Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack

the claim

The Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack claims to be a wash-off clay pack with antioxidant-rich matcha to purify and detoxify dull skin. It is also said to help tighten enlarged pores as it dries, revitalising and enhancing skin smoothness.