Made with high-quality ingredients
Intensely soothing and nourishing
Gentle and lightweight on the skin
Mara Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque
We put Mara's Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
Ah, masking. It's long been one of my favorite skincare steps. Though I'm a fan of all different masks (think: sheet masks and charcoal masks), clay masks have always been my favorite. My skin feels the most refreshed and rejuvenated after applying a thoughtfully-formulated clay mask to my skin. The latest one to earn a spot in my routine is Mara's new Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque ($54). It's able to detoxify, hydrate, and smooth your skin thanks to a potent cocktail of ingredients like mineral-rich cleansing clays and algae extracts. In other words, it's the ultimate treat for your skin.
"I began formulating this when I was doing a ton of travel," founder Allison McNamara says. "I was always reaching for detox masks for my dull skin but disliked how the ones I found were super drying. The inspiration was to create a luxe, detoxifying masque that had all of the wonderful skin purification, exfoliating and cleansing properties, but without the super dry, tight, and flakey feel that’s commonly associated with clay masks." For the past month, I've looked forward to the nights where I get to slather it on my face. Though I'll be diving into the ins and outs of the product ahead, just know that this mask stands out from the crowd. Keep scrolling for my honest review.
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Detoxifying, hydrating, and soothing the skin
Active ingredients: Mineral-rich cleansing clays, honey, trace minerals, and algae extracts
About the brand: Founded by Allison McNamara, Mara Beauty creates non-toxic, clean, natural algae face oils, face masks, and cleansers.
About My Skin: Dry and sensitive as of late
My skin is perpetually dry and always has been. But lately, it's been more sensitive than usual. I've been experiencing small patches of irritation on a few areas around my face. I've also been having more breakouts than I typically do, which could be attributed to my diet of late. For all of these reasons, the Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque has been a godsend.
The Feel: Smooth and lightweight
Some clay masks can feel heavy and sticky. Then, they dry and leave your face feeling tight. As McNamara mentioned earlier, this one is a far departure from those things. It feels weightless on the skin, and when rinsed off, this mask reveals purified and refreshed skin.
Ingredient Quality / Concentration: A magical blend of skin-loving ingredients
A few dynamic ingredients power this mask. "We landed on this gorgeous formula that has four types of superfine cleansing clays, including Mediterranean Sea Clay, paired with gorgeous hydrators like moringa, honey, and algae, that literally leave you glowing when you rinse off," McNamara says. To expand, this mask is made with two kaolin clays, sea clay, and bentonite clay. Their function is to de-clog pores and improve skin clarity. Honey possesses antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which help banish blemishes. The formula's proprietary algae blend reduces wrinkles and stimulates collagen.
"It also has a special type of volcanic ash that we source from the Jeju Island in South Korea that is loaded with infrared and active enzymes, so it really keeps breakouts at bay," McNamara adds.
The Results: Soothed and satisfied skin
The brand recommends using the mask one to two times per week. Each time, I'd apply a thin layer to my skin, leave it on for fifteen minutes, and then gently rinse it off. Once every stitch of the product was off, I'd take note of how my skin looked and felt. The biggest thing I noticed is how soft and silky-smooth my skin felt. The usual dry patches on my face felt revived, and this boost of hydration lasts long after you rinse the mask off. Additionally, the areas of irritation and sensitivity on my face felt soothed. Needless to say, this product is now a must-have in my routine.
The Value: A high-quality product
Yes, $54 is a bit steep for a face mask. However, the intentionally-crafted formula and proven results make it a worthwhile investment. At this price, you get 1 fluid ounce of product. But you don't need to use a lot to cover your entire face, so this mask should last you a reasonable amount of time.
Similar Products: You have options
Klur Supreme Seed Cacao + Vitamin B5 Delicate Purification Mask: I could sing the praises of Klur all day. The brand's Supreme Seed Cacao + Vitamin B5 Delicate Purification Mask ($60) is one of my go-to clay masks. It's made with a soothing blend of ingredients like kaolin clay, panthenol, calendula, and cacao that calm your skin and improve the appearance of irritation.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask: This mask is made with skin-loving ingredients like Umbrian clay, sandalwood oil, chamomile flower, and lavender water. The Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask ($58) has been praised for its ability to de-clog pores and clarify your skin.
Masking is a form of skincare and self-care for me. Every night, I love taking a moment to unwind and tend to my skin. Mara's Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque has become an integral part of this routine. It's a powerhouse product that intensely hydrates and soothes my skin. I implore you to test it out and experience the magic for yourself.
- Product Name Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque
- Product Brand Mara
- Price $54
- Weight 1 oz.
- Ingredients WATER (AQUA/EAU), KAOLIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BENTONITE, GLYCERIN, CETYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL OLIVATE, PROPANEDIOL, SORBITAN OLIVATE, ALARIA ESCULENTA (WAKAME SEAWEED) EXTRACT, ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS EXTRACT, WITHANIA SOMNIFERA ROOT EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT, VOLCANIC ASH, SEA SALT (MARIS SAL/SEL MARIN), HONEY (MEL/MIEL), MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS (BILBERRY) SEED OIL, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE, XANTHAN GUM, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CITRIC ACID, GLYCERYL UNDECYLENATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, QUARTZ, CI 75810 (CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX), CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID