L'Oréal Pure Clay Detox Wash

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I recently wrote about the joys of no longer cleansing in the AM, and how it had transformed my skin. Well that was all good and well, until I re-joined the gym. Working out on a regular basis has been incredible for my physical and mental health, but boy has my skin been suffering. I've been waking up every other day to a new blemish and it's been quite distressing I won't lie. I take such good care of my skin; drink tonnes of water and eat quite well so I've been at my wits end trying to find a solution. While I've still not found that magic trick, today I wanted to talk to you about a cleanser that's been helping clear things up. 

For those of you that don't know, L'Oréal have recently extended their Pure Clay skincare line. In addition to the three masks, you can now also purchase corresponding face washes. I'm a big fan of the charcoal mask as it really helped with any spots and clogged pores, so I had to get my hands on the charcoal wash. 

As with the rest of the Pure Clay products, they all contain a combination of Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul (plus another ingredient specific to the products goals). These three clarify, absorb impurities and help to regulate sebum production; things most young skins could probably need a bit of help with. Good bits aside, I will start off by saying that this cleanser would usually be on my avoid list as it contains SLS, something which normally dries my skin out something chronic. On the packaging however, L'Oréal state that this cleansing gel is non-drying and produces only a light foam. If they put it on the packaging it must be true right? No I'm not that stupid. Honestly. Interestingly though, on the ingredients list there are two ingredients ahead of the SLS, one being glycerin which is good for keeping things hydrated. That made me feel a little better at picking it up to try, so is it even any good? 

Actually yes, and the process of using it is something I look forward to each morning. To use, I simple wet my face, massage in a small amount of the gel for 20 seconds or so and rinse. The result is a light foam; clean skin and most importantly not a hint of tightness. I've been using it for a little under three weeks now and it's yet to make my skin flaky and horrible. That being said, I do only use it in the mornings. One thing I will say is that if you're sensitive to fragrance or don't like the smell of the masks, you might want to skip these. The scent is very present and somehow manages to linger for a while on my hands too.

When I first started using this cleanser, I had a tonne of small bumps on my forehead as well as a few more major blemishes on my cheeks. Since adding it to my routine, the forehead bumps are pretty much all gone and the rest of my blemishes have subsided quite nicely. The Pure Clay wash is the only thing I've changed in my routine so I'd like to think it's the ingredients doing their job. Charcoal is known for getting rid of impurities, so by using this in the morning I like to thing it's getting my skin squeaky clean before I get my sweat on again. 

So I guess the take from this is so far so good. I'm really enjoying using it and my skin seems to get on with it too, so I'll be sticking with it for the foreseeable future. Here's to banishing blemishes! In the meantime if you fancy having a look at the range, you can find them here.

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