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.philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask promises to deliver smoother skin, with less visible pores. As someone who tries out skin care for a living, I often notice blackheads and impurities building up in my pores, in a way that even the most diligent scrub brush can’t always eliminate. But the philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask has a few of my favorite ingredients to go deep to eliminate those unsightly blackheads, with kaolin and bentonite, salicylic acid, and deep-penetrating low-molecular weight alcohols. I’m personally a fan.
In a 2-week self-assessment study (i.e., a study conducted by philosophy) on 56 women, ages 20 to 35, 2x per week usage:
– 98% of women agreed skin felt smooth and soft with a fresh look and feel
– 93% of women agreed skin felt deep-cleaned and pores looked unclogged
Kaolin and Bentonite
Kaolin is the clay found in the highest concentration in philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask. Also known as China clay, kaolin s a very effective oil absorber (Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics). While it’s well known for its dirt-pulling properties, it’s considered gentle enough for sensitive skin, and has been shown in studies to be non-irritating (European Kaolin and Plastic Clays Association).
On the other hand, bentonite is a potassium-containing type of clay that comes from the smectite family (FDA). It is natural in that it is formed in the ocean and in volcanoes (Skin Deep). It’s often used for its water absorbing qualities and can be used as a thickening agent (Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology). It’s also used to clarify water and juices, as a water softener, and sometimes as an absorbent clay (called Fuller’s Earth) (Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Edition).
The issue with using clays like kaolin or bentonite in philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask is two-fold: First, they may be too drying for those with dry skin. So if you have clogged pores and dry skin, look elsewhere. Second, paradoxically, these ingredients may be too oil-inducing for those with oily skin. While clays are great for absorbing oil, they can also leave skin parched, and hence trigger more oil production. Sounds like a catch-22, but it’s true. So I advise those with not-very-dry and not-very-oily skin to use this product — not anyone on the extremes.
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that is used to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. According to Dr. Heather Brannon, M.D., a family-practice physician with a specialty in Dermatology, salicylic acid is also reported to improve signs of aging including wrinkling, roughness, and mottled pigmentation of photodamaged skin with at least 6 months of daily application.
According to DermNetNZ, salicylic acid works by softening keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dry scaly skin, increasing cell turnover and effectively renewing the skin. It is often used in acne treatments to cleanse and to prevent clogging of the pores — hence why it’s included in philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask.
When salicylic acid is used in combination with other treatments, it is often to allow the other formulation’s ingredients to penetrate the skin more effectively.
If you’re the type of person who will use a product diligently, day in and day out, then philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask works. Let’s just preface this by saying that. The secret sauce here is diligence, and if you’re willing to use high concentrations of kaolin, bentonite, and salicylic acid 1-2 times a day for 30 days, you will have smaller, less-noticeable pores. No doubt.
However, again, philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask is not a product for anyone with overly dry or overly oily skin. As I said before, it may be too drying for those with dry skin. And, paradoxically, these ingredients may be too oil-inducing for those with oily skin. Clays can leave skin overly parched, and hence trigger more oil production. Sounds like a catch-22, but it’s true. So I advise those with not-very-dry and not-very-oily skin to use this product — not anyone on the extremes.
Ingredients in philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask
Water, Kaolin, Solum Diatomeae/Diatomaceous Earth/Terre De Distomees, Propanediol, Bentonite, Decyl Glucoside, Alchol Denat., Lauryl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Pvp, Xanthan Gum, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Pca, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Linalool, Disodium Edta, Limonene, Laureth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).