Quick Review: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In my latest New In article, I mentioned that Innisfree has just arrived on Malaysian shores, and I am, quite frankly, bat-shit excited (pardon my French).

One of the many, many reasons why I'm so enamoured with the brand is their cult-favourite Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

This is a deep cleansing mask from their iconic Jeju Volcanic Clay range and as with all Innisfree products, is all-natural and free of parabens, artificial colouring and fragrances, mineral oils, animal products, etc. It deep cleanses, absorbs excess sebum, exfoliates, and tightens pores.
The product itself is a greyish coloured cream that tightens and hardens as it dries down on your skin. It smells earthy, kind of like freshly potted plants, and feels cool against the skin.
You leave it on for 10 minutes, and then - here comes the interesting part - you're meant to roll it off your skin in slight rubbing motions. This helps to exfoliate your skin and remove the dead skin cells.

This comes in a plastic tub that's light, sturdy, and convenient to pack and store. I love the earthy tones on the jar and the cool metallic bronze on the lid, and natural packaging (the box is 100% recycled paper). You can also return the packaging to Innisfree to contribute to their recycling movement!

But why buy the product unless it works, right? So here's how the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask worked on me.
Upon removing the mask, my skin was slightly red (from the rubbing) and tingly (from the mask's cooling effect). My pores were immediately less obvious, and my skin more radiant.
Within a couple of days, I was breaking out a little bit. This is actually perfectly normal with clay-based, deep cleansing masks, as they draw most of the gunk in your pores to the surface of the skin - simply remember to treat your skin well with an anti-acne serum (or a toner with salicylic acid) to get rid of the spots.
Within a week, my skin was back to normal, healthy, and clear! I had cleaner, less obvious pores, and clearer, more luminous looking skin.

Overall I'd say this is one of my favourite deep cleansing masks, sitting right up there next to my Simplicité Exfoliating Face Treatment. It retails for RM52/100mL at Innisfree stores.

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