I'm in my early 40s, and I tested the Medik8 Clay Mask ($50). This one gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me, and I would definitely recommend it as an option for anyone who is acne-prone or suffering from overly oily facial skin. First, let me just say I am a huge fan of clay masks, because my skin is extremely oily. I hoped that my issues with oily skin would ease up as I got older, but I am now in my 40s, fighting wrinkles and oil at the same time. Sometimes life just isn't fair! I typically blot my skin no less than five times before noon each workday, and my makeup rarely stays intact beyond 3 PM due to excess oil. I have noticed a positive difference when using the Medik8 clay mask, and I've been able to reduce my oil blotting and keep my makeup in place much longer.
The pores around my nose and forehead were less congested, and therefore less noticeable, with a smoother overall appearance. The mask is gentle and doesn't strip your skin or leave it feeling tight or irritated. The formula is comfortable and rinses off very easily. I didn't have to worry about going to work with mask remnants still on my face. (Yes, this has happened to me before). As to the product’s claims of a spa-like experience, I would agree that the formula is pleasant, and it feels like you are pampering your skin.
I did not experience any issues with the ingredients in terms of breakouts. In fact, my skin has been clearer than usual, and this is the only thing I've changed in my skin care routine while testing this product. It has been a really hot and humid summer where I live, so I would say I put this baby to the true test, and I think this one is a keeper!
This mask is thinner and clearer in consistency than other clay masks I've used, so it can be more difficult to know where or how much product you've applied to your skin. As it dries on your skin, you can see where the product has been applied, so you can cover any areas that may have been missed. Those who suffer from acne may understand it when I say there is something to be said about hiding from a bad breakout with a good clay mask — even if it is only temporarily. With this mask you don't get much "cover," but the results are definitely worth it.