So this week I had the chance to try a Montagne Jeunesse mask "Clean-Up Mud." This mask is for deep cleansing that has aloe juice for blemish prone skin. Some other ingredients include Mediterranean clay, willow, and witch hazel. When I opened the package, the smell was a bit strong at first (almost medicinal), but it did not bother me when I applied it to my face. I applied an even layer of the mud mask and let it sit for 10-15 min as directed. The mask went on smoothly and did not dry out as I was covering my entire face. I don't usually try masks because in the past they have gotten very itchy as they dry. But I was pleasantly surprised with this mask! Even though it smelled strong it did not irritate my sensitive skin. Instead there was this slight tingly and cooling sensation. After I rinsed off the mask, my skin felt very soft and smooth. It felt refreshed, cleansed, and did not proceed to feel very dry or itchy.
I just used this mask once, but other reviews on Montagne Jeunesse's website attest to the blemish control aspect, saying that after repeated uses they have noticed that it reduces blemishes and oil.
If you're looking to spend a little more on a clay mas, LATHER offers a comparable mask - White Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, a detoxifying facemask for oily or acne-prone skin that can also be used on sensitive skin. This comes in a 4-ounce jar priced at $22.
At $6.95 Montagne Jeunesse Clean-Up Mud is a great price to try a mud mask without spending too much. But if you want to get a quick feel for a clay mask at an even lower price, you can try Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask Avacado & Oatmeal. Although you will get a feel for clay masks, this mask does not work to alleviate blemishes or acne-prone skin.