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I have skin that is oily and very prone to blemishes so I like to use a face mask to see if it can help to sort my problem skin out. I have a tendency to forget to do this weekly so I have stopped buying tubs of face mask as it inevitably goes off before I get round to finishing the tub. Therefore I mostly just buy the odd sachet now and again for a treat.
According to the packaging, this clay-based mask is designed to tackle spots and blackheads while also not blocking pores. As someone with problematic skin, I am always living in hope of finding a wonder mask that will do this.
This works in the same fashion as most other face masks: apply and leave to dry before washing off. I tend to find that this face mask doesn't apply in the same thick layer that the packaging suggests; instead I seem to end up with a very thin layer that I need to build up to feel that the mask is going to work. The packaging also implies that the mask is brown but in actual fact it is a green shade. It starts drying very quickly but does take about 10 minutes to feel fully dry. Although I can definitely feel it drying, the uncomfortable tight feeling that sometimes happens with this type of face mask is not as obvious and the overall feeling is more than bearable.
Removing it is relatively easy, bar a few stubborn bits that need some further attention and it is not as challenging as some other clay masks that I have used. It definitely washes off quite well with just water and my fingers, although this may well not be the case if you apply a thicker layer than I do. I only apply a medium thickness layer and this comes off well with no need for intense scrubbing. I have often found that the need to use cotton wool or even a flannel to remove other clay masks.
After using this face mask, my skin feels cleansed and refreshed. Despite have oily skin for the most part, it does make my skin feel a bit right and I feel obliged to use some moisturiser to restore the balance. My blemishes and blackheads both look less obvious after using this face mask but on the whole, I don't feel that it is helping to improve the overall condition of my skin. I don't feel that I can mark the product down on that basis though as I have experienced a number of breakouts lately and am not sure that anything much would help with that!
I paid 99p per sachet and picked a few up in Boots on various shopping trips.
If you have less problematic and spot-prone skin than me, I can imagine this face mask being quite successful. Unfortunately, my skin is probably beyond help in terms of anything helping to improve its condition very much. I do like the fact that my blemishes look calmer but sadly this doesn't last.
When browsing Boots looking for things to add to a friends pamper pack for her 30th birthday I came across the mudd original face mask. Whilst I do like to use face masks I do tend to stick to the Montagne Jeunesse brand because I am familiar with them but as this face mask was priced at just £0.99 I decided to give it a go.
The face mask comes in a foil lined pack which features a picture of a smiling lady applying the mask to her face much like you see on the Montagne Jeunesse brand. The difference with the Montagne Jeunesse range and this particular product though is that this one seems much less neutral with white, cream and brown tones as opposed to the much more colourful and in your face Montagne Jeunesse range.
We are told on the packaging that this mudd original mask gives you one application of their pure clay formula original mask. On the back of the packaging we are told that the product will tone and tighten your skin and it won't clog pores or cause blemishes which all sounds very promising indeed!
I used this product just before getting in to the bath to relax as I find bath time is when I am most kind to myself and not constantly thinking of what I must get done and such like. I had removed my entire make up and soaked my face with a warm face cloth and then blotted it dry as recommended on the instructions of the mask.
When I ripped off the top section of the packaging I was fully expecting the whole of the pack to be ripped open but there is actually just a really small hole which is opened when you rip open the pack. I can see both good and bad in this to be honest because on the positive side the face mask is not as likely to dry up and despite it saying there is one application in this pack I found I only used around half of it and so there is certainly enough to use it again. However on the negative side it is really quite tricky to get the face mask out of this one little hole and it became more of a struggle than I would have liked it to have been. I think personally I'd rather have a larger hole to squeeze the product out of and use a peg or clip or something to fasten it back down with afterwards.
The mudd original mask isn't exactly appealing to look at being a dark brown in colour and you certainly aren't going to win any beauty awards whilst wearing it but obviously the main thing is how it works on your skin. I applied the mudd all over my face and noted that it felt relatively thin yet covered my skin well. The scent of the product is a clean, fresh, slightly fragranced one which I found quite pleasant to be honest.
The mudd dried nicely on my face and I did notice that it was quite difficult to talk much as the product had set on my skin! I left the product on for fifteen minutes as advised and during this time I didn't notice any negative affects on my skin and I just felt as though it was tightening and thus working.
Removing the face mask with a wet flannel whilst in the bath was quite easy but I have to say I was glad I was in the bath when doing this as I think it would be quite messy otherwise! When the mask was removed my skin on my face felt soft, tight and toned and I have to say I was really impressed with the results and I would certainly use this product again because I feel the fact that I can get two uses from one sachet for just £0.99 is brilliant value for a product that makes my skin feel good.
Thank you for reading my review!
Occasionally I like to have a pampering night where I sit in front of the TV, do a face mask, paint my toenails and generally do girlie things. One of my favourite face masks to use is the Mudd range of face masks.
The Mudd range is quite varied and includes masks which exfoliate, a medicated mask, masks for men and the original mud mask - which is my favourite.
The original face mask comes in 5 inch x 3 inch sachet which is white and brown. Each sachet contains 15ml of the face mask. On the front of the sachet there is a small picture of a woman with the mask applied to her face and I have to admit that it literally looks like she has covered her face in mud! Next to that picture is a slightly larger picture of the same woman with very healthy looking glowing skin.
