The Kahina Antioxidant Mask ( $49) is technically a clay mask. Although I normally avoid clay masks, I would not avoid this one. For starters, Kahina is a brand adored within the natural beauty community. Additionally, the profits from Kahina products help support Berber women in Morocco. So maybe I went in with a bias before testing this one….
Now, on to the mask itself! Hectorite (rhassoul clay) is the second ingredient, immediately followed by argan oil. Rhassoul clay is found in the lake beds of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. This clay is rich in magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium. Clay masks are designed to draw out impurities. However, in the past I have found that if your skin isn’t oily, clay can often cause a subsequent drying effect. This is the primary reason I’ve mostly avoided clay masks. I read that Rhassoul clay can help improve dry skin by regulating the oil balance, as well as assist with clarity, elasticity and texture. This mask seems to provide the expected detoxification of clay yet the Kahina Antioxidant Mask isn’t drying at all. I suspect the choice of clay combined with the argan and sunflower seed oils is responsible for this unique result. After all, argan oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, providing great moisture to the skin.
The directions say to apply the mask over moistened skin and leave on for 7 to 10 minutes, then massage gently into skin for exfoliation before removing. The mask is creamy and has a slight grainy texture that provides a manual exfoliation (I can’t pinpoint which ingredient provides this). Lactic acid is also included for additional exfoliation. Lactic acid is one of the gentlest alpha hydroxy acids and less likely to cause irritation. It is also said to help increase water content in the epidermis.
I found this product to be a nice weekly treatment and gentle enough that it could be used a couple of times a week. Afterwards, skin feels clean, supple and soft. I truly enjoyed using this Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask. I still have about half of the 1.6-oz jar remaining. All in all, Kahina is a great brand with high-quality ingredients.
Ingredients: Aqua, Hectorite, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Lactic Acid, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract*, Mannan, Xanthan Gum, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Totarol*, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Arginine, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract*, Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus) Leaf/Stem Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil
98.9% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; 59% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming; *Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at cosmetics.ecocert.com