Mask Monday: Fuller's Earth Clay

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This mask popped up on my Radar a couple months ago when I say Shoganah Scott use it as a texturizing agent for an FX transformation on Youtube. Honestly, I wasn’t blown away by the makeup, but was intrigued by the mask itself.

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The mask comes in the form of a powder and water needs to be added before it can be applied to the face. Unless you’re a grease ball, I guess. It’s available online at Amazon and Ebay in various sizes (1oz. 2oz. 4oz. that kind of thing).  I happened to spot it a bougie mom and pop shop that sells loose leaf tea, exotic spices, natural skin treatments and astrology books. I know right, I wasn’t even it Portland! They only carried the mask in a 5oz. size which only set me back $4, so this is an affordable product that comes with a nifty sticker on the front that says:

‘A sedimentary clay that has been widely used as a skin-lightening agent and is best known for its ability to be applied as a ‘facial bleach.’ Because of its enormous drawing capabilities, Fuller’s Earth is the number one choice for oily skin and those who are prone to acne. It literally draws oil from the skin and has been used industrially for that exact purpose. Also works nicely as a bulk skin ingredient for skin clay recipes. ‘

Key Terms: ‘Facial Bleaching’ and ‘Oily Skin’

Even though this sticker is right on the front of the package, I neglected to read it in its entirety until I got home.  Facial bleaching definitely sounds scary to anyone because the last thing I need is for my face to look like Michael Jackson when my neck still looks like Germain. I’ve used this mask a few times and the lightening effects aren’t very noticeable. Over the course of a couple weeks I’ve noticed that my skin tone was evening out a little. But that could also be due to my intensive exfoliating regimen.

In addition I have very dry skin, so the fact that this mask is meant for oily skin types was a little discouraging. However, after using this I don’t find that this mask dries my skin out at all. Since this is a clay mask I’m sure it does draw out oil but it’s not going to leave your skin parched by any means.  The other masks I use from Freeman’s and Queen Helene dry my skin out even more because they’re really good at drawing out impurities.

I honestly haven’t tried using Fuller’s Earth as an ingredient for any other masks, but that’s probably how I’ll end up finishing off my 5oz. bag. You know, incorporating it into various DIY Pinterest mask recipes. That kind of thing.

Final Verdict:

This didn’t really do anything of note for me. It’s my own fault for not researching the uses for the product before buying it. That being said I can’t really recommend it unless you’re looking for a gentle and more natural approach to oil control. Even then I don’t have oily skin and I don’t know anyone with oily skin who has tried it. I would err on the side of caution and perhaps try a small size or a sample of it.

If you’ve tried this product and like it, or if this product has left a bad taste in your mouth, I’d love to read about in the comments.

Thanks for Reading and Remember:

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