On the back of the packaging, there is all the usual info such as ingredients and a customer comments address and phone number. There is also a product description on the back which claims that the mask 'draws out hidden oils and grime from your skin'. There are also directions for use on the back in English and also in 3 other languages (although I could not tell you what those languages are!)
Best of all, it also states on the back that this product is not tested on animals which is another reason I like this product.
I buy these masks up Tesco where they cost 99p which is very reasonable. These masks are also available in shops such as Boots and Superdrug for the same price.
About The Mask
When you first get the mask out of the packet, it pretty much just looks like mud. Apparently this product is made from 100% clay which would make sense as it smells like clay which isn't the nicest smelling face mask I have used but it isn't unpleasant either. The clay contains lots of minerals which are good for your skin and will help to remove any impurities in your pores. I have quite sensitive skin and this product does not aggravate me in anyway as it has been dermatologically tested.
Using The Mask
Before you apply the mask, you will need to ensure that you have removed any makeup. I tend to cleanse my face before using this to make sure that my face is clean and the mask can get to my pores, if you really want to ensure the mask gets to your pores then you can apply this mask while laying in a hot bath (meaning you pores will be open because of the heat)
The idea is to then spread the mask all over your face avoiding your eyes and mouth. These is more than enough face mask in one sachet and sometimes I only use half the sachet and save the other half for another night but most of the time I do tend to use the whole sachet.
The packet informs you that you will need to wait 10-15 minutes for the face mask to dry but I would say that it takes much longer for it to dry completely. To dry completely, I would allow around 25 minutes (and even longer if you are in a warm bath)
As the mask is drying, your face does feel quite tight and smiling is an experience as you can feel your face cracking as you do so once the mask has dried.
Removing The Mask
To remove the mask you are meant to soften the dried clay with a flannel and then gently wipe off. This can take ages as the clay is quite difficult to remove once it has dried fully. I feel that this is the one disadvantage to this product, it takes nearly as long to remove it as it does to apply it and wait for it to dry.
After removing the mask, my skins always feels unbelievably smooth, in fact, just like a babies skin. However, I find that my skin actually shows the effects of the mask the next day - as my skin still feels nice and smooth and my complexion is healthy and glowing with no blemishes showing.
I would definitely recommend this product. It is cheap and has great results, leaving your skin looking refreshed and healthy for up to 3 days after using the product. The mask is easy to apply and easy to remove from the packaging.
The only downsides are that it doesn't smell as nice as some of the other face masks on the market and it can takes ages to remove the mask.
I find that using face masks on a weekly basis really makes a difference to my skin. I have combination facial skin - oily nose and forehead and cheeks that tend to dryness. I also have large pores around my nose that need regular deep cleansing in order to prevent blackheads. Using a face mask is an easy way to do this. I have tried a great many different ones, but I tend to find that clay based masks produce the best results over all parts of my face. That is one reason that I bought Mudd's Original mask - it is made of kaolin clay, along with other things.
THE PRODUCT AND WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO
Mudd make several masks, but the only one I have tried is the original variety. It is also available in a sensitive formulation for example. I bought the single use 10ml sachet the first time I tried this, as it is the perfect size to use as a tester. I thought that if it didn't suit my skin I would only have wasted 99p. Since then I have usually bought the 100ml packet, which costs £4.99 in Boots, as this is obviously better value. [The larger pack gives you 10 applications.]
Mudd say that this mask is deep cleansing, and that the special minerals within it will absorb excess oil and deeply embedded dirt and makeup. They say your skin will feel softer, smoother and clean after use, and that the mask will help to control spots and blackheads. Lastly, it is said to have a formula that won't result in clogged pores. This is especially important for me because of the large pores I mentioned above.
Although made of clay, I think this mask would easily pass as a thick mud, albeit a pleasantly scented one. It is thick, and feels slightly sticky to me when you spread it on your face. I think a thinner mask would probably be easier to apply, but perhaps it wouldn't be as effective so I won't complain. It is an olive brown colour so it doesn't look attractive but I don't really expect it to be. I was surprised at first to find the mask was scented. I don't really look for perfumed face products deliberately, because I like to keep things simple and I don't like highly artificial scents. I suppose that Mudd feel the natural clays don't smell attractive on their own. The scent reminds me of a mild lavender perfume mixed with herbs. I like it, but even if you don't, you can't smell it very much once you are wearing the mask. It's strongest when you first open the sachet or packet.
You apply this mask in much the same way as any other. You wash your face first, then simply smear the clay on. It appears thinner when on your skin, so you have to apply a lot in one go to get the sort of deep coverage depicted on the front of the packaging. It is still a relatively quick process though, and thankfully there is more than enough in the single use sachet to cover my face properly. I also find that the multi use packs are accurate in their guidelines as to how many uses you can expect from them.
At first my skin just feels cool, and the clay quite heavy. After a few minutes my face feels tight. This is most obvious if I try to talk or smile, but it never gets to the point of feeling too unpleasant for me. I am used to this happening when using masks and I take it as a sign that things are working! The mask needs to stay in place for 10 to 15 minutes by which point the clay has dried out and feels smooth to the touch. After that it is time to wipe the mask off with a wet cloth, which doesn't take me long at all.
