From what I can remember, as a kid I was never into playing with dirt.
I’ve never liked getting my hands dirty (you should see even now how many times I wash my hands while I’m cooking or how I eat chicken/ribs/shrimps with knife and fork!), so no mud pies for little Carol.
The only type of dirt I would tolerate was (and still is) sand, as I’ve always been massively in love with the beach and everything relating to it.
But growing up I definitely got to appreciate the cosmetic version of mud in the form of clay masks and, more recently, clay cleansers.
These cleansers are an oily-skinned girl’s best friend, as they remove excess oil leaving the skin perfectly clean but not stripped.
I’ve tried three mud cleansers so far and have loved them all. Here’s the lowdown!
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser ($45/£35)
The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser contains French Green clay and Moroccan Rhassoul clay to remove excess oil as well as Vitamin C to brighten the skin, among other ingredients. It has a pretty unusual earthy smell, which kinda put me off the first time I used it, but now it’s grown on me and I quite like it!
Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser ($18/£18)
Besides Diatomaceous Earth clay and Glycolic Acid, Pixi’s Glow Mud Cleanser boosts a mix of nourishing oils and hydrating ingredients, which make it a good option even for the not-so-oily skin types.
Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser ($62/£52)
Similarly to the Pixi, Tata Harper’s Purifying Cleanser not only unclogs pores with different types of clay, but also nourishes the skin with plant oils and gently exfoliates it with fruit enzymes. Besides, it has a very invigorating citrus scent that makes it a real pleasure to use.
I use all these as morning cleansers or, sometimes, for my second cleanse at night, after I’ve taken my makeup off with the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (the best makeup remover of all time and the only one I’ve used for the past four years). Since they all contain beneficial active ingredients, I usually massage them on my wet face for about 30 seconds and then leave them on for 30 more seconds, so that they have a little time to act before being rinsed down the drain.
Honestly, I think the effects of these three cleansers on my oily skin are pretty similar: they all do an amazing job at removing excess sebum without leaving my skin feeling tight or stripped.
So, which one should you choose?
Well, if you’re on a budget, definitely go for the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, which I also recommend if you want to ease your way into the world of acid exfoliants with a pretty gentle product (if you want to know more about exfoliation, check out this very informative video by my friend Anne).
The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser is probably the strongest and less hydrating one, so I recommend it to the oiliest skin types, especially if you like the feeling of deeply cleansed skin (almost as though you had used a mud mask).
Finally, if you like your skincare to give you a whole luxurious sensory experience, you should definitely opt for the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser and its uplifting scent. I promise you’ll rush out of bed every morning, just so you can get it on your face. 😉
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