If there’s one skincare product I can’t get enough of it’s a face mask. My collection is getting a little outrageous and in definite need of a declutter. I’m currently trying out a mask which could prove to be my all-time favourite (review coming soon). This is a bold claim I know, but it really is quite fabulous. Unfortunately, the mask in question retails for an eye-watering £38. Don’t worry, today I have something substantially cheaper to share with you! The Derma V10 Clay Masks retail from only £1.99 and are available at Fragrance Direct, Amazon and, surprisingly, The Range…
I was sent three types to try: Brightening, Purifying and Detoxifying. All three masks are clay based and contain 50ml, which Derma V10 claim will last you up to 10 applications. All the masks have the same basic directions for application: apply to cleansed face, leave to dry for 10-15 minutes (or until touch dry) and remove with a wet towel or warm water.
Derma V10 Brightening Clay Mask with Red Algae
‘The red one’ contains five key ingredients: kaolin (a natural clay known to absorb impurities), walnut shell (exfoliates the skin to help promote new skin cell regeneration), red algae (brightens and soothes), vitamin E (improves skin texture) and honey (moisturises and soothes). I found this to be the most disappointing of the three. Instead of brightening and soothing, it made my skin red and blotchy. I was worried that the walnut shell was going to be too abrasive, but this wasn’t the case. In fact, the biggest advantage of using this mask is that my skin felt incredibly soft afterwards. The mask didn’t burn, itch or cause any kind of nasty sensation, my skin just needed a while to calm down after each application which isn’t ideal, perhaps my skin is just a touch too sensitive.
Derma V10 Detoxifying Clay Mask with Charcoal
This was my favourite of the three. Charcoal is an ingredient that does wonders for my combination skin as it helps to remove excess oil and tighten pores. In order for the mask to dry in the recommended 10-15 minutes, you would need to apply a very thin layer. To get the best results I prefer to apply a thick layer which takes about 25 minutes to fully dry. This mask tightens slightly and leaves your skin looking matte and feeling soft. My skin felt squeaky clean afterwards and it didn’t cause any irritation.
Derma V10 Purifying Clay Mask with Eucalyptus
All three masks come with quite a strong clinical scent but the purifying mask has the strongest. I’m not a fan of overly fragranced skincare products, but thankfully it’s not noticeable once applied to your face. This mask is the most gentle out of the three. It feels very cooling and calming once applied and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. This is my husband’s favourite as it soothes any irritation he may have after shaving.
There are many pros and cons to this collection. Personally, I feel my skin benefited most from the Detoxifying mask with charcoal and at only £1.99, I could definitely see myself repurchasing this or adding it to a goody bag for a friend or family member. I’m not a fan of the fragrance of the masks but there’s no denying how unbelievably affordable they are. They would be great for ‘multimasking’, i.e. using each mask on different parts of your face to give a more personalised facial that caters to your skin’s needs. The packaging doesn’t even ‘feel’ cheap either. Each mask comes in a heavy-duty glass jar with a decent amount of product inside. On the surface, this range has remarkable similarities to the L’Oreal Pure Clay collection which retails for over triple the price but, unfortunately, I don’t have enough experience of this collection to declare these as exact dupes.5