I love the fact that my skin shows an instant improvement after using this. I find that when I use some masks, my skin can actually appear worse at first - red for example. With this one, there is no such problems. My skin looks and feels very fresh. It is softer than when I started and certainly more radiant. Any trace of shine on my oily forehead has gone and it stays away for good 12 hours. If I have been diligent with using masks and pore strips on a frequent basis, then this mask does a sufficient job on keeping my pores clean. If, however, I have been slack, and already have a blocked pore or blackhead then I don't find that one use is enough to clear them entirely. I would need to use a pore strip first to remove the blockages. If you have less problematic pores then I suspect the mask will clean deeply enough for you. I do not suffer from many spots these days, so I can't really put their continued absence down to using this product.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS MASK?
I don't have sensitive skin, so I can't advise you as to whether this mask would suit if you do, but it doesn't cause me any irritation. For just about everyone else, I would recommend it. I think it is a good value mask that makes my skin look more radiant, clearer and smoother as well feel softer to the touch. If you need something to instantly solve blackheads, then in my experience this won't deep clean enough. It does however maintain my pores in good condition between my uses of a nose pore strip. I will continue to buy this occasionally, although I have switched to Beauty Formulas 3 minute Cucumber Clay Mask in the main because I can buy it for just £1. For a second choice though, and for the times when I can't get hold of my favourite product, I will happily buy this.
Readily available to buy in Boots, Superdrug and elsewhere.
[This review may also appear on Ciao, under my user name.]
As you know I have a passion for face masques, I just whole heartedly love using them. There are so many different types on the market there really is something for everyone. The brand I always use the most is Montagne Jeunesse, however I recently tried another brand! Thank you to a lovely friend from here sending it to me.
Original Mask - Mudd 15ml:
'Deep pore cleanser draws out hidden oils and grime. 100% pure clays containing special minerals absorb excess oil, deeply embedded dirt and make-up. After use, skin feels smoother, softer and deep-cleansed. Helps control spots and blackheads as it tones and tightens the skin'
I have seen this masque many of times but never purchased it, so it was interesting trying it for the first time. On the hold I was rather impressed with the results on my skin but the smell was somewhat to be desired.
To start with you need to soak your face with a warm and blot dry. Once that is done it is time to apply the masque over entire face avoiding eyes and lips. The masque itself is rather thick and there would be no problem in getting two applications from one pack. So when you have applied enough of the contents over your face pop the rest in a sealed bag and place in the fridge to keep it fresh.
I found this to be rather cooling on my face I like really liked how soft it was, nice and soft to smooth over my face. The masque is green in colour but as it dries get much lighter, as this product dried on my face I could feel it get slightly tighter but this was not uncomfortable in anyway.
It recommends you give this masque around 10 to 15 minutes on your face to dry; I left this on for the full 15 minutes as after 10 minutes there was still a large proportion that wasn't dry. For me although the feel of the masque so far was heavenly I just was not keen on the scent at all. To be fair it is only a mild fragrance but it reminded me of my Nan's 'overpowering' lavender mist she uses and well I hate lavender!
Once time is up the masque needs to be washed off, I personally find with mud masque is that if you soak you face flannel in some hot water rinse it out a little and rest on your face for a couple of minutes the mud masques are much easier to wipe off. As this softens the once dried patches and starts to lift it from your face.
After I had removed the masque my skin was radiant and glowing, for me this has pushed this masque right up into my top 5. My skin was also extremely soft and smooth to touch this was brilliant and lasted me for a good couple of days after use too. I tend to be a little oily around my nose area and it had cleared all the excess oil away without drying my skin out.
I also had a few blemishes pop up on my skin which was instantly calmed down and pretty much none existent after I had used this masque. It is recommended you use this masque once or twice a week, for me I shall certainly be purchasing more.
The packaging is simple and basic without a lot of jargon overloading the appearance. It comes in a foil sachet that you rip the top open to obtain the contents. You can also purchase this in a large sachet that has a screw top which I think would be much easier to handle.
Price and Availability:
Most places I have spotted this product are all around the 99p mark. Bodycare at times has it cheaper for 89p and Superdrug sometimes has it on offer for three for two so worth while shopping around for the best deal.
I wish I tried this masque sooner as I always past it off when looking in the shops; however I am really glad I have tried this now and shall be purchasing more. I recommend people to try this masque as I found it to be soft yet effective in giving me great results on my skin.
You can get two applications from one pack costing you just 50p per use and you really couldn't get that in a spa! I found I had better results from this, than some spa treatments I've had in the past. So yes a very happy me.
Five out of five stars.
Thank you for reading.
It doesn't state anywhere I have looked what skin type this is suitable for, so I did a patch test on my inner arm first before use. So if you do have sensitive skin in anyway I would recommend you also do a patch test first.
* Not tested on animals
* Dermatologically tested
* Lanolin Free
Aqua, Bentonite, Kaolin, Disodium Cocamido Mipa Sulfocsuccinate, Alcohol Denat, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Parfum, Propylparaben, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extrac
The Testing Ground....... for a pure clay, deep cleaning (with no exotic "dead sea" heritage) facial mask.
