Friday, January 11, 2013

Ahava Time To Clear Purifying Mud Mask - Review, Pictures


 I'm kinda a mask hoor. I don't have a mask pimp or anything like that, but I really have a ton of them.  To be honest, not many of them do much for my sensitive and acne prone skin. They feel nice, and a fun to use, but in the long run, only a few have made any difference in my skin. I received a sample of the Ahava Time To Clear Purifying Mud Mask in my Sample Society box from beautybar.com, and I used up every last drop of that sample.  No Seriously, I cut the top off of the tube and scooped out all the remaining mud that wasn't coming out when I squeezed the bottle.

When I first applied this mask I didn't really think anything earth shattering was going to happen. It's smelled very nice, slightly floral/herbal, but not medicinal.  It felt cool on the skin and smoothed out nicely.  Once my mask had dried (about 10 minutes) The mask wasn't that hard clay, cracking and falling off in little bits all around me, dry.  That actually is a good thing.  When clay hardens on my skin like that it really irritates my sensitive skin, and I turn red like a lobster. The mask had more of a soft clay pleathery feel.  Not cracking but you could feel it was dry and a little tight.

I think the mud really brings out the green in my eyes!
The mask washed off easily with a soft washcloth. I use Darthypie's left over baby washcloths because they are extra soft and don't scrub my skin raw.  In fact, the hand knit cotton washcloths he has are the most mild and still effective!

The Dead Sea
Once my skin was clean of the mask I looked at my recent blemishes and lo and behold, they were smaller and less inflamed.  What's even better, a larger, angrier cystic type pimple that was taking up real estate on my forehead was actually a little less angry looking and slightly deflated (not gone entirely, that would have been a freakin' miracle)  My skin didn't feel overly dried out either, It felt really soft, and my acne looked less red.  That's as close it awesome as you can get from a mud mask, in my opinion...and remember, I'm a self proclaimed mask hoor, so I know what I'm talking about.

Obviously not me, but this girl is covered head to toe in Dead Sea mud!
The Ahava Time To Clear Purifying Mud Mask has ingredients to clear the skin of excess oils, stamp out grime and lighten blackheads. Ahava claims that it can prevent the formation of blemishes.  I can claim that I have no idea if that is possible, but it certainly does SHORTEN the lifecycle of a blemish that has already appeared.  The mask has some great soothing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties from the Horsetail Extract in the ingredients, but I believe the actual silt from the Dead Sea in Israel is the magic ingredient.  There's a reason that tourists and locals flock there to bathe in the buoyant salty water and cover themselves in the mud from the bottom on the sea.

See? I need to visit The Dead Sea. FREE MUD, people! A Mask Hoor's Dream
Do you NEED this? If you have sensitive skin but want to use a clay mask, or if you have acne prone skin or active acne on your skin, this mask may be a life saver for you.  YES, you need this.  The Ahava Time To Clear Purifying Mud Mask retails for $31 USD for a 4.4 oz tube.  I purchased my tube at a discount from Hautelook, but that was a one time sale. You can purchase Ahava from many places. Birchbox, Drugstore.com, Macys, Nordstrom, Skinstore.com Ulta and Zappos.com...just to name a few.

What do you think?  Are you a Mask Hoor?  Maybe a semi hoor?

Ingredients: Kaolin, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Cocamide MEA & DMDM Hydantoin & Sodium Lauroamphoacetate & Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Propanediol (Corn derived Glycol), Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract & Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-30 & Cetearyl Alcohol, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Sodium Lactate, Zinc Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol & Chlorphenesin & Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Peg-40 Stearate, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Tristearate, Xanthan Gum, PEG-5 Cocoate & PEG-8 Dicocoate & PEG-9 & Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triclosan, Methylisothiazolinone, BHA, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).



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8 comments:

  1. I can remember visiting my friend in Charleston and rolling around in the pluff mud - thinking we were getting an awesome beauty treat, LOL.

    Right now, I'm loving the Elma & Sana Moroccan Lava Clay mask that I bought off amazon after a review by futurederm. Used it last night and it's unbelievable how soft your skin feels afterward.

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  2. Thanks for the review. I haven't touched my sample or really thought it about but now I have to try it!

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  3. Sounds good! I currently use a normal green clay mask once a week.

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  4. I bought this but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. It definitely sounds like a wonderful product.

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  5. Mask hoor here. I want to try this one for sure.

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  6. I used to get this on HSN awhile back. I'd kind of forgotten about it. It's great stuff. *whimpers a little* *WANTS IT* nao!

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  7. I'm totally a mask hoor. I spent over $30 on perishable masks at Lush the other day. PERISHABLE! They HAVE to be refrigerated and expire within a week or two. And I bought $30 worth! Crazy....I'm just crazy.

    But their masks are REALLY nice :)

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  8. As a male dealing with sensitive skin and acne, Im always looking for something new to try without all those nasty chemicals that kill your skin. Im using products from Gunilla right now and seeing similar results as you are here. Ill gve this a try as well. Thanks.

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