"The Renewal Mask is a wonderful detoxifying mask formulated with moroccan rhassoul and kaolin clay. Rhassoul clay contains high levels of silica, potassium and calcium, and kaolin clay helps stimulate circulation while gently cleansing the skin. We also added rosehip extract, green tea, and lemon peel for the extra boost in bringing your skin back to new."
As I see it, while the Renewal Mask certainly falls under the clay mask heading, it's a souped up version of your traditional clay mask. Two kinds of clay gently but effectively pull all the dirt and gunk out of your pores, while you're simultaneously benefiting from the addition of several other, nourishing ingredients.
Rosehip extract is highly anti-inflammatory and full of Vitamin C, leaving your skin soothed and bright.
Green tea extract is packed with Vitamin E and other antioxidants and is a fantastic anti-aging ingredient.
Lemon peel contains Vitamin C and natural AHA's that exfoliate, tone, and brighten.
The combination of the two clays and these three power ingredients leaves the skin feeling clean and detoxified, but also plump and radiant. I've definitely noticed an added brightness to my skin following a treatment with this mask.
I also love the versatility of dry powder masks, since they're so simple to customize to suit your individual skin needs. My favorite mixing combination for the Renewal Mask has been water with just a few drops of jojoba oil. The jojoba oil prevents the mask from drying quite as solidly - making it that little bit more gentle - which is something my skin has appreciated this winter. Blue Orchid Botanicals also suggests mixing it with aloe vera, yogurt, or avocado, which all sound like great options as well.
The Bottom Line
Blue Orchid Botanicals' Renewal Mask is a great mask to have in your arsenal! Clay masks are some of my favorites and this one does a great job deep cleaning the pores without ever feeling overly harsh or stripping. The added benefits from the rosehip, green tea, and lemon peel are fantastic and my skin is noticeably brighter and more luminous after using this product.
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