I was browsing through the Nordstrom’s in downtown Chicago one afternoon, when I stumbled upon the Sabon skincare boutique. After chatting with an assistant I complained to him that my face had been breaking out more often than usual and I wanted to get rid of my acne once and for all. He told me that Sabon’s products were gentle, but effective, and that they’d help him clear his skin up within a month. Since he had great skin I decided to buy a few of the products that he’d suggested from the line, including Sabon’s Mud Face Mask, which contains mud from the Dead Sea, minerals, fruit acids, and alpha hydroxyl acids that remove dead skin cells, grease and oil.
The mud mask is sold in a glass jar and looks very similar to pureed spinach, only it has a much thicker consistency. It’s really not the most attractive beauty treatment I’ve tried, but it has an unexpectedly sweet smelling scent that makes it more pleasant to apply. Yet getting the mask to cover my skin was difficult because it doesn’t spread easily, since it is so thick. It almost felt like I was applying cement to my face, so I’d scoop some of the mask out of the jar, spackle it onto a small area of my face and then repeat the steps over and over until my face was covered. I wound up using a lot of the mask, every time I applied it but I still have plenty left since there’s a lot of product packed into one jar.
As the mask started to dry some of it began to crack and peel off, even though I didn’t move my face at all, and my skin started to feel drier. Once the mask turned a dark green I knew that the mask was completely dry so I rinsed my face off. Surprisingly, it washed off easily, despite its thickness, and my skin felt extremely moisturized even though seconds before it felt stiff and dry. I noticed that the dry flakes of skin that were noticeable on my nose were gone, my pores were smaller on my cheeks, and my skin had a glow to it that lasted for a few days. But, unfortunately my acne wasn’t really affected at all, and breakouts would still occur as they usually did. Yet I did really enjoy how radiant my skin looked after using Sabon’s Mud Face Mask, though I don’t apply it as often as I should to get these results because it’s such a pain to put on.
Sabon’s Mud Mask is one of those take it or leave it beauty products. It isn’t a must have item for me since I’m still fighting acne, but as I get older I probably would buy the mask again. It does work if you’re looking for radiance, or a mask that won’t dry out your skin (though I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with sensitive skin). If you do happen to purchase this product, my tip would be to make sure to tighten the lid on the jar of the mask as tightly as you possibly can so that it doesn’t dry out. You can find this mask at www.sabonnyc.com a jar costs $30.