I don’t wear make-up. I never really did, apart from my teenage years when I liked to do up my eyes and use lip-gloss when going out. I still own some eye shadows, mascara and lip-gloss, but it’s very rare that I make use of them – with a young toddler there are few opportunities to go out. What I do like is face masks and scrubs. Without foundation covering my skin I need to make sure it is looking its best. My preferred option is natural skincare, like mud masks or organic concoctions.
I never took a decision not to wear make-up. There wasn’t a day I took a solemn vow ‘I will never wear make-up’. I think it’s mostly because I’m a little lazy and couldn’t be bothered to get up a little earlier every morning to apply it. It seems to me that once you start wearing it you have to do it every day, otherwise people will think you look pale and unwell – and you are likely to think that as well.
When I was offered a chance to try Dead Sea Mud Mask from Insta Natural I was very pleased. It’s packed with natural and organic ingredients, so it’s exactly the sort of natural skincare product I like to use.
When I opened the sizable plastic (recyclable) jar I smelled … nothing. I was a little surprised, as I was expecting a slight minerally smell I am used to with mud masks. This is certainly not a negative thing. The mask is applied to your face for 10-15 minutes so a smell you may personally dislike, could make the experience a bad one. Odourless is safe.
The colour is a light charcoal gray and the consistency is like slightly jellified cream. I’ve tried to think of a comparison to illustrate this better, but nothing comes to mind. It’s thicker and stiffer than cream, but soft and easy to apply. It stays on nicely and does not run. It was also easy to clean my fingers against the edge of the container. There was no colour left on my hands. There are no ‘bits’ and the product feels clean – as strange as it sounds when talking about mud.
We don’t have a bath and I didn’t want to stay in the shower for the required 10-15 minutes, not to waste water. Instead I’ve made myself comfortable in the bathroom and caught up on some Instagram browsing. I chose a day when Daddy was at home to minimalise the risk of a toddler bursting in.
I have washed off the mask in the shower with a wet face cloth and it came off nicely. I’ve run my fingers over my cheeks and they felt squeaky clean, as if all the oil has been washed off. Great cleaning power! After drying my skin felt soft and silky. I was really pleased.
The mud mask has certainly delivered on helping to achieve a more even skin tone and tightening of pores. The results were instantly visible.
Ingredients: pure dead sea mud, organic shea butter, organic sunflower oil, organic aloe vera juice, organic vegetable glycerin, organic jojoba oil, hickory bark extract, organic calendula oil, filtered water, xantham gum (the source is not specified and there is no label clarifying if this mask is suitable for vegans)
Majority of the ingredients are organic, which is great. The packaging is recyclable (and reusable, it’s a nice big jar perfect for buttons or your child’s treasures). There is a label stating that it’s a Cruelty Free product, however there is no clear legal specifications as to use of this label, so it’s relatively meaningless (you can read more about it here).
The one big problem I have with this product is air miles. It is made in USA from dead sea mud, which had to travel a long way. And than the final product traveled again across the Atlantic to reach me in UK.
As much as I love the product and the results I would not buy it outside of US, because of air-miles.
PS. I have been offered this product in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions are my own and unbiased.