I've been using Mudd Mask as long as I can remember, at least two decades, but currently it is applied to a 42 year old face, which is being deeply unfair to its owner by suffering from blemishes PLUS wrinkles.
Rather than combination skin it is more what I'd call "downright fickle about what state it wants to be" skin. It randomly changes from fairly dry in places (with oh so attractive flaking) to quite oily for my age group.
The face still gets spots despite its advanced years, in the main caused by environmental factors. Like getting covered in a fine layer of ash daily when emptying three big fireplaces.
Also gets a fair bit of garden ground in to it, thanks to my struggling with neurotic pumps down wells. Usually in the dark, while it is raining. Ending up with me falling flat on my face cos the Italian Sock Dropper has wandered off with the torch for fear that his Armani socks might get a bit damp. It's not helped by me sometimes falling off the non smoking wagon due to the stress of an extended pilgrim invasion.
The above guarantees a lack of effortless clear skin. I'm at constant risk of blocked, oversized pores, blackheads, small angry zits and when the ciggies get thrown into the mix...massive acne like spots too.
(God I sound attractive. Almost feel like throwing the Mudd Mask away next purchase and just sticking the bag on my head.)
The instructions on the tube are really sparse, so I've gone into more detail to give an idea of the use and what the product is like.
If you don't use it regularly the mask is almost TOO effective at deep cleansing and drawing out impurities and for the next couple of days after application some new spots can pop up to join the ones you were trying to get rid of. So I'd say avoid using it a couple of days before a big event if you don't want to risk "post mask breakout" angst.
You need to rinse and dry your face to clean it first, in my experience steaming and other complicated prep makes no difference to the effectiveness of the mask.
This product can separate a bit in the tube. At first squeeze you risk a sudden squirt, of what looks like a bad case of food poisoning affecting the lower digestive system, shooting all over your basin. Over time this squirty phase can mean the remaining product gets too dry and clumpy. So always shake the plastic tube of the Mudd Mask violently before you unscrew the lid.
In two decades I still haven't worked out which storage conditions cause this. I've kept the tube on window ledges, in total darkness (lost under laundry mountains in the bidet), in the wide variety of climates offered by Southern England, Yorkshire, Bangkok and various bits of Northern Italy. Makes no difference, it seems to separate according to its own personal agenda, when it feels like it . So good idea to always shake.
You squeeze the product onto your hand. How much can depend on the weather (on a hot and dry day a too thin layer on the face can cause a strangled yelp as your skin gets sucked backwards at warp speed 10 with no warning).
You also have to think about the size of area you want to cover and if you wish to use a slow drying facemask as an excuse for a quick nap.
I go for a pencil thick line, about as long as my palm diagonally, so I'm looking at something that resembles a shrunken, three day old decomposed slug that caught the sun. Greeny brown, a bit moist still, with a suspiciously clumpy texture. Luckily it doesn't smell of dead slug. Just a subtle, clean, but earthy, natural scent.
I stick my finger in the slug and apply generously to the T-zone. Just enough to cover the skin completely, not so much that I look like my face is melting.
The eye area needs to be given a wide berth, I aim to look like the negative of a deeply shocked panda.
To the rest of my face I apply what little product is left on my hand much more thinly, just a whisper of coverage. Unless I am having a random dry and flaky phase, then I avoid the more dehydrated areas, like cheeks and neck, altogether.
I have a low boredom threshold, so during the wait for the mask to dry I creep up behind my unsuspecting spouse, yell "GWWHAHWHAHWHA !". Then wet myself as he shrieks like a girl and leaps ten foot in the air at the sudden sight of my "Shrek's swamp" coloured, monster face.
About ten minutes of hysterical giggling later, more or less, I get the "Joan Rivers" feeling and know the mask is dry. It is uncomfortable cos the dried mask pulls on your skin and makes smiling, let alone laughing quite twingy.
That means the end of fun and games, so I pull my husband's fingernails out of the ceiling, lower him to the floor and then pootle back to the bathroom.
I rinse vigorously in warm, running water for what feels like a month of Sundays. Paying attention to creases as it tends to get stuck there. It takes ten times longer to get off than it takes to get on. If I'm having trouble getting it off completely I have to use a bit of facewash along with the elbow grease. It feels like you are getting nowhere for ages, and then suddenly it all starts to come off and you are finally done.
This is why the packaging says to expect to be a bit pink afterwards I think. Nothing to do with the mask in my opinion and everything to do with the effort and rubbing involved in getting the stuff off you.
Moisturize, abundantly in my random dry areas post mask, to avoid feeling tight around the gills.
I always see an immediate, vast improvement in pore refinement which lasts until I get hot and sweaty cooking dinner, but for two to four days after that my pores still look clearer and tighter than before the mask.
Over the next few days the old, odd spot usually speeds up their disappearance. A few zits can suddenly pop up within the next 48 hours or so, which is why I avoid using the mask a few days before a party. I always find that, when washing and exfoliating for the next week, any stubborn clogged pores and blackheads liberate themselves in a jiffy.
Used regularly for a couple of months I find I hit a point where I can maintain fairly clear skin by preempting any breakouts by keeping my pores clear of what would have caused the spots to develop.
