Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

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I have never been a fan of face masques because - well - none of them have worked. I've tried both drugstore & high-end brands & they all seem to do the same thing; dry you out, irritate the skin, or break you out even worse than before. I have found that keeping a good skin-care regimen on a daily basis is the best for healthy looking skin. By no means do I have the best skin, but it has improved over the last few months by changing everything to Kiehl's ( you can read about my daily skin care regimen here). 

Upon changing my products to Kiehl's, I did a lot of research both on-line & in-store. Still very skeptical about face masques, I decided to give the 'Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque' a try. And boy am I glad I did! It is by far, the best face masque I have ever purchase & used. The 'Rare Earth' collection contains Amazonian White Clay & is formulated to purify the skin & minimizing your pores. Clean unclogged pores are smaller pores & this is what this product accomplishes. So, here's how I use it...

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Kiehl's recommends that you apply a thin layer to damp, clean skin, avoiding the immediate eye area & allowing to dry (approximately ten minutes). Once dry, gently remove using a warm, wet towel & gently pat dry. I would recommend you follow their instructions until you find what works best for you. With that said, I have found that applying this masque immediately following a clean shave (usually once or twice a week) has worked best for me. I've noticed when my skin is clean & pores we wide open, the masque has the ability to give my face a deep cleanse, pulling out all dirt & toxins. When applying, a foundation brush works much better than your fingertips (I use an inexpensive drugstore one). I also leave it on much longer than ten minutes, usually 30-45 minutes depending on my schedule.

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The masque tingles, leaving your face tight as it starts to dry. When it comes to removing, I avoid using a wet towel as it could be too rough on your skin. I like to take a small amount of my face wash to dampen the skin & gently exfoliate using a speed brush, removing with my fingertips & warm water. Once completely removed, follow up with your favorite skin care regimen & you will notice that your skin is soft, fresh, & your pores are visibly smaller. Who doesn't want that!

Kiehl's Rare Earth Masque, $24 at kiehls.com.