Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask Review

The YS Beauty Lab

For years, my beauty routine has been the trusted cleanse-tone-moisturize method. It has worked well for me, and I add additional steps when necessary, such as when I get a zit or my eyes are extra puffy. So until recently, masks (sheets and spreadable ones) were unchartered territory for me. Having something as dense as mayonnaise slathered on my face for 20 minutes didn’t sound like my idea of fun.

That is, until I discovered Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, this month’s Beauty Lab featured product.

Fantastically Volcanic
One of YesStyle’s bestselling beauty brands, Innisfree prides itself on making eco-friendly skincare and makeup products using only natural ingredients as well as recycled and recyclable packaging. This fact helped to persuade me to try Innisfree products. I believe that any brand that tries to be ethically and ecologically responsible for what they produce is always worth supporting.

Despite its name, you don’t have to worry about your skin erupting when you apply this mask or torture yourself with visions of molten lava flowing down your cheeks. Simply put, this clay mask uses volcanic clusters that are formed from hardened lava found on Jeju Island in South Korea, according to the Innisfree website. These clusters are multiporous and supposedly have the natural capacity to absorb and detoxify harmful elements, just like charcoal. In this case, the “scoria” indicated on the label is actually the volcanic rock.

The Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask uses a “7-free formula:”

  • Free from artificial fragrances
  • Free from artificial pigments
  • Free from parabens
  • Free from benzophenone
  • Free from ethanol
  • Free from animal ingredients
  • Free from mineral oil

Retailing for a very pocket-friendly price of US$28.00 for 100ml, the jar looks deceptively small but the contents can last you a good few months, as I discovered.

Trying it out
Secured with a clear plastic sealed top and screw-top lid, the jar is filled to the brim with clay. Since there is no spatula or applicator, you have to use your fingers to apply it. I always make sure to wash my hands before application to avoid contaminating any of my skincare products.

Since this was my first time using a clay mask, I decided to find out if it’s easier to apply on damp (not wet) skin rather than dry skin. Using a cotton pad, I spread a light film of water all over my face and then applied the clay mask. There was no clumping or dripping whatsoever, and of course, I avoided putting any around my eyes. I made sure to cover my trouble spots with the clay to test whether the volcanic magic would work on those. However, the overall feeling was more brittle when applied to dry skin. A little smile and it felt like the corners of my mouth were cracking. Plus the texture was flakier, as I discovered after some residue landed on my T-shirt.

The instructions say to leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. But with my trouble spots, I decided to extend that to 30 minutes since it didn’t feel heavy on my face (as long as I didn’t smile that much).

The Verdict
I made sure to thoroughly rinse the mask off with lukewarm water and to wipe off any residue around my hairline with a damp cotton pad.

My face felt a little tighter and less oily (note that I applied this product before washing my face). As for my trouble spots, I didn’t expect a miracle to happen in 30 minutes. So for good measure, I dabbed a bit of the clay mask on those areas before going to bed.

I’ve done this two to three times per week for about a month now, and I do see visible results. My skin isn’t as oily as before, and regular application didn’t cause any dryness either. Applying the mask on the blemishes and leaving it on overnight helped to dry out those troubled spots faster. Another option is to apply the clay mask just on your nose to help lessen those pesky blackheads and whiteheads.

To summarize, here are the pros and cons of the Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask based on my experience:

The Good The Bad
  • Uses natural ingredients
  • Uses recycled and recyclable packaging
  • Doesn’t dry out skin so you can add it to your regular beauty regimen
  • Helps to dry up blemishes faster so there’s some visible improvement the next day
  • Applies easily and evenly
  • Not messy
  • No smell
  • No allergic reactions (for me, at least)
  • Affordable
  • Lasts for a few months
  • Works well with other skincare products (but always best to do a 24-hour skin patch test)
  • Needs a thorough rinsing with water to remove it all
  • No spatula or applicator included so you have to use your fingers
  • Won’t thoroughly remove all blackheads or whiteheads by itself so best to use with other skincare products for optimum results
  • Doesn’t adhere well if used on dry (not damp) skin

The YesStyle Beauty Lab Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★