I feel the product only really lives up to its full potential if you use it as per the instructions. Which is regularly enough to get past the "post mask break out" cycle, so it can function as a preventative, refining measure, rather than trying to manage spots and blackheads with it in an ad hoc fashion.
When I do maintain the routine for 8 weeks onwards my skin is brighter, cleaner looking, fresher, less break out prone and far freer of blemishes. It also helps refine the general texture of my skin, which helps my make up sit better allowing it to enhance, rather than struggle to cover up.
I'm married to an Italian who has the famed defective gene that leads to ever optimistic, excessive bottom grabbing. Given the heightened risk I run of being hobbled with my tights half down and falling over in my efforts to avoid third party contact with an unsightly bottom, Mudd mask is perfect for when my rear has been encased in jeans or tights for weeks of winter and is not at its silky, smooth best.
As long as I remember to turn up the heating, to avoid chilly fluffy bits during the process, nooks and crannies carefully excused from participation, I can get a lot nearer to a perfect peach texture compared to pre treatment.
Given this additional usage I feel the mask should also be sold in considerably bigger tubes. Especially if I've been hitting the cake.
The other whinge is that the Mudd mask is so very basic in cost, packaging and presentation, making no attempt to frilly itself up in any way, that it leaves me open to infidelity with posher, less effective products as an attempt to seek out a "pamper" factor. Which then don't work so I am spotty AND poor. I feel they could try harder to inject just a little sparkle into the product.
It might not be pretty, or flashy or "spa" like, but despite the low cost (or maybe because of it) it works, and gets the results I want in terms of clearer, healthier looking skin. Top and tail. It only costs me about 5 Euros for a tube that seems to last for ages (during the parts of the year when I restrict the use to my face only, like a normal person) making it fabulous value for money.
Perhaps because it is so "hospital matron" there is a lack of incitement to make a beautification performance art piece out of the its use. Which lends itself better to the busy life of a working, home educating, wandering hand avoiding, time crunched woman. Who needs to squeeze in her skin care in a day which could do with at least another six hours added to it.
I like to use face masks frequently and spotted this one in Boots. I like the one use sachet masks as they are convenient and at just 99p I thought it would be worth a try.
This item is described as Mudd's Original Mask - Deep cleansing pure clay formula. Mudd say "Deep pore cleanser draws out hidden oils and grime. 100% pure clays containing special minerals absorb excess oil, deeply embedded dirt and make-up. After use, skin feels smoother, softer and deep-cleansed. Helps control spots and blackheads as it tones and tightens the skin. Non-comodogenic, so it won't clog pores or cause blemishes. Dermatologically tested and lanolin-free formula."
Recommended directions for use: Soak face with a warm, moist cloth and blot dry. Apply Mudd Original Mask over entire face avoiding eyes. Allow 10-15 minutes to dry then gently wipe off with a cool, wet cloth. Use once or twice a week or as needed.
To make the most of my cleansing routine I use a face mask treatment once a week and follow quite a detailed routine as part of my intensive treat. Firstly I make sure my face is thoroughly clean and free of all traces of make-up. I usually wash with Lush's Ultrabland and then rinse off with warm water. After I've done this I then applied the Mudd Original Mask. Once the mask is then thoroughly covering my face I left it for the 15 minutes, then washed away with warm water. Finally I finished up by using a toning solution to ensure the mask has been fully removed, then use a moisturising lotion and eye cream.
The packaging was tricky to open, even with it's "easy open" tear off section. I found this did not fully penetrate the liner of the sachet, and there was only a tiny gap for me to squeeze the product out of.
The masque itself is very thin and smooth, making it extremely easy to spread onto my face. It felt quite runny but the liquid stayed in place well and didn't make a mess or drip anywhere when I was putting it on. The masque had a deep khaki green colour and looked quite unpleasant! The small was not really noticeable and I sat back in the bath for a soak while I was putting the mask on. There was more than enough of the face mask within the one use sachet, so I applied it over my face, neck and chest so that the leftovers wouldn't go to waste.
This face mask should be left on for 10-15 minutes to allow it to really get to work on your skin. I left it on for the full 15 minutes and by this time most of the masque had become dry and there were cracks forming in the surface over my face, although where I had smothered it over my neck and chest it still felt quite moist.
Afterwards my skin felt instantly smooth and very hydrated. I noticed that my skin was softer and I think my skin really did feel the benefit. There was a definite difference in that my skin felt more taut for a while afterwards. It really seemed to prep my skin, as when I applied my moisturiser it sank straight into my skin and was absorbed extremely quickly. The only negative that I have noticed is that it drew out one huge great beast of a spot underneath my chin which is now very painful! The rest of my skin looks clear and is free of blemishes, thanks goodness!
I am impressed with the results from using this face mask, although I would have preferred if it had been nicely scented so that it felt a bit more pampering whilst I had it on. I would recommend this for anyone with problem skin, it really works wonders for such a plain and unattractive looking product!
I like a face mask every once in the while, and why not? Apart from the benefits it gives your skin, it makes for a great prop to scare your family with when you pop up infront of them shouting "boo!" (Yes, I am 20 years old)...
