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I love a good clay mask. I can’t think of any other product that makes my skin soft, supple, and free of excess oil immediately after application. Yet, for years I avoided them, because I thought they were drying out my skin. Turns out, I’ve been using clay masks all wrong!
Some By Mi Matcha Pore Clean Clay Mask is made with BHA, centella asiatica, tea tree, and matcha. It promises to remove sebum and impurities and thoroughly cleanse the pores. The mask is available on YesStyle (reward code KBHOBBIT), Stylevana (discount code INF10KBH), iHerb (code CWN6107), Jolse, Amazon, and eBay.
How to use (official instructions):
After cleansing, apply the mask to dry face
Allow to dry for 10-20 minutes
Rinse off with lukewarm water
As I mentioned in the intro, I used to use clay masks totally wrong, which caused my skin to get dry and irritated, not to mention the removal process totally sucked. Now I know that clay masks don’t have to dry and crack on the face to still work really well. In fact, allowing them to do so can pull vital moisture from the skin and cause dehydration and irritation.
How I use the mask:
Apply to clean but slightly damp face
Relax for 10 or however many minutes before the mask is dry (I usually mask while taking a nice warm bath, and all that steam helps the clay stay moist longer)
Gently rinse off while the mask is still creamy and not tight or flaky
You can see my process using the Some By Mi mask in this video, but the method works for any clay mask:
Some By Mi has a great, creamy consistency and a slight scent that’s barely noticeable. If I had to guess, it’s probably from the tea tree. It’s very easy to apply and stays moist for quite some time, which works wonderfully for my clay mask method. After rinsing, I like to follow with a sheet mask if I have the time, because I feel like the skin absorbs everything so well.
While I have somewhat mixed feelings about a lot of the Some By Mi products (read my reviews by clicking #SomeByMi), I absolutely love this clay mask.
Contrary to what some marketing claims will have you believe, clay isn’t a vacuum and won’t “suck up” dirt from pores. It will absorb the impurities that come in direct contact with it (aka on the surface), but it will not pull out things deeper in the pores. BHA, however, is an ingredient well known for its ability to reduce the amount of sebum and improve the appearance of pores. For best results, I would incorporate a leave-on BHA toner on a regular basis, but this clay mask should help as well.
I have realistic expectations of wash off masks. With clay, I expect them to immediately absorb excess oil and make my skin velvety-smooth with smaller looking pores. Of course, no tight/dry feeling is a must as well. Some By Mi Super Matcha mask does all of this very well! I ended up budgeting it toward the end of the jar, because I really didn’t want to run out. But it happened anyway…
I would absolutely get and use this again. It was a lovely addition to my skincare routine, especially if my pores looked congested or when it was super hot outside and the oilier parts of my combination skin would go crazy with oil production.
Have you tried any Some By Mi products? What did you think?
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SOME BY MI Super Matcha Pore Clean Clay Mask ingredients: Water, Kaolin (120,000 ppm), Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water (102,000 ppm) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bentonite, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Caramel, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Silica, Manicouagan Clay (1,000 ppm), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (6,000 ppm), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder(4,000 Ppm), Houttuynia Cordata Powder, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (100 ppm), Salix Alba Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosa Rugosa Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Water(Glacier Water), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Water (Carbonated Water), Allantoin, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic, Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polyvinyl Alcohol, 1,2-hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, CI 42090.