Wednesday, October 15, 2014

VoilaVe Dead Sea Mud Mask: Reviewed

I have always loved facial masks and natural skin care products. In the past I have made some face masks with pure local honey, yogurt, eggs, oatmeal and other easily accessible kitchen based products. I am also a big fan of using clays such as Kaolin and Bentonite for drawing out impurities.  I also would use sulfur based masks when my face became broken out and needed to be cleared up from a few acne spots. Often times my face would become irritated from some sulfur products and so I had to only use them on rare occasions.  I have tried at least 8-10 mud masks usually clay and charcoal based, or dead sea mud based.  They all varied slightly based on ingredients and size of the container.  Some were darker mud than others.  I recently had the opportunity to try another dead sea mud mask, and this time it was from VoilaVe.  I have tried a few of their products in the past, and actually use their Rose Hip oil several times a week in my facial oil cleansing routine.

This dead sea mud mask was much different than others I have tried. First off, it was the most generous in size.  The others ranged in size from 2 oz to 8 oz.  Never before have I had a 16 oz jar of facial mud.  I was impressed and supremely happy.  Looking over the ingredients,  I noticed it had a few of my favorites.  If you read my blog with any regularity, you know what a big fan of Calendula Oil, Jojoba Oil (an oil cleanse staple of mine), Aloe Vera, Vegetable Glycerin (another oil cleanse staple), and shea butter (what I use as a base to make my homemade deodorant). These are nice, soothing, healing ingredients and so right then, I new this was a great product.

Opening the jar, I notice that it is a creamier, almost gel like, cool to the touch consistency, and not as dark as others I have tried. I was at first dissapointed that it did not have an essential oil fragrance, such as tea tree, lavender or eucalyptus, but quickly was rather thankful when I remembered one of the last masks I had tried, had Eucalyptus in it and kept making my face a bit irritated and pink.  Being fragrance free, I could leave it as it is, or put my own essential oil to suit my skin needs each time it was used.

The application was smooth and it was easy to apply. It did not apply as thick as others I had tried, but seemed to still cover well.  The directions say to apply a thin layer to clean, moistened skin. Here is how I do my twice weekly mud mask:

I do my usually facial oil cleanse, with rosehip oil (I am using the same brand,VoilaVe Rose Hip) Jojoba oil, Argan Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, and Castor Oil, and massage it into my face, removing all my makeup and then doing my usual steaming of my pores. Then I pat dry. I apply a generous layer of this mud mask (they suggest a thin layer, however, I use a lot more. :)

The directions suggest leaving on for 10-15 minutes, however, I usually apply this before checking emails and usually leave this on for 15-25 minutes or until it gets too crackily for my liking.  The nice thing about this mask is that it does not get so tight that you cannot move your mouth or face.

The mask rinses pretty easily for a mud mask.  It can potentially darken a towel, so I suggest keeping a special face and hand towel for your mud mask use. (Also if you oil cleanse, and do the facial steaming, you should devote 1-2 older face clothes for that, as oil might not make your wash cloths so pretty (oil can stain).

After rinsing this off, my face is clean, soft and smooth. I have no redness or irritation from using this mask.  I can leave it on for 15-30 minutes and I personally do not have a problem.  The Dead Sea Mud provides deep cleansing to your skin and draws out impurities and toxins.  I can feel some small grains of the mud however it is not gritty or uncomfortable. This seems to smooth my facial texture and works as an exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. My skin is not irritated after use, but has a fresh glow. This mask improves blood circulation and skin is regenerated.

This mask is gentle, and 100% natural with no chemicals or artificial additives.  I use this 1-2 times a week. I highly recommend it. The size is fantastic, and I love the way it feels on my skin, and after the mask is removed.


All Natural and Organic ingredients include: Pure Dead Sea Mud, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hickory Bark Extract, Organic Calendula Oil, Filtered Water, Xanthan Gum 


Apply a thin layer to a clean moistened face or body. Avoid the eye areas. Leave on 10-15 Minutes until dry. Wash off with warm water. Pat dry.

Here is my skin during my oil cleansing, before mud application. I am letting some of the oil soak in before doing the steaming.

This is available on Amazon: Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask

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