When beauty brand Sand & Sky released their Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask in 2018, it had a staggering 12,000 person waitlist. The combination of clean ingredients and very cute packaging must have had a huge impact on potential buyers. And it had an effect for me, too, almost three years later. While demand for this clay mask remains high amongst skin care aficionados, I managed to try it for myself and was very pleased with the results and the process.
Right now, you can score a travel-size version of the mask for 50% off during Ulta's month-long Love Your Skin Event. For today only, the retailer is slashing the price down to just $12.50 — so we suggest scooping up this bestselling beauty staple before it's gone.
What to know about clay masks before using
Clay masks are a great tool in your skin care arsenal if you’re looking for a more refined appearance of pores, reduced oil and brightened skin. The clay acts like a vacuum, sucking out oil and bacteria from pores. While that might be amazing if your skin is overproducing oil, many clay masks can also be incredibly drying for those with sensitive skin. I have experienced similar products that do almost too good of a job, and then my face is left feeling like a desert.
It's great for full face and spot treatments
Instead of containing sulfur, a pungent element prevalent in most other clay masks, Sand & Sky's is made of Australian pink clay. Its texture is very light, which makes washing it off a breeze. The mask also comes with a small brush for easy, seamless application. I only need a small amount of product to cover my face, and it dries on my skin pretty quickly. (If you're dealing with a breakout on a specific area of your face, it's also great for spur-of-the-moment spot treatments.) After just 10 minutes, my skin feels tight, but not overly so, with smaller-looking pores to boot.
I love the ingredient list
With an average 4.7-star rating on Sand & Sky's product page and over 4,300 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, beauty mavens can't get enough of this Australian pink clay mask. Many of these reviews praise the natural ingredients its comprised of. Kelp and witch hazel help soothe irritation and speed up the skin care process after treatments, while antioxidant- and vitamin-rich ingredients like mangosteen, kakadu plum and pomegranate work to brighten and even your complexion in minutes. I also appreciate that the cruelty-free brand doesn't include parabens, sulfates, phthalates, PEGs, silicones or gluten.
It's well worth the splurge (but it's currently on sale!)
I’d especially recommend this mask to those who suffer from occasional acne or anyone with oily to combination skin. While the winter air can make your skin feel dryer than usual, using a hydrating moisturizer afterwards can help. (Plus, its baby pink color makes this a cute gift if you're getting some early shopping done for your skin care-loving valentine — or yourself.)
While the Australian pink clay mask normally costs a little under $40, it's definitely a steep price tag for most. (But for today only, you can shop the travel-size version for half off — making it less than $13!) However, with the small amount you use per treatment and the high-quality ingredients it contains, it's worth trying out. Plus, what's wrong with treating yourself to splurge-worthy self-care?
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This article was originally published on Feb. 2, 2021.