Review: Mary Kay Masks


A brief search on the internet will show a variety of opinions about how often you should apply a face mask. But it seems that it’s the quality of the face mask that’s important and not the quantity. We took a closer look at the Mary Kay Masks to see if they provided good quality for money.

Why Do You Need to Use a Face Mask Regularly?

Our environment plays havoc with our skin and air-conditioned homes and offices only increase the likelihood of the skin on your face drying out. We all know that dry skin can be irritating but if not treated properly, it can become painful or infected.

Face masks are another tool in our skin care toolbox and should be treated accordingly. Using a face mask once a week won’t do your skin much good if you’re neglecting it for the rest of the week. A daily skin care routine is essential if you want a blemish-free complexion as you get older.

According to Dr. Neal Schultz, a New York dermatologist and the creator of BeautyRx, our skin provides a natural barrier against the environment which unfortunately means that it also struggles to allow nutrients in. The best face masks contain butylene glycol, which allows the skin to absorb more ingredients.

Dr Schultz recommends you shop around when looking for a face mask and make sure the product you buy contains chemical exfoliants, topical antioxidants, and peptides. Exfoliants such as retinol, lactic, and glycolic help to remove any clogging or dead skin cells that make your skin look discolored and tired.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C protect the skin from free radical damage due to pollution and environmental factors. Vitamin C also increases collagen production which firms the skin and tones down any excess melanin.

Peptides are the final ingredients you need to look for. These help to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid, which evens your skin tone. Most of these ingredients can be found in other skin care products including cleansers and moisturizers.

Can You Believe What the Small Print Says?


There are many different types of face masks on the market with all kinds of weird and wonderful sounding ingredients, but it pays to keep in mind that some of these ingredients only exist in tiny amounts.

Whether or not these ingredients work as they claim, the whole pampering experience of a face mask is often just as valuable as any physical effects on the skin. Our advice is to take any earth-shattering claims with a grain of salt.

Mary Kay Skin Care and Cosmetics


Mary Kay cosmetics was built on the principle that praising people for their work will lead them to work harder and produce better results. The founder, Mary Kay Ash wanted to create a business model that gave women autonomy and freedom.

The founder Mary Kay Ash formed the business on the party plan model and it continues to be used today. However, this doesn’t mean that the company is behind the times. Customers can buy products online if they already have an Independent Beauty Consultant.

The Mary Kay Masks


Mary Kay currently has two masks for sale, the Clear Proof Deep-cleansing Charcoal mask and the TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel mask.

Rated 4.9 out of 5 Stars

Featured ingredients:

  • Activated charcoal – charcoal is fast becoming the most used ingredient in many skin care, cosmetics, and hair products and is even being used in toothpastes. The charcoal in this mask is heated to a point where the charcoal becomes porous. This allows the charcoal to unclog pores and absorb impurities in the skin, up to twice its weight.
  • Kaolin and Bentonite clays – these clays help to absorb excess oils in the face and reduce shine. Changes in seasons and other conditions often make skin oilier and may collect more impurities.
  • Honeysuckle and navy bean extracts – the combination of these two ingredients help to soothe the skin and reduce discoloration.
  • Rosemary and peppermint – ensure the mask has a pleasant scent.

How to use: clean your skin and then apply an even amount of mask all over your face. Wait for 20 minutes before rinsing off. This mask can be applied up to 3 times a week, either all over the face or just on your T-zone which is usually where the skin is its most oily.

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Rated 5 out of 5 Stars

Featured ingredients:

  • Vitamin E – as an antioxidant, vitamin E conditions and soothes your skin. It protects your face from the damaging free radicals in the environment.
  • Acai Berry Extract – also helps to protect the face from free radicals and conditions your skin.
  • Vitamin B3 – also known as Niacinamide, vitamin B3 helps to strengthen the skins natural barrier against the environment.
  • Chestnut seed extract – helps to calm and firm up the skin. It’s also helpful with strengthening the skin’s natural barrier.
  • Squalene - this helps to keep the skin moist which makes it look smooth and soft.
  • Botanical blend – this has been added to provide a pleasant scent and consists of chamomile, rosewood, and lavandin.

