Do you remember the first time you traveled without your parents? For me, that happened on a school trip when I was about 16 years old. We went to Israel.
Despite doing what a bunch of 16 year olds do when they spend three weeks together, we managed to get some cultural highlights in as well. Staying in a Kibbuz for a few days, visiting heritage sites, going to the desert and of course, swimming in the Dead Sea.
We had all looked forward to floating in the sea, but to be honest, the whole floating thing wasn’t as great as I had thought it would be.
It was something else that remained more memorable: My first ever mud treatment! It was more of a slather yourself in mud and take pictures posing in a bikini thing than a treatment, of course, but my skin felt so soft and cleansed afterwards I was unable to forget.
Mud or clay masks have accompanied me ever since, working miracles on my acne-prone skin, and while I usually stick to drugstore versions (clay is a cheap ingredient after all), I recently caved and got a pot of Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask .
What Omorovicza claims:
Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask uses Hungary’s famous healing waters and mineral infused muds from the thermal Lake Héviz to create a wonderfully effective skin purifier. After just one use your complexion will be more even and matte. Plus, the Omorovicza patented delivery system, the Hydro Mineral Transference™, anchors the minerals and trace elements in Hungarian healing waters, improving their delivery while revitalising skin.
Packaging and price
Housed in a glass pot, the full size contains 50 ml and is available for 75 € at Cult Beauty here.
I had a sample pot containing 15 ml that lasted me for around three months, used as spot treatment or as mask on problem areas, never the whole face.
Due to hygienic reasons the jar packaging isn’t my favorite.
Texture and smell
The smell is fresh, a little herbal, and the texture is surprisingly smooth. After application, the mask does dry down a little, but never gets as tight and uncomfortable as other purifying masks do.
I get a lot of hormonal, deep set cystic spots, especially throughout pregnancy. Sometimes they don’t come to the surface for days, looking angry and red and hurting when I move my face. Nothing can clear them overnight, but I felt like this mask made them go down faster.
Used all over my problem areas (chin, cheeks, jawline and nose), it helped clear smaller blemished and blackheads without leaving my skin dehydrated or irritated, which a lot of clay masks can do.
- Kaolin: Clay, purifying, anti-acneic
- Glycerin: Moisturizing
- Silt: (Hungarian) Mud, puifying, rich in minerals
- Zinc Oxide: Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial
- Acerola Fruit Extract: Anti-oxidant, rich in Vitamin C
- Yeast Extract: Firming, anti-oxidant
- Hydrolyzed Soy Protein: Moisture retention
- Tocopherol: Vitamin E, anti-oxidant
- Rosa Damascena Flower Oil: Skin toning, improves skin texture
- Orange Peel Oil: Rich in Vitamin C, brightening, anti-acneic
- Perfume (natural fragrance, way down the ingredient list)
Does it live up to its claims?
It is a wonderfully effective skin purifier and contains a lot of minerals and antioxidants as well.
I don’t know about the Oil-control and mattifying part though, as this isn’t really an issue for me.
Will I rebuy?
I am on the fence.
The product itself is really great, I like the effect on my skin and the fact that it isn’t drying at all. But the price? I do splurge on my skin care, but Kaolin is such a cheap (and effective) ingredient, so I am not sure if I can justify paying that much money for it. Special thermal healing water just doesn’t convince me, I guess.
Who do I recommend it to?
If you struggle with cystic spots that just won’t come to head, that one will work great.
If you want an effective purifying treatment on very dehydrated skin, this might be perfect.
But if you are on a budget, check your local drugstore for a clay mask. There are great ones out there.
Have you ever been to the Dead Sea?
And when was the first time you covered yourself in mud?
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