When browsing the aisles of Superdrug or Boots, there are many different brands of facemasks to choose from. Some are in the sachet form, and the more expensive Elizabeth Arden types are in the tube form. Some masks will be a leave on and wash off, and some will be a peel off mask. I generally like a nice face mask that costs under £1 but is effective and will actually benefit my skin, and this is why I chose the Mudd original mask.
The mask itself is alien green, and has a consistency and texture that is similar to watered down clay, however it is not running or too solid so is very easily distributed across the face. As with all face masks, it is strongly advised to avoid the eye area as this is the most sensitive and delicate part of the skin. I normally find with a typical packet, that I have a fair bit left over, despite applying a thick layer across my entire face and forehead. If you were to share a pack with a friend though, you would probably have enough for the pair of you so that might be worth thinking about as not to waste any of the product... although I prefer to keep it all to myself!
It will depend on your skin time as to how long you will need to leave it on for, but generally I find that 6-8 minutes does the job, without it becoming rock solid and a little painful because it's been left on too long. As I have pale and sensitive skin, I am also very conscious about not causing damage, however if your skin is a little tougher you may find you can leave it on for longer.
To remove the mask, I find it is best to use a face cloth of some kind, that has been soaked in warm (but not hot) water, and to gently melt away the product. After you have removed it, I would recommend thoroughly rinsing your face so all traces of the product have been removed, and you no longer resemble and extra from E.T!
Afterwards, and when I have gentled patted my face dry I think my face certainly feels alot smoother and fresher. It is recommend to carry out such skin treatments before bed and not in the mornings, as the skin repairs itself over night. When I wake up, my skin doesn't feel as fresh so sometimes I break this rule and use the mask before a night out, so I get the best benefits out of having my skin look fresher and more alive.
I am someone who has always suffered with problem skin as it is not only sensitive but prone to break outs. I find this Mudd mask certainly helps in reducing blemishes as it does work deep down in the pores, but it has to be part of a general good skin care routine over all to really achieve the best results. It certainly doesn't prevent blemishes, and you have to make sure you rinse your face well after using so you don't accidentally block pores either.
So overall, at about 99p from most retailers and pharmacies, the Mudd Mask is certainly an affordable treat. It does make my skin feel refreshed and so this is why I have continued to use it. However it doesn't prevent blemishes or improve skin long term, so be aware this is only a small part of the skin grooming routine in order to achieve better looking skin overall.
I remember my very first face mask experience as if it were yesterday. A greasy-faced teen, my mum decided that she'd offer me some help and a confidence boost by slathering me in some green gunk that came out of a white tube. Having successfully transformed me into something resembling Grotbags from the "Emu Show" I began to feel that sensation that has taken me back to masks that dry time and time again. I love that skin-tightening sensation as the masks dry out and, surely it isn't only me, that sheer joy when you smile and frown and crack the mask!
Over the years I've tried so many different masks, each time coming back to an old-fashioned drying mask as I find them so relaxing to use and the most effective (I have absolutely NO success with peel-off masks). It's rather surprising therefore that it was not until about a year ago that I first experienced Mudd. It's a brand that seems to have been about for ages and sells itself on its simplicity.
My skin is not that sensitive but it is very combination. I have an overly oily T-zone and very dry cheeks so I need to take care in my product selection. I need something that's robust enough to really treat the problem areas but gentle enough that it won't dry the cheeks too much.
Whilst we all consider mud to be brown you'll find that the mask is more of a grey, clay colour. There's no floral or other pretty scent here either. The smell of the mask is very earthy, almost herbal. It reminds me of pottery lessons at school! Will I get my "Ghost" moment?!
In texture the mask is super smooth, almost velvety. It's a pleasurable texture, again rather like the feel of the clay in pottery lessons when you've added too much water. The consistency is rather like a set honey that's been kept in the fridge. It's firm but spreadable.
I've found that it's best applied to slightly damp skin (use hot water to open up the pores) and it spreads fairly easily. As it goes on the skin it feels rather cold to me and doesn't have the warming sensation that charcoal masks provide (if you like heating masks then the Sanctuary Charcoal Mask is fab and produces similar results to this one). I tend to apply the mask such that it lies slightly thicker over the "problem areas" - whether this has any benefit or not I have no idea but I like to think so. Like all masks, the eye area should be avoided!
The mask dries out as it is exposed to the air and after a couple of minutes you'll feel the moisture seep away and your skin will start to feel quite tight. I find the evaporation period is a cold one - worth sitting in a hot bath while you do this! After 5 minutes you'll be unable to move your face with ease. A plaster cast for the face. I find that the tightening sensation continues.
I tend to leave the mask on for around 10 minutes and then take great pleasure in cracking it by pulling funny faces before rinsing it off.
Rinsing can cause issues. I'm a flannel girl, I don't do with the cotton wool pads thing! Trouble is, this stuff sticks to fabric and stays stuck. You end up with a cloth that looks like it's done 6 months down a coal mine. Absent a mirror it can also be very hard to ensure that you've rubbed all traces off (rather like those awful disclosing tablets the dentists would use on us as kids!). If, therefore, like me, you use this whilst having a bath, do remember to check your reflection before emerging from the steamy bathroom!
