dead sea spa magik

A Mud Mask Review

Hi Lovelies,

…What do you do when you stumble upon a review which claims to have found the dupe of the Glamglow Mud Mask? I know what I would do of course – so off I went to Holland&Barrett to buy the Glamglow dupe, and now we are here looking back on my decision and thinking – maybe you shouldn’t believe everything you read online Kimmi.

Without further ado, this is my review of the:

Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask

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Claims: 

For an instant and exceptional deep cleanse, Spa Magik Mud Mask is an effective product containing Dead Sea Mud to remove deep-seated impurities and replace essential nutrients in the skin.

Features:
– Deep cleanses normal/oily skin
– Removes impurities
– Refines and softens skin texture
– Gives skin a fresh, healthy glow.

Ingredients:

Harmonised Water(TM)* (Aqua, Maris Sal), Maris Limus (Dead Sea Mud), Kaolin(1), Glycerin(2), Zinc Oxide, Cetearyl Alcohol(3), PEG-20 Stearate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sulfur, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Coceth Sulfate(3), Parfum (Fragrance)**, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract***, Tilia Vulgaris (Linden Blossom) Flower Extract***, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract***, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract***, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Source: (1) Natural Clay, (2) Vegetable, (3) Coconut Oil.
*Special de-ionised water with Pure Dead Sea Minerals: Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Sodium as Bromides, Chlorides and Sulphates.
**Allergen-free blend with essential oils.
***Certified as organic according to the EEC council regulation No. 2029/91

Some of the ingredients are acne triggers, plus there are three preservatives – two of which are a major trigger – Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin. These two are formaldehyde releasers and act as preservatives to help hold product formulas together and prolong their shelf life, as well as prevent bacteria and fungal growth. Formaldehyde releasers are not as dangerous as formaldehyde since they are chemicals that breaks down slowly over time to release a tiny amount of formaldehyde. But still…..although they’re listed way down in meaning that there is a tiny percentage of them in the product – I’m still not going to repurchase because of their presence.

Price: 

This 70ml mud mask retails for £7.44 / $9.27 / €8.80 on amazon and £8.99 not including shipping on ebay

Performance: 

So you’re supposed to apply this to face and neck, avoiding eye area. I’m just going to go ahead and say that I didn’t apply to the neck. The mask is to be left on for 1-5 minutes, and removed with a wet natural sponge.

The consistency of the mud mask varies, sometimes it comes out a liquidy mess which makes it hard to apply to the face, and other times I really had to squeeze for it to come out…not to mention it sometimes shot out and I got mud all over the sink. What a waste of product 😦

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Before
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After spreading out

The instructions don’t specify how much product to apply, but I usually liked to apply it a not too thin not too thick amount – meaning that you’re going to have to use a lot of product to cover the face. Mud is easy to apply and spread, although it is a bit messy, and I was left with slightly mud covered fingers.

It doesn’t feel sticky on application, only slightly grainy as it is supposed to evoke the feeling of putting mud on your face. Smell is also earthy, and there is no off-putting fragrance although it’s listed in the ingredients. It applies dark grey (call me Mrs Gray from now on) and then turns light grey.

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After 5 mins

Disclaimer: it takes longer than 5 mins to dry, so don’t think that you’re going to apply this to the face and wash it off in the morning if you’re in a rush! The above photo was taken 5 mins after application, and upon touching the dark grey areas I found that it wasn’t dry. With that being said, it doesn’t take longer than 15 mins to dry completely.

The mask doesn’t dry down stiff, and doesn’t pull at your skin like a clay mask, which made me quite skeptical as to its effectiveness in deep cleansing skin. That was until I saw my nose area turn light grey and then form dark spots as the mask was sucking out the dirt and blackheads. Gross, but I loved it.

You know you’re good to wash off when you touch the mask and it feels powdery and dry. Don’t be fooled if it’s changed colour to its original dark grey in certain areas. In the below photos there are some patches which are darker than the rest, but at the touch they’re dry and powdery.

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After 15 mins

Washing off is a bit of a mess, especially since I don’t follow the instructions and use a sponge. There again, I don’t think it’s more messy than a regular clay mask, and you don’t have to go over the dried mask too many times to get it off.

Result:

My skin did feel smoother and look brighter, but perhaps it could be that the mask’s graininess gave my skin a mild exfoliation. As for the claims that it’s deep cleansing, there again, I am a bit skeptical as to this mask’s deep cleansing effectiveness compared to a clay mask. I’m an oily skin gal so I can probably get away with using this three times a week,

Repurchase:

Honestly? I was not blown away by this mask, although I used to reach for it consistently due to its short drying time. It’s fuss-free as you don’t have to stay mixing it with water to the right consistency, but there again its consistency varied between uses no matter how many times I tried to shake it to mix the liquid with the mud again. Also, I am a bit concerned as to some of the ingredients, and would prefer shopping another product than repurchasing this one.

Kim xx 

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