Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Clay Mask That Controls Oil: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Bought for: P500 | Price Range: P500 and above
Bought from: an online shop

I have had major issues with clay masks before. Most of which that I have tried just wreaked havoc on my skin. It made me skeptical using products with clay because I am afraid I might have whiteheads and tiny bumps all over my face again. Because everyone seem to love this particular mask from Innisfree and its benefits has been circulating in social media, I thought of giving it a try. I purchased a tub and didn't really expect the instant results I'd get. If you want to know more about what Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask does for me, please keep on reading!


The matte brown tub with a copper twist cap added to the natural feel of the product. I also appreciate that it is loaded with necessary information about the product (claims, ingredients and expiry date) and there's English translation for the Korean words printed. The tub has an inner plastic seal inside and it also shuts tight. I would consider it a bit bulky for traveling though I don't mind because I initially bought 5ml sachets for road-testing before I got the full-sized.

Claims (as per Innisfree)
6-in-1 Pore Care: Shrinks pores + Controls sebum + Exfoliates + Deeply cleanses + Brightens tone + Cools
1. What is the Super volcanic pore mask? Jeju volcanic clay is made from minerals released by volcanic explosions in Jeju. It's categorized as a preserved alkaline resource and is effective in removing sebum and other impurities. (Contains 6,020 mg of Jeju volcanic clay) 

2. Strong removal of sebum thanks to the Super volcanic capsules. As the capsule bursts, the mask exfoliates and removes dead skin cells. The AHA ingredient chemically exfoliates and smoothes out skin. 

3. Clear, Contracted, and Refreshed Pores! The strong absorption of sebum and cooling effect of the clay refreshes the skin and contracts pores.

How To Use

After washing your face, gently apply toner on your face to even out your skin texture. Then, apply the mask over your entire face, avoiding your eye and lip areas. Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.

Texture, Consistency and Ease of Application

The mask itself has a thick consistency and has the typical color of clay. I wouldn't wonder because it's main ingredient is Volcanic Scoria, which according to Innisfree, a pure, and fairly rare, ingredient formed from lava as it cools after a volcanic eruption. This ingredient is definitely a natural one and has the capability to reduce sebum production and removes skin impurities for a healthier, softer skin.

I like that the mask has an indistinguishable scent though it's very thick and has a drier texture so it requires extra effort when applying it all over the face. Sometimes, there could be some tugging so what I do is scoop out a necessary amount to a clean and empty plate and then sprinkle a bit of water onto it. The mask dries fast so you wouldn't have to time it and make sure it's been 10 minutes before you rinse it off. This ain't a peel-off mask so you might have to use a lot of water to remove the dried formula.

Overall Performance

I would label this mask as a holy grail product for me. I use it during the time when I'm having hormonal imbalance (once every other day) and my face seem to produce oil non-stop and even from just a single use, I can tell what's different on my skin. My face is less oily whenever I wake up and the product seems to make my skin clean, soft, plump and healthy. This is one of the few clay masks that isn't drying but is able to balance the skin and control oil even so. I have a hard time believing in oil-controlling products because they just don't work but this one is indeed true to its claim, no wondering a lot has been hooked.

And for the record, this clay mask didn't cause me breakouts! It seem to clear out impurities and unclog my pores so they look much less obvious. The difference is quite significant though just like all skincare products, I need it for maintenance. I wouldn't mind splurging for this product if it means that I'll have a better control of my sebum production. Less oil, less breakout!


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