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Review: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask
Recently, I’ve been on a huge skincare kick, and I’ve been trying to get rid of the dark marks and acne on my face. During my pregnancy last year, I had the most horrible hormonal acne of my life. It left my face with many dark marks and acne scars I’ve been trying to rid myself of ever since. I decided to look for a mask to add to my skincare routine. I wanted something that would help fade the acne and scars and leave my skin looking healthy. Shea Moisture and their skincare line were some of the first products I wanted to try.
I am very familiar with Shea Moisture products as they are a major staple in my hair care routine. I was only vaguely aware of their skin care products. After hearing nothing but good things about their masks, I decided to try out the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask. I bought my 6oz jar from Target for $14.99 USD. It’s also available in-store wherever Shea Moisture products are sold and online in a few different sizes. What were my thoughts? Let’s take a look.
The jar says that the mask contains “no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, propylene glycol, or mineral oil.” They do not test on animals. This mask boasts a concoction of African black soap, tamarind extract, and tea tree oil. These ingredients help with clearing up acne, exfoliating, brightening, and clarifying the skin.
In the 16oz jar, you get plenty of the mud mask. This mask will last a very long time because a little of it goes a long way (don’t goop this on your face!). When you open the jar, you’ll notice that the mask does have a scent to it. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a typical “mud mask scent.” The mask does have a smooth, creamy, non-gritty texture to it and it’s very cool to the touch.
The directions on the back of the jar instruct you to “apply a thin layer of the mud to clean skin.” Then, you “keep [the mask] on for up to ten (10) minutes, [and] remove with a damp face cloth.” Before I started, I double cleansed my face using an oil cleanser and a normal foaming cleanser. Next, I used a mild astringent to finalize the cleansing of my face. Then, I applied a thin layer of the mask. I used my fingers, but if you want to avoid the mess, apply the mask using a flat, clean foundation brush. I applied it all over my face and a little down my neck, avoiding my eyebrow and eye area.
After I finished applying the mask, I left it to dry for the recommended time of 10 minutes. In that time, the mask dried to a slightly hardened finish that wasn’t overly uncomfortable. When it was time to wipe it off, I used a microfiber washcloth dampened with warm water. It wiped off incredibly easily. The mask immediately left my skin feeling much softer. After using the mask once weekly for 3-4 weeks (along with my usual skincare routine), I noticed way fewer breakouts. My acne scars also faded considerably.
The Shea Moisture Mud Mask is now such big part of my skincare routine. It really has worked wonders on my dry, acne prone skin. I whole-heartedly recommend this mask to anyone who has a problem with acne, blemishes, dark marks or acne scars. The all natural, organic ingredients make this a guilt-free product. It isn’t pumped full of chemicals or tested on animals. The price is great for the amount of product you get and the mask itself feels nice on the skin. It simply works! My rating for the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask is 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.
In the future, I do plan on trying out all the masks in the Shea Moisture skincare line, as well as many other Shea Moisture products. Have you tried the Shea Moisture Mud Mask? Do you recommend any other masks or Shea Moisture products for me to review? Leave your feedback below!
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Alicia Nicole xo