getting to your moisturizer? There was none of that. I took at least five minutes leaving the bathroom basin and getting back to my room to my face cream because I had stripped off my robe to rinse my face.
It's been 20 minutes (at time of typing this) since I dried my face and neck and applied moisturizer and I'm noticing something: I had the mask on my face for the full 10 minutes, but put a little on my neck as an afterthought for the last 3 or 4 minutes. Right now I can feel a pleasant tingle on my face but not my neck. This is a really subtle sensation that I almost don't notice if I'm not thinking about it.
I really cannot wait until next week when I can do another treatment. If I notice anything else, I will let you know.
By the way, I got a nice little surprise gummed to the lid of the jar:
|Freebie, freebie! Gimme, gimme!|
|You can get the code when you buy product! :-)|
You can find this product at Amazon, but first check out the Pure & Essential Minerals site for more product details and a possible discount.