Monday Masking: Red Algae For Rough Skin

Let’s dissect this Mondays mask, shall we?

This Mondays Mask is the L’Oreal Pure Clay Clesnsing Mask. This mask retails for $12.99 CDN and includes the following ingredients. I’ve included the ingredients main use in bold.



AQUA • KAOLIN (Clay) • GLYCERIN (Moisturizer) • GLYCERYL STEARATE (emulsifying agent) • PROPYLENE GLYCOL (viscosity agent) • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE (silicone based conditioner) • HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE (skin conditioner) • DIMETHICONE (silicone polymer)• PEG-100 STEARATE (cleansing agent) • PRUNUS ARMENIACA SEED POWDER (Apricot kernel powder) • PERLITE (bulking agent)• POLYSORBATE 20 (emulsifier) • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL (humectant) • CARBOMER (viscosity controller) • CI 77491(colour) • CI 77492 (colour) • CI 77499 (colour) • DIMETHICONOL (moisturizer) • LINALOOL (possible human immune system toxicant or allergen) • MONTMORILLONITE (Clay) • MOROCCAN LAVA CLAY (Clay) • PALMARIA PALMATA  EXTRACT (Red Algae, Skin Protector)• PHENOXYETHANOL (preservative, Restricted in Japan) • TOCOPHEROL (Antioxidant – Fragrance, Skin conditioner) • TRIETHANOLAMINE (pH Adjuster, Moderate Overall Hazard) • XANTHAN GUM (Binder) • PARFUM (Deodorant, Known Human Allergen)

Main Ingredient Benefits

Red Algae: Anti Inflammatory properties, helps reduce redness and fine lines. High in vitamins, and very moisture rich, and helps protect skin from pollutants

Moroccan Lava Clay: Mineral Rich clay, hydrates skin, helps with enlarged pores, it also helps build and strengthen elasticity of the skin

Montmorillonite: Astringent properties for problematic skin, great at removing impurities

Kaolin Clay: Natural gentle exfoliator, tones the skin, reduces oil and helps soothe sensitive skin


Loreal Red Clay Mask
Texture of mask


Overall Impressions

You get what you pay for when it comes to this mask. It’s a nice mask, it softens the skin and cleans well. The cleansing power isn’t quite what we’ve seen when compared to other masks but it still helps to draw out impurities. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about when it came to this mask was the smell, it smelled too “parfumy”, the mask has this sort of synthetic fragrance that isn’t unpleasant, just a little too strong.

The spreadability of the mask was nice, it smoothed across the skin easily and adhered well to the skin. When being washed off you could really feel the apricot seed powder in the formula. The small granules weren’t abrasive but just added another texture when being washed off, they really helped to exfoliate the skin.

All in all this mask is a good inexpensive option if you’re looking for something to pamper yourself and aren’t too ingredient focused.


If you’ve tried this mask or any of the other masks in the L’Oreal range we’d love to hear from you!


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