I have reviewed one other mud mask before. The Sephora Purifying and Mattifying Mud Mask. You can check out the review here. I loved that mud mask so much that I wanted to venture out into other masks. I have to admit, it’s been a while since I have used the Sephora mask because I honestly kept forgetting to buy it. Therefore, I will be comparing the 2 masks throughout this post as is it the only other mud mask I’ve tried.
One day while shopping with my girls at ULTA, I saw the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. They have 2 versions: a peel and one that washes off. I’m afraid of peel masks after I made that milk and gelatin DIY mask (so painful), so I went with the one that you wash off. I was also excited about trying a vegan face mask. My best friend read about it on a blog which said it had good reviews, so I figured I’d try it.
I’ve had the Yes to Tomatoes mask for about a few months now. This mask is typically for acne. Like I’ve mentioned time and time again, I don’t get a lot of acne, but I do always get blackheads and whiteheads. Therefore, I always try acne products to reduce it the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads. I like to use these kinds of masks once a week. Sometimes I slack and will skip a week or two, but I do the best I can to stick a weekly mask regimen.
Let me walk you through how I use it. With everything (literally everything), I always read the directions. Like mosts mask, Yes to Tomatoes also states to put on the mask on a clean face. So of course I wash my face and pat dry. I then take a silicone brush, and squeeze out some of the product onto the brush. I apply it in sections, starting with my right cheek, moving to the left, and finally working my way up the T-zone. I leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off, usually using a wash cloth. Since this mask washes off, you don’t have to worry about getting it in your hair (edges, eyebrows, and any other facial hair you may have).
So let’s start with the good. First off, it’s super easy to take off. You can take it off with a wash cloth, or you can rinse off just using your hands. When I do have the occasional acne, and I use this mask, it does greatly reduce the size and redness of the blemish. That’s really impressive for me. I like that I can turn to this product when I have raging pimples to soothe them. This is much like the Sephora mask.
Now on to the bad. Like the Sephora mask, the Yes to Tomatoes mask does burn a bit in my problem areas, mostly on the apples of my cheeks where my pores are biggest. However, there are times when I can’t take the burning, so I immediately remove it. The burning is most intense when I’ve had a very active day (like an intense workout), and I’ve sweated a lot. I never had this issue with my Sephora mask.
My favorite time to use these types of masks is when I’ve had very long and active day, and I feel like I really need to cleanse my pores. With the intense burning on those days, I can’t use the Yes to Tomatoes mask when I’ve had an active day. The burning is so bad, it’s painful. Therefore, I can only use it on days in which I knew I wasn’t active and didn’t sweat a lot. This a con for me.
Another con for me, is that aside from when I have an actual breakout, I don’t see a significant difference in my skin. I do see my pores slightly smaller after use, but I don’t see a long term difference. Comparing to my Sephora mask again, I would see a long term difference, even when I skipped a week or two of use. Not to also mention the fact that it was straight up taking out my blackheads when I would use a wash cloth. The Yes to Tomatoes isn’t really doing it for me.
Overall, I would not purchase the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask again. For me, the cons outweigh the pros. I like a mask where I can see a significant difference in my skin, even when I skip uses. Most masks that I use, I see a difference, even in a basic sheet mask. This Yes to Tomatoes mask just didn’t do if for me.
Have you tried the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask? What was your experience like? What’s your favorite mud mask or mask in general? Let me know in the comments below. Make sure to follow/ subscribe to my blog to get notifications of every new post. Also connect with me on Twitter and Instagram.