For a while I had been eyeing these masks/cleansers because I've been toying with the idea of incorporating clay into my skincare routine to see how it would effect my sebum production throughout the day. The only clay masks I've ever used are the Aztec Indian Clay and the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Mask, both of which didn't really have a profound effect on my skin but I'm still willing to experiment with clay because that's just how I am. It's basically summer now and it is absolutely the season for oily skin, so my focus is keeping my skin as clean and decongested as possible and clay will be the star player to help make that happen.
I picked up the Dr. Jart Trans-foam Clay Trio from Sephora online a few weeks ago since it was on sale for $24 instead of $35. You get three tubes of clay; green, pink, and white. The green one is to detox the skin and help reduce sebum production, the pink is for moisturizing and brightening, and the white is meant to help calm and soothe the skin.
Seeing as though I've been previously disappointed by clay masks, I wasn't expecting much from these so I went in with low expectations, especially since I really just wanted a new cleanser more than anything. I don't really like to spend more than $20 for cleansers because I truly don't believe it's a product worth splurging on unless you really got it like that, because it stays on your face for like 60 seconds and then it's rinsed off. But 3 cleansers for $24 isn't bad, especially for a higher end brand like Dr. Jart. With 1.7oz of product in each tube this may or may not last you a long time because in order to use it as a face mask before cleansing, you need to use a generous amount of product. So for that reason I only use this a few times a week rather than everyday, just so I can make it last a little longer.
The first tube I tried was the Refreshing Green one, which ended up being my favorite. This description is courtesy of the Sephora website because we love plagiarism:
"Refreshing Green featuring tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemongrass extract to control excess sebum and refresh."
I applied it like you would a face mask, and let it sit on my skin for 3 minutes. It had a faint minty smell that reminded me of mint chocolate and tingled a bit while I waited for the mask to do its thing, which I suspect was the tea tree and eucalyptus. When the 3 minutes was up, I wet my face and began rubbing the mask in my skin in circular motions to turn it into a cleanser. I didn't experience much foaming but the suds were definitely there. Since clay can be messy, what I like to do after rubbing it in my skin is use a muslin cloth to wipe the clay off rather than rinsing it off with my hands because it's a lot quicker.
After I dried my skin, I couldn't believe how smooth my skin was. I literally wiped off my mirror to make sure I wasn't seeing things, but the green clay definitely reduced the appearance of my pores and cleaned my skin without dehydrating it. Though my pores did go back to their normal size once the oil began to seep through about 30 minutes later, I can't speak highly of the sebum controlling claims of this product because I'm just as oily as I've always been after using this. But I will say this is a great product for skin prep for an event or even just for pictures.
Next, I tried the Moisturizing Pink one which "features hydrating lotus flower extract to deliver a hydrating and purifying effect". I was a tad underwhelmed by this mask though, as the results from this were about the same as the green one: clean skin and smaller pores. I would've liked to experience a clay product that really does soften and moisturize the skin while purifying it. But I also noticed that my skin was a little brighter as well after using this. Even though this mask/cleanser in particular is meant for moisturizing, I didn't really get that but I guess didn't expect it that much from a product with clay in it either. Once I find a clay cleanser or mask that purifies my skin while also replenishes it, it's over for y'all.
Lastly, the Calming White one which contains chamomile is meant to soothe irritated skin while mildly purifying it, gave me results identical to the previous 2 masks. My skin rarely gets irritated so I can't speak for its ability to calm the skin but I do think this would do fine with sensitive skin.
So to recap, here are the pros and cons:
- Green one is great for detoxifying and getting smaller pores
- All 3 are great products to use for skin prep for makeup, important events, photoshoots, etc.
- Functions as a great 2-in-1 product so you can mask and cleanse in 5 minutes or less, allows for less maintenance in skincare routine
- Great deal, $35 for 3 cleansers from a higher end brand
- Useful products to maintain decongested and clean skin
- Don't need all 3, just one will suffice depending on your skin type
- Pink one doesn't moisturize that well
- Didn't experience any sebum controlling properties with green one
- Amount may not last you for long (1.7oz)
- Gets messy when wet and takes a lot of effort to rinse off