My wedding is two weeks away and all the last minute tasks are upon us. These tasks include all things grooming. Haircuts, manis, pedis, waxes, teeth whitening, facials, spray tans, the options are endless. So, when my friend Nancy suggested I try out the latest internet craze, a carbonated bubble clay mask, I said sure, why not. She promised it would make me look like an elephant within 3-5 minutes. Forget what it might do for my skin. Consider me interested.
This Korean bubble mask (because all good skin care products come from Korea) has infiltrated Instagram and beauty blogs as of late, and it didn’t take me long to find the Internet’s favorite brand; Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. $9 later, it was on its way. While I waited for Bezos’ drone to deliver my face mask, I did a little research.
These masks are designed to shrink pores. The ingredient list includes charcoal powder, green tea, pomegranate extracts, and the starlet of the day, collagen. While the mask starts as a clay paste, once it’s on your skin the carbonation in the mask causes the paste to froth up as it oxidizes. Advocates say the bubbles help exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog and tighten pores. When you keep your pores clean, they’re less likely to inflame, which means less pimples and blackheads. The mask is also gentler than typical exfoliators, and is cleansing by nature so it can be used to remove makeup. 3-5 minutes to me is a long time to spend just removing makeup every night (the first step in my short routine), but to each their own.
Bezos followed through, and I received the product. I opened the container, and found a grey, clay paste that smelled pretty good. The instructions were in Korean so I had to google translate them. Basically the translation was put it on, wait 3-5 minutes, rinse it off. Oh, and keep away from your eyes. So, I slopped it on my face (very liberally), and waited. I immediately heard the sound of the carbonation. It sounded like little pop rocks, and felt a little tingly. The mask definitely started to foam, and kept foaming. It wasn’t as much as I expected, but it definitely foamed. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed I didn’t look more like an Elephant, but I still got a kick out of it. My google translator told me to gently wipe of the clay mask. Gentle is not the word I would use to describe the scrubbing I had to do to get this off my face. That took another 3-5 minutes for sure.
5 minutes later....
Afterward my face felt pretty clean, but maybe a little dry. I sloshed on a few layers of moisturizer and called it a night. I don’t see myself making this part of my daily routine, but I might sprinkle it in here and there, especially for a girls night. Also, it was totally worth the $9 for how much I laughed at myself during the process.