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I've Got 99 Problems (And They're All Skin Related)

My skin has been going through another one of its rough patches, the sort where not even the best foundation routine can cover up the pumps and redness. It has been like this for about a week now and I'm sick of acne ruining my life! That's a little extreme, I will admit, but I feel like I'm just going through endless cycles of having skin nice enough to wear without foundation, skin where a little bit of foundation goes a long way, to skin where there is an archipelago of pimples that will not be silenced. All this week I've been trying different think to keep my skin under control. Thorough face-washing, toning, trying to take my makeup off as soon as I can, and even resorting to a legitimate face mask.

I received my Instanatural Dead Sea Mud Mask on Monday afternoon and I assumed it was the skincare gods trying to send me a sign like "ooh child, things are gonna get easier // ooh child, things'll get brighter." 

The Dead Sea Mud Mask is supposed to be an "all-natural detoxifier and purifier." The mask is supposed to absorb excess oils, dirt, and toxins from your skin and can expunge acne, pimples, and blackheads.

The mask itself looks exactly like you would expect it to look. It's a thick charcoal gray paste, but it's scentless, which is nice for a face product. It comes in a large 16 ounce tub with instructions for how to use it on the label (as well as ingredients, if you like to know these kinds of things!).

Following the instructions, I put a thin layer of this all over my face after my shower (so I had a clean, towel-dried face) and let it dry for about 10-15 minutes (I was jamming out to Taylor Swift, so I think I left it on through "Blank Space," "Style," and "Out of the Woods"). When I was done lip-syncing my heart out to "Out of the Woods" time was up, I took a damp washcloth and rubbed the mask off in little circles, as to not irritate my skin. After I washed off the remnants of the mask, I tried to examine my face for any sort of "miracle." It did feel soft and very clean and I definitely did have to reapply powder or blot oil off of my face throughout most of the week, but it wasn't this ground-breaking face product discovery.

I think I was expecting a miracle with this product like I did with Instanatural's Argan Oil Hair Mask (which I still swear by because it is incredible), but my skin is some tricky, tricky business. However, the mask recommended to only use it once a week and I wasn't about to break the rules of a face mask that could potentially dry out my skin. Maybe I just need to give it another shot! So for now, I'm going to say that it didn't necessarily do anything great for my skin (though it did feel incredibly smooth for about a day afterwards before all hell continued to break loose on my face), but it didn't do anything horrible. I didn't have a reaction, as the acne was there before I used it!

An updated post about my feelings about this face mask will come soon, hopefully in a Things I'm Loving post, right? The one thing I do love about this mask though is the fact that it is the perfect mask for all of those "girls nights" or those nights where you just stay in and binge watch Scandal (I started season four last night!!!). And for that, I love it and will continue to use the mask until the tub is empty. I have high hopes for it the more I use it, especially when my skin isn't having a tantrum and can actually appreciate the things I'm doing for it!

What's your favorite face mask?

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