Worth it? Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask

I’ve used Queen Helene Mint Julep mask on-and-off for over ten years – every time I would change, I’d find myself going back to it. It was reliable, refreshing, and whipped my skin into shape. Aztec Healing Clay is no doubt effective (and I still have a ton!), but it is a labor to remove, and it isn’t convenient to mix or apply – but it’s also pretty intense. It doesn’t really irritate my skin, but it isn’t something I’d do right before going out.

Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask
Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask

I’ve been wanting a gentler approach. I still want clay masks, but I’m longing for the long-discontinued one (got2b Pure Intent kaolin clay mask). I found this Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask at Ulta and gave it a shot. You might have noticed that it wound up in my October 2015 Favorites post last week.

It has a fresh, mild scent that I find non-irritating; it reminds me of a baby product, but I can’t quite pinpoint it. Kind of weird, but not bad or gross. The consistency of the Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask isn’t so thick that it’s like troweling on mortar; it’s actually EASY to apply a thin, even layer. It seems like I need minimal product for full facial coverage, too – so it’s nice knowing the $6 tube will last many months (through the winter at absolute minimum – though I imagine I’ll start alternating with a hydrating mask before long).

Like my other masks, I still apply with the flat foundation brush from my Elite Brush set from Coastal Scents (because I can’t make it work for foundation for me); it goes on smoothly and easily. Because I can achieve a thin layer of product, it dries fairly quickly, about 7-10 minutes in my environment – it’s definitely nice not to have to commit an hour to a treatment. After it dries, I grab a washcloth and remove it gently: first, by pressing the wet cloth to my skin for about ten seconds, and then wiping away.

I’m pleased to report no irritation – no redness, none of that too-tight feeling you sometimes get with clay masks. Just clean, fresh skin. Follow it up with a moisturizer (I’m alternating between Josie Maran Argan Oil and the Alpha Hydrox 10% lotion I’ve mentioned a few times), and you win.

The Bottom Line

If you want a clay mask, get this one. It’s inexpensive and easy to come by. The Queen Helene Mint Julep can be an irritant for some people, and the formula can dry a bit tight before removal.

You can pick up the Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask at drugstores, Ulta, Wal-Mart, drugstore.com, and Amazon.

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