Here is the clay mask review as promised! For starters I have never tried black clay masks before much less ghassoul or (rassoul) clay masks. Ghassoul clay originates from Morocco and is widely praised for its ability to remove skin and hair impurities. It contains highly beneficial minerals as well such as silica, calcium, magnesium and potassium. It can be used as a detoxifying cleanser, skin conditioner, soap, shampoo, and as a face and body mask. The mask also contains charcoal, which gives it the dark gray color.
The directions on the back of the box are very clear. After cleansing and toning, (though I would skip the toning part because you’d have to re-apply again after rinsing the mask off), apply the mask on your face for 10-15 minutes, I like to go a bit longer for maybe about 30 minutes and then rinse off.
The mask claims to absorb and clean out sebum that would be clogged in your pores, and aside from clearing out your pores, tightening them as well. It contains no mineral oil and is also fragrance free.
Here’s what the product looks like. I know a bit intimidating from the usual white masks most of us usually use. Now…even though it’s fragrance free (which is good for people with sensitive skin) it does smell… like nature. LOL. It’s got a funny sort of smell to it, kind of like clay and the sea. It also comes with a clear spoon that you can use to scoop out the product so it won’t get contaminated.
Here’s a swatch on my hand. It’s not black like the name says but it’s is a dark gray color.
When applied to the face, it feels very cooling. It’s quick to dry but that doesn’t mean that the mask’s job is finished. I suggest keeping it on for a bit longer than recommended. Also, if you steam your face before applying this mask, it will be even more effective because your pores will be opened and ready for a cleansing. Like most clay masks, it does ‘tighten’ your pores, (your pores can never minimize or maximize in size) but the appearance of the pores will look different. Even though your pores themselves remain the same size, to the naked eye they appear to be minimized because of all the gunk that’s been cleared out. This mask is not specific to just the face though! It can be applied to the neck area, the body, and even the hair, on the scalp and on the strands.
After applying and rinsing off this mask, when used in a facial routine, my skin looked brighter and cleaner and felt very soft as well. My pores did appear to be tightened and minimized and stayed that way until the next day.
For the price of this mask, it does the job and doesn’t claim more. You can purchase this mask for $9 on the Missha website.