Daily cleansers for the face are a must, but most of us need the occasional deeper facial cleansing, too. Although spa treatments are excellent for this, at home treatments such as a mask can also do their part for skin care. I’ve been giving Skin Nutrition’s Deep Cleansing Mask ($45) a try, once a week for the past five weeks.

Applied as per the instructions to a cleansed face, it was easy to work in my skin care routine with only a 30 minute commitment each week. Although the second ingredient is Kaolin (clay), the mask didn’t get really dry and flaky after application like others I’ve tried that are clay based, but when time came to rinse, it removed easy enough with warm water. Applying it to my entire face, I didn’t really think I noticed any difference after my first two applications.

So for the next two weeks I only applied it to half my face so I might better gauge any progress. At this point I was able to see that it had actually been working. Although subtle, the treated side did appear to have a bit clearer skin and somewhat more refined pores. I also could now feel the treated side was softer. I didn’t have any blemishes before or during use of the mask, so I can’t say how well it would treat them, however I did notice a couple of small blackheads disappear.

Over time I have tried my fair share of masks, but I think what sets this one apart is the lengthy list of natural extracts it contains - including Skin Nutrition's signature monk's pepper (pictured). A product that does double duty, while the clay is drawing out impurities, the skin also benefits from the assorted vitamins and botanicals. That works for me.  I found my skin benefitted from use of this product, so I would recommend it.


Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glucose,Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Niacin, Butylene Glycol, Opuntia Ficus-indica (Cactus Pear) Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Euterpa Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Glucose Oxidase, Citric Acid, Lactoperoxidase, Vitex Agnus Castus (Monk's Pepper Berry) Extract, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum (Algae) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Levulinate, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract SN-NPS™ * (Proprietary Natural Preservative System) *Patent Pending