I have the Botanical Lab Turmeric Blemish Control Clay Mask (jheez, that’s a mouthful) drying on my cheeks as i’m writing this review, which really should be washed off by now. Does anyone even follow the recommended times that are instructed on the packaging?
Normally I would pick up a product i’ve seen considerable reviews about or mentions on social media, but this time round, I picked up the turmeric clay mask on a whim when I popped into Superdrug. You can always find great steals at Superdrug, be it skincare or beauty. A few weeks later, I saw the mask literally everywhere on Instagram. I’ve now had the mask for a good couple of months, ready to give you my in depth review.
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Like every product you buy, you can read the ingredients at the back of the packaging, but most companies use scientific names and clever marketing to make you think a product has more of a certain ingredient than it actually does. I’m not a scientist, pharmacist, and definitely don’t have extensive knowledge when it comes to reading labels on products, but I do have some understanding on what’s okay and what isn’t.
I’m not going to break down every single ingredient listed on the packaging found on the turmeric clay mask, but I will talk about a few of them. Alcohol, for example, it an ingredient you find in most products. Depending on the certain type of alcohol, and amount used, it can have different uses and affects on the skin. Alcohol can make a product lighter and easier to absorb into the skin, but is also known to dry out the skin.
Alcohol in cosmetics is not Haram. Please do your own research before proceeding to use the products. But as far as my knowledge and research goes, alcohol in cosmetics is Halal to use.
The main ingredient, and selling point, of the face mask is turmeric, and i’m happy to see that it’s one of the first ingredients listed, which means that there is a relatively large amount of the ingredient in the face mask. Turmeric is very heavily used in south asian cultures, and a lot of women use turmeric face masks that they make at home. There are a ton of recipes out there for those who prefer to make it themselves and avoid the added chemicals. Most of us however, are just far too lazy. Turmeric is known to be an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial ingredient, and it makes you look radiant after using it on your skin!
Witch hazel water, along with the turmeric listed in the ingredients, sound like they would make a pretty kick-ass acne clearing team. But does the face mask work?
The Face Mask
The turmeric clay mask comes in a glass jar, and honestly packs so much product in that it would last you a long time (depending on how often you use the mask obvs). It costs £6.99 from Superdrug, and is definitely worth the amount you pay.
Consistency of the mask is thick, but easily spreadable. It’s quite like a cream that you would put on your body or face, doesn’t contain any lumps and applies smoothly.
Because one of the main ingredients in the mask is turmeric, the face mask can stain your clothes or face towel if you use it to wash the mask off. When I use the turmeric clay mask, I either wash most of it off using water alone, or will dampen a muslim cloth and wipe it off with that. I find that because it is a thick consistency, it takes quite a while to wash off (because you wouldn’t apply a really thin layer on your face) and using a damp muslin cloth is easier, so I have a dedicated muslin cloth for my face masks.
Here’s the super duper important bit. I don’t recommend this mask for people with sensitive skin. The turmeric clay mask is quite strong, and when applied does tingle quite a lot, and for those with sensitive or broken skin, it could make it much worse or have a bad reaction. I’m not a fan of masks that tingle a lot, and I have others that do quite a bit more, but this mask I can tolerate so I have been continuing to use it and my skin can built up to resistance to it.
Does it work?
The aim of the mask is to leave the skin feeling cleansed without overdrying, whilst keeping blemishes at bay. The clay helps draw out excess oils and impurities from the skin, and the with hazel helps tone the skin.
Just like with any product, you have to give it time. It’s not a miracle mask, so if you’re using it to get rid of an a spot or pimple overnight, i’m afraid this isn’t the mask for you. But overtime, I do find that it helps with a brighter complexion and definitely makes the skin feel cleaner.
The immediate results I do see from using the turmeric clay mask is that my skin looks like it has a bit of a glow. Turmeric is known to have this effect, which is why turmeric masks are so popular in south asian culture. The clay absorbs the excess oil from your skin, and as the face mask dries, you can literally see the oil that has been pulled out. So gross yet so satisfying, because you can see it working.
Overall, I definitely would buy this mask again.
- Absolute steal for the price of £6.99
- Does what it says on the jar
- NOT suitable for sensitive skin
- Leave your skin glowing and radiant
- Not on overnight miracle mask
- Vegan and Cruelty Free
Have you tried this mask? Is it something you can see yourself using?
Lot’s of love,