How to use: Clean your skin first and then apply a thick, even, layer all over your face. Take note that the mask will not dry out as others do. After 10 minutes, rinse the mas off with a warm, wet, facecloth. The gel mask can be used up to 3 times per week and you can keep it on overnight if you choose.

What Do the Reviews Say About the Clear Proof Deep-cleansing Charcoal Mask?


Mary Kay’s website shows a 4.9-star rating from 206 reviews. Obviously, that figure needs to be taken with a grain of salt as the company who sells a product don’t usually allow negative reviews to stay on their site.

However, once you begin to read through the reviews you can get a general sense of what does and doesn’t work by the comments. The popular view with the Clear Proof Deep-cleansing Charcoal Mask is that it’s not as harsh as many other charcoal masks seem to be.


Many reviewers commented that the mask did not feel uncomfortable on the face, but they could feel it working. The pleasant smell was also a factor for many women, and even one or two men.

The reviewers ranged from people trying a face mask for the first time, so presumably on a younger skin, and other people who stated their ages as “over 50.” According to these reviewers, this is a good product whatever age you or your skin is.

It wasn’t just Mary Kay’s website that had positive reviews. The other reviews sprinkled over the internet also mentioned the lovely smell of the product. This may not seem like an important benefit in a face mask but if you’ve ever smelt some of the older masks on the market you would probably agree that scent is very important.

Reviewers on the Mary Kay site and others were impressed with the quality of this charcoal mask. Most mentioned that you could see the mask working as several little dark spots appeared as it dried. This was the mask drawing out all the impurities from their skin.

One reviewer stated that although she was about to apply moisturizer she didn’t really feel like she needed it after using the mask. It didn’t dry out her skin as most masks do, particularly those that are peeled off rather than rinsed off.

What Do the Reviews Say About the TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask?


On Mary Kay’s website the gel mask gets 5 stars from 18 reviews. Again, these should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, but in general, people like this product. Most of the reviews were from people who had kept the product on their skin overnight and had loved the results in the morning.

Many reviewers stated their skin felt soft and clean after using the gel mask and well moisturized. Interestingly, none of the reviewers mentioned that they felt it drawing out impurities from the skin which was an often-mentioned benefit of the charcoal mask. It may be that the two masks work best on different types of skin or for different purposes.

Reviewers on other websites also liked this product and commented on how soft their skin felt afterwards. As with the charcoal mask, it appears to work well for women of all ages and not just younger skin.

Are Mary Kay Masks Safe to Use with Sensitive Skin?

Mary Kay products are sold through Independent Beauty Consultants and this gives you the opportunity to try out a product before you buy it. Mary Kay state that all their products are suitable for sensitive skin, but as everyone’s skin is different, it’s impossible to state that any product is perfect for everybody.


Once you have connected with a beauty consultant you’re able to buy Mary Kay products online from their website. The website uses a drop-down box system to help you decide which product is best for your skin.


For example, the first drop-down box on the skin care page is titled concern, and you have the option of choosing which problem you are trying to rectify. From there you can move on to the other drop-down boxes called product type, body part target area, and collection.

Other Issues to Consider When Buying Mary Kay Masks


Mary Kay Cosmetics state that they do not test their products on animals but the there is some debate on social media about whether this is true. The company have two manufacturing plants, one in Dallas and another in China. It is still common practice in China to use animals for testing.

We did come across a disgruntled reviewer who was annoyed that Mary Kay had changed their packaging recently. The products are now coming in smaller packages but have retained the original prices.

This is not unusual in the cosmetics industry or in any other industry for that matter. Only you can decide if that is an important factor in choosing who you will buy your face masks from.

The Verdict on Mary Kay Masks


Although Mary Kay have a limited selection of masks to choose from, both of their current products appear to do exactly what they claim to do.

The Clear Proof Deep-cleansing Charcoal mask does draw out impurities in the skin and leave your face feeling clean and refreshed. It is pleasant to use, not harsh on the skin, and washes off easily. It doesn’t peel off as some masks do so you don’t feel that you are pulling at your skin to remove it.

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Both Mary Kay masks are pleasantly scented and reasonably priced as you only need to use a little of the product each time.


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