Alright, perhaps a little explanation is in order. I like clay masks. I also like masks that do weird things like peel, foam, bubble, etc. Now give me a clay mask that does weird things and I. Am. Sold. I've been wanting to try Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (whew, that's a mouthful) for quite some time - a year, perhaps - but it was always sold out on Memebox and I was too
busy lazy to look elsewhere. Of course oblivious me had no idea it was one of Memebox's bestsellers so (DUH!) that's why it was always out of stock. I just thought they stopped carrying it and I gave up on ever getting my hands on the bubbly goodness.
Then look what shows up at my door. Good golly the pigs must be a-flyin'. And look, they are wearing clay masks, too!
CO₂ + H₂O ↔ H₂CO₃
Bam! That's how. Quick explanation: the "carbonation" mentioned in the name refers to carbon dioxide (CO₂) in water. The CO₂-water solution exists in a happy equilibrium with carbonic acid (H₂CO₃), which *gasp* is written right there on the container as well! When the solution is exposed to the air, there's no longer any pressure to keep CO₂ in solution so the molecules along the surface go into the air and manifest as bubbles, much like the fun fizzies in your soda. The bubbles stimulate skin to slough off dead cells resulting in a brightened complexion.Once that dead skin is outta there and no longer blocking up pores, the activated carbon can do its job which is to act like a sponge (or magnet if you will) to attract and absorb skin impurities such as makeup or dirt from deep within pores. The result? A clean glowing face!
Now that I've geeked out on you, you might be sick of CO₂ already and want to know what else is in this mask. Luckily Memebox compiled a list of the key ingredients:
green tea extract, aloe vera leaf extract, matcha powder, charcoal powder, pomegranate extract, fermented soy extract, alantoin, peony root extract, oregano leaf extract, white willow peel extract, portulaca extract, cinnamon extractThis isn't a complete list and it makes me wonder just how many things are left off of here, but based on what's given there's a lot of organic extracts. Green tea is good for oily skin, aloe vera for acne prone skin, so I think this mask would be great for oily or combination skin types.
Like so many other Korean mask packs, this one comes with a spatula so you don't contaminate the rest of the contents while scooping it out. If you've never played with clay before, this is your chance. The consistency reminded me of clay or a cement mixture. Kind of gray, kind of chalky.
|Look at the bubblies after just several seconds!|
Sadly, the box had no English instructions this time around but I did find some on Memebox's product page! Here they are (fyi this mask is intended for use on an uncleansed face):
Time to try it on yours truly! I didn't do a good job of covering my face because this thing started to bubble up fast and I wanted to snap a photo before it was too late:
|Time lapse of Elizavecca carbonated clay mask|
After the five minutes are up you just massage the mask into your face a bit then rinse off with warm water. It does leave a layer of residue as shown below, so you have to apply a bit of pressure while rinsing to get it all off.
I forgot to take a before/after photo for comparison, but my skin did feel firmer afterwards. I didn't notice any difference in blackheads or clogged pores, but I suppose that's something you'll notice over several uses. Would I recommend it? Of course. It doesn't take much of your time and it's TONS of fun!
Note: I received Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask from Memebox for review purposes. I did not pay for these items, but I can assure you these are my honest opinions :)