Budget Beauty: Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA Soothing Chamomile Spa Facial Mud Mask

This mask stays on your skin for two minutes.  Two minutes, that’s it.
I needed to open with that because I love love love using this Soothing Chamomile Mud Mask before work!  I’m still so shocked that I have the ability to use a face mask before work…can you tell I’m overjoyed by this?!

Let me take a second to actually introduce this wonderful product, the Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA Soothing Chamomile Spa Facial Mud Mask is a deep cleaning mud mask that sits on the skin for about 2 minutes.  The main ingredients of chamomile, Dead Sea mud, and a variety of natural extracts work together to unclog pores and purify the skin,
As you can tell from the beginning of this post, I love using this once a week before work.  Usually by Wednesday I need a pick me up, and this quickie mask delivers on that feel good vibe I need by the middle of the week.  Or, if I have a long night out for an event and I’m worried about oil control, I’ll use this mask as a primer before the primer to help keep my skin and makeup look refreshed and clean.
Since mud masks essentially draw out and absorb excess oil from the skin it is best for oily or combination skin types, although you might want to only apply this mask to the oily areas of your face if you have combination skin.  Also, if you’re like me and only suffer from acne once a month, the Soothing Chamomile Spa Facial Mud Mask is a great option for calming breakouts and reducing redness. 
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Ahava Purifying Mud Mask

In my April Birchbox I received this little gem of a face mask, Ahava Purifying Mud Mask.  I’m currently doing a full body detox [more on that next week] so I figured on Sunday morning, why not detox my face too?  It just seemed to fit.
Ahava describes itself as the Dead Sea cosmetic brand.  The brand uses ingredients such as dead sea mud, date extract, vitamin C, raspberry root extract, witch hazel, Shea butter, and Icelandic moss to create its line of natural products.  The main ingredient, however, is their Osmoter, the brand’s own dead sea mineral concentrate.  What is Osmoter, you may ask?  Well… 

Given my preferences on Birchbox I was given Ahava’s Purifying Mud Mask which is perfect for the combination/ oily skin out there.  It says to leave on the product for two minutes, but I had mine on for about 10.  One thing I really loved about this mud mask was that I never got thatoh, I can’t move my face’ feeling [because of the added jojoba]…which is so common with all mud face masks!  It just makes the experience of giving yourself a face mask more enjoyable…in my opinion. 

My skin wasn’t irritated by the mask at all, but I must say that by the afternoon it definitely had brought impurities to the surface, which I didn’t mind because I knew I’d be rid of any little flare ups by the next day, but some people may not like…even though it’s a positive sign of the product working!

Anyway, it’s suggested to use this product twice a week, which I think I’ll start doing, so I can see maximum benefits.  Added bonus: the mask works well as an overnight spot treatment as well. 
Sooooo, in conclusion, I will certainly be buying the full size Purifying Mud Mask, it’ll be a good thing to mix up my face mask routine for the summer! xo