After use my skin feels tightened (but not uncomfortably so) and very very clean. If I'm totally honest it feels a little dry but not dried out. A dash of moisturiser on the cheek area sorts this out. My skin feels wonderfully smooth - unusual for a non-exfoliating mask. Enlarged pores are reduced and I feel revitalised.
And the real joy of this product? It's cheap! Around £5 for an 80 ml tube or around £1 for a 15ml sachet. I'd recommend the tube - although it's not much cheaper it works out as more efficient - I find that a sachet is too big for my face but the remains aren't enough for a second application.
Unfortunately I seem to be one of those unlucky people who has the most easily irritated and spot prone skin in the world. After many years of experimenting with different face masks and cosmetics I discovered that I was allergic to Lanolin. This seems to be a common additive in many face masks and moisturisers, it actually is meant to help with moisturisation.
So the search was now on to find a face mask to try and help my poor skin while making sure it was Lanolin free. It was when I was shopping in Boots that I spotted Mudd Original Mask. It states on the box that it is Lanolin free. So I picked it up and bought it.
Back at home I applied a hot flannel to my face to open my pores and force any yucky dirt to the surface. After patting my skin dry I applied a thick (ish) layer of mudd and relaxed for 15 minutes.
After about 8 minutes I could feel my skin tightening - not all together a horrible sensation but not particularly nice either.
After 15 minutes was up I was glad to (try to) wash the mask off. I soaked a flannel in hot water and started to pat my face. It took lots of attempts to get my skin mudd free. It also left a bad taste in my mouth (and I didn't swallow any)
My skin was red afterwards and slightly tender. It didn't have that 'clean feeling". However the next day my skin felt softer, although I did have more spots but that is to be expected I suppose.
I would use this mask again but its certainly not a nice, relaxing experience!
I have only just got really into facemasks. The first one I tried was from Avon, and although easy to use, and non offensive smelling it did not have amazing results. I wasn't sure if they were meant to, but nothing felt different afterwards, so I did not see the point! I thought I'd try another one to gain more insight into their benefits. This time I thought I would buy a one off sachet rather than investing in a large pot, only to waste it after one go. I waiting until this one came up on special offer in Tesco and snapped it up.
One of the things I liked about my face mask from Avon was that it had no strong smell. This one had a much stronger odour, but it was neither unpleasant or pleasant. The sachet was easy to tear open and I just about squeezed out enough to give my face an even coverage. This time again I went for a peel off one as I did not want to get my face all messy and have to wash it tons of times. The mask only took a few minutes to dry and then I peeled it off. Even though I had exfoliated, tons of dead skin came off. This time I was left with taught new feeling skin, very refreshed and tight. My skin was a little red, but it was not stinging or damaged and it calmed down fairly soon (mental note, do not do before a night out!!).
My skin even felt smoother the next day, so I would definitely recommend this to anyone. It was easy to use, easy to peel of and made my face feel new!
I'm sure we all like a good cleansing every now and again and recently i decided i could do with one too. So as always i hit the search engine Google to find the best mask out there. Now that is a hard job in itself. There are so many different masks to choose from and who knows which one is the best one. I came across firming masks, clay masks, uplifting masks, sauna masks, even recipes for home made masks. So i figured the best thing to do was decide exactly what kind of mask i wanted and to find some that had reviews on them.
This is when i came across the Mudd Original Face Mask which sounded ideal as it is a deep cleansing mask. It sounded exactly what i was after and after reading the reviews i decided to give it a go. I bought mine off the Auravita website for £4.39. The tube is 80 ml and has up to 8 applications. Of course it will last longer if you are only applying it to parts of your face rather than all over. I did see on another site that you could buy them in sachets which is 1 application @ £0.97p. I decided on the tube as it worked out cheaper in the long run.
The mask is a thick, kind of dark green clay which actually doesnt smell too bad. The idea is to soak your face in warm water to open your pores then blot your face dry. Then apply the mask to your whole face or just the areas you want to concentrate on. Allow 10-15 minutes to dry. You can see when its dry plus you can really feel it. The box instructions says to then soften with a cool wet cloth and gently wipe off. To be used once or twice a week or as needed & as always if skin irritation occurs, discontinue use.
When i tried it
I put the mask on only on certain areas to start off with just in case i had a reaction. The mask dried quite quickly and i could actually see where my pores were opening up. It was really bizarre to see and quite freaky if i'm honest. When i came to remove the mask, this is where i found the first and only problem. It didnt come off nearly as easy as the box implied it would. I'm not sure if thats because i had put too much on or if i was doing something wrong. My face was a little red in places but that was due to the increase in circulation so i wasnt overly worried.
I have to say that after i had taken it off and my pink glow had gone i was very impressed. My skin felt really smooth and my pores were looking much better. And after the second use a couple of days later there was further improvement.
The good thing about this product is that its non-comedogenic, so it wont clog pores or cause blemishes. I know alot of people out there are cautious about using faces mask for this very reason, that includes me. The mask also helps to control spots and blackheads as it tones and tightens the skin.
The Mudd Original Mask is a deep pore cleanser that draws out the hidden oils and grime from everyday life. Its made from 100% pure clay containing special minerals. Its dermatologically tested and Lanolin free.
I still have quite a bit left in my tube and once i start running low i will buy some more as its the best facial mask i've come across so far.
I've been buying Mudd original face mask by Chattem Ltd for 10 years and didn't know what I would do without it, as it really cleaned my skin, exfoliated and got the circulation going. I tried other face masks and none of them were as good as they didn't dry as hard and didn't remove blackheads. People always compliment me on my skin and I know it's down to applying the face mask to clean my skin and then applying a high quality moisturiser after. I have always been glad that it has been sold for so long without changing, but to my horror I bought the mask a few months ago and it seemed a different colour while coming out of the sachet but I thought that the colour wouldn't mean it has changed, so I applied the mask and it didn't dry as hard and didn't get the circulation going. I looked at the ingredients and they are the same as it used to be and as I'm a beauty therapist I guessed that maybe they didn't put as much fullers earth in it as that's the dark clay, but I'm not completly sure why it seems to have changed. I'm just hoping it's temporary and it will go back to how it used to be or I will have to search hard to find another product.
I phoned Chattem UK and asked why it has changed, and she said that the clay they buy from the manufacturers has changed. It doesn't make much sense to me, as Fuller's Earth and Kaolin isn't difficult to buy, so I'm sure they can find the same as they had before.
I have read a lot of very positive reviews about this mud mask so I will presume it is my skin that is the reason for my experience and not the product.
Many people mention the 15ml sachets that you can get for 99p in superdug, but I have serveral 75g tubes in my chest in my bedroom. They originally came in cardboard boxes with the picture of a woman with the mask on her face, but I binned them to save some space ages ago. These definately are the same product though.
The front of the tube is very boring looking really, actually it looks like the most basic design on powerpoint that you could do. It has MUDD vertically up the left side and "original mask" in a grey box at the top.
The instructions for use are to soak your face first with a warm cloth to open pours, then apply the mask, allow 10-15 mins to dry, soften it with a damp cloth and wash off.
The mask is real clay and doesnt look very nice being squeezed out of a tube I can tell you, it has a very plesant fragrance though. It is dark brown/green and feels cool and smooth to touch and therefore very easy to apply in a thick layer on your face
The times ive tried to use it at first it is fine but after a few minutes it is stinging my face so much. I always kinda feel I better stick it out as its only going to be 10 minutes. The mask dries after a few more minutes which feels kinda strange as you cannot move your face much after this happens unless you want to crack the clay and have bits of it come off.
I am always able to stand the stinging on my skin but I just dont like it. I dont generally use a cloth to remove it but just a lot of warm water, it takes I few minutes to remove this way. My skin always feels very clean after use but a little irritated and im definately glad to have taken it off. It says on the tube it is normal to have pink sink from increased circulation but mine is definately more than this.
After a day or two though I end up with more spots than before, I guess this is due to the deep cleansing bringing them to the surface, but together with the stinging of the mask on my face I tend to just use this once, realise why I didnt like it and put the tube back in the drawer. You are advised to use it once or twice a week though.
It seems the clay isnt right for my skin which is a shame seeing as it seems to be great for others.
I first used this facemask years ago, and I have used it every once in a while since then. I quite like to apply a face mask 2 - 3 times a month since I feel it gives my skin a good deep down clean, maybe more so than a normal everyday face wash.
The facemask comes in single sachets 'portions' and is made from 100% pure clay which has special minerals in it. There is a picture of a woman's face on the front of the sachet, though this is half cut off by the edge of the packet. She has half applied the mask to her face and looks very happy! There is 'mudd' written down the side of the sachet in brown writing and 'original mask' written at the top.
I don't find the design of the sachet particularly appealing, it is quite simple but you can tell at a glance what the product is, which I think is important.
The sachet is quite easy to open. It has a little nick in the foil so that you can easily rip the top off and squeeze the facemask out.
The mask isn't actually brown or grey in colour (which is what I was expecting due to the brown on the front of the sachet), but a dark green, almost camouflage colour. You can apply it all over your face, you just have to be careful not to let it get too near your eyes or mouth. There is enough in the sachet to apply a nice, good thick layer and still have some facemask left over.
Once you apply it the instructions are wait for 10 - 15 minutes to allow it to dry, then soften it with a cloth and gently wipe it off.. I usually just hop in the shower though, a lot easier!
As is dries you can feel your face getting tighter. It is not particularly uncomfortable, but you are very aware it is happening and it does feel a bit strange.
My skin does feel a lot cleaner after using the facemask, and it does feel like it has cleansed my face, but I do think that it has dried out my skin a little too much in the process. The mask is designed to absorb excess oil and deeply embedded dirt, so maybe that's why it is so dry but I do need to apply moisturiser after using this, so I don't find it a very moisturising mask.
There is 15ml in the sachet, and I actually find this enough for two uses, I just have to make sure that I seal the sachet well so that the facemask doesn't dry out.
The facemask isn't tested on animals, which is a big plus for me. I do prefer to buy things which have not been tested on animals if I can help it.
I bought my sachet from Superdrug for 99p. I don't think this is too bad considering that you get two uses out of it but I only use it every so often. Maybe two or three times a year. It is not my preferred face mask since it does dry my skin out a little too much, but I do find that it gives my skin a nice good clean.
Deep Cleansing Pure Clay Formula