Stress and poorliness have given me a few breakouts recently; nothing too awful, but certainly a couple of spots here and there that have needed a good seeing too, so the arrival of the deeply cleansing Merumaya Mud Marvels Mask was extremely timely.
The Merumaya Mud Marvels Mask is a traditional mud mask, designed to cleanse, detox and brighten skin. It’s key actives are volcanic ash and activated charcoal, alongside a selection of oils such as oat oil and sweet almond oil to counteract the drying effect of the mud. The formula also includes AHAs, but I can’t seem to find out online which ones, however I would guess it’s probably glycolic acid, which is an interesting inclusion in a mud mask, but it definitely works to enhance the overall effect, making this quite the multi-tasker.
As you would expect from a mud mask, this is a clay-like product that’s extremely thick, so it needs to be moved around a bit on the back of your hand first to ensure you can spread it evenly. Once warmed-up, the formula is quite creamy and feels comfortable on the skin, and when the drying starts it isn’t that horrible overly tight feeling you can often get with detox masks like this one; you definitely feel it tighten and get to work at cleaning out your pores, but it isn’t OTT or uncomfortable. It’s bang in the middle regarding removal – it isn’t particularly difficult, nor does it slide off skin. Once off, skin feels brilliantly smooth and clean, although if you’re prone to dryness then you’ll need a good dose of moisture after use. I would recommend this mask for anyone who suffers from oiliness or breakouts, and it’s especially handy if you get breakouts here and there, just focus the application on these areas – as you can see in my picture above, I only applied a light later on my forehead as that’s an area that rarely breaks out. The Merumaya Mud Marvels Mask is £19.50 here – link.