June 14, 2015

Review: Powdered face mask by Zakia's Morocco

Nothing is quite as relaxing as sitting down with your feet up, a glass of your favourite drink and a face full of mud.

Zakia's Morrocan Ghassoul Clay Powder

Facial masks are part of my regular beauty routine (usually done weekly), but since I had to test out a new mask, I did it twice a week. The perfect excuse to take a bit more "me" time.

Up until recently, I've never heard of "ghassoul" (or rhassoul). Ghassoul is a natural mineral clay found in Morocco. Moroccan women have been using this clay for centuries on their face, body and hair. Found in a variety of products sold by Zakia's Morocco, ghassoul has several benefits including softening the skin, tightening pores and dandruff prevention.

Zakia's Morrocan Ghassoul Clay Powder

I mentioned that women use it in their hair, but forgot to say that some use this as a substitute for shampoo. Not my cup of tea, but worth a try for those that go "-poo" free.

I've mixed in a little of the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder by Zakia's Morocco with equal parts shampoo, and didn't notice much difference. You can also mix the powder with a bit of water to create a smooth paste, which can be used as a hair mask or a face mask.

Zakia's Morrocan Ghassoul Clay Powder Mask

As a face mask, the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder applies smoothly with a brush (I like using an old foundation brush) and dries within about 5 minutes. I let it sit for about 10 minutes in total. You can see that it draws out the oils that are on my nose.

Zakia's Morrocan Ghassoul Clay Powder Mask

Once rinsed away with warm water, my face is left feeling a little dry, which is a first for me. After several minutes, moisture seems to go back to how it would normally be after a clay mask, but my skin still didn't feel as baby-smooth. I never noticed any other effects.

While I wouldn't use Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder as part of my regular facial masks, I might use it if I'm feeling a little extra oily in the summer.

*Product was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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