Hi guys! Today I’m going to be talking about Elizabecca’s Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. A few years ago, this product was super trendy because of the really interesting visual of a face full of bubbles, but today I’m going to be talking about the effectiveness of this really unique mask. Let’s get to it!
On Yesstyle they claim that
“Creamy clay mask clears excess sebum and trapped dirt from pores for improved skin clarity. Thousands of tiny bubbles dive deep into pores for a thorough clean. Clarifying clay tightens and tones, drying out blemishes and preventing future ones from taking root.”
In essence, we’re looking at a mask that claims to remove excess sebum (as all clay masks do) and clear pores with bubbles. While I don’t know how bubbles will clear pores, I do know that clay masks are a great way to do so.
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Kaolin, Acrylates Copolymer , Disodium cocoamphodiacetate, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether , Sodium laureth sulfate, Lauramide DEA, TEA-Cocoyl Glutamate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Dipropylene glycol , Bentonite, Collagen, Charcoal Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Carbonated Water, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Monarda didyma leaf extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Freesia refracta extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Immediately after water, the second ingredient is Cocamidopropyl Betaine, which is an ingredient that is often used in cleansers to increase the foam produced when combined with water, so mystery of the creation of bubbles is solved! Next we have Kaolin, an ingredient commonly used in clay masks that works to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris from the skin’s surface, while clearing acne by wiping away excess sebum. The next ingredient, Acrylates Copolymer, has been highly researched and has been shown to be non-irritating and is used as a texture enhancer or a binder. It’s close cousin, monomers, does cause skin irritation. Disodium cocoamphodiacetate is made from coconuts and is both a skin conditioner and a foaming agent.
Per usual I’m not going to explain every ingredient’s purpose, but I will scan the list for any harmful ingredients or any really interesting ingredients. One in particular pops out to me: Sodium laureth sulfate (supposed to be sodium lauryl sulfate). Sodium lauryl sulfate is composed of non-volatile alcohols and functions as a surfactant(something that lowers the surface tension of a liquid) or as an emulsifier. In amounts of 2% to 5% it can cause sensitivity problems for many people. Although it’s not a great ingredient, it’s not harmful. On a happier note, this mask contains green leaf extract, which is famous for it’s help in clearing acne. In general, this ingredient list isn’t great, but it isn’t terrible.
Amazon: $7.99 (Free shipping on orders over US $25)
Yesstyle: $10.88 (Free shipping on orders over US $35)
Walmart: $5.59 (Free shipping on orders US $35)
To be blunt, this mask didn’t really do it for me. The starting texture was nice: super viscous and mildly cooling. It also didn’t take long to “bubble”, only like five minutes. It only foamed up aggressively when I put on the right amount (ie. not too thin of a layer and not too thick of a layer), but I didn’t find that the foam did anything for my skin. If anything, it just tickled. At first, I thought it was really uncomfortable, but after a few uses I became accustomed to it. I did hear that some people found it to be unbearable uncomfortable, as I would describe the sensation to be like a moderately intense prickling. As a mud mask, I felt as though it was pretty average. However, because of the bubbles, the mask never really dries, so it doesn’t have a pore tightening effect. I also didn’t notice any exfoliating or clearing effects, which was pretty disappointing. The only positive effect I saw from this was the increase in moisture and the removal of sebum, which shows that this masks did balance the sebum production level for at least a few hours. Although, I think it is important to keep in mind that this is a pretty budget friendly clay mask that is more of a gimmick than a holy grail item. If you are sensitive to fragrance, this product is pretty scented and smells like soap, which I thought was fine, but some people might not enjoy it.
Pros and Cons:
- Budget friendly
- Fun (A possible mask to do with your friends)
- Contains sodium lauryl sulfate
- Bubbles prevent mask from drying and tightening pores
- Some people found the sensation to be unpleasant
Who Should Use:
I wouldn’t advise people with sensitive skin to use this, but if your skin doesn’t usually react to anything, this could be a fun product to use with your friends.
I don’t love it. Especially after finding out about the sodium lauryl sulfate. I will still continue to use it, but if you are looking for a mud mask, I would recommend the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay as a budget friendly option or the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment as a more luxury option. If you are looking for something more gentle, I would go for the New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask on Amazon. There are lots of great budget friendly mud masks other than this bubbly fun one.
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