Monday, 14 January 2013

Stark Skincare Green Tea Detox Clay Mask

Pelotherapy - using mud and clay to cleanse and detoxify the skin has been a treatment for over 1400 years.  Ancient romans and egyptian nobility favoured rhassoul clay for it’s cleansing and detoxifying properties, using it as a soap and skin conditioner.  We like clay for it's circulatory and purification properties and because it reduces dryness and removes dead skin cells.  It's no wonder we're in love with Stark Skincare's Green Tea Detox Mask.

Price: $30 CAD
Size: 60g
Made in: Montreal, Canada
Availablity Score: 2, 4

Ingredients: moroccan lava (rhassoul) clay, montmorillonite (french green) clay, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, pumila mill (apple) fruit extract, citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract

Directions: Mix 1/2 teaspoon with enough water or green tea to just moisten. Apply to face. Leave on for 10 minutes. Use twice a week.

Notable Facts About This Product: Green tea is an antioxidant that can help repair damage from pollution and the sun.  Rhassoul and french green clay are mineral-rich, detoxify skin and gently remove impurities. Both these types of clay have shown to tone skin and improve skin clarity.
Apple extract contains alpha hydroxy acid, which exfoliates dead skin, leaving it soft and smooth.  Dryer skin types can benefit from this nourishing mask by using raw honey instead of liquid, and fruit juice can also be used.  Can be used as a facial scrub.

Personal Experience (Andrea): When I was a teenager, I used to buy mud mask packets that were available at the local drug store.  Slathering on the packets with my girlfriends, we'd sit around with magazines and chick flicks getting into fits of giggles as we tried to not 'crack' our faces while the mask dried.  Those days, doing a mud mask was less about skincare and more about coalescence.   Nowadays, my mask beauty ritual is more about the after-effects, but when I mix up my Stark mask, I still try to get some bonding in, so whoever's around is likely to be sitting green-faced on the couch with me for 20 minutes as we tell jokes and watch funny videos on YouTube.
Connections aside, the best thing about this mask is that it works.  I'll use it at least once a week, sometimes two.  Mostly I mix it with a small spoonful of plain greek yogurt, but on previous occasions I've tried honey, chilled green tea, or water.  When I rinse it off (I use a washcloth and tepid water) I immediately see and feel a difference.  My skin is noticeably softer and smoother; exfoliated, though there's no harsh or irritating scrubbing.  This one's definitely going to stay part of my routine for a long time.

Verdict: ❤❤❤

Where to Buy: also available at Nectar in Shawville Quebec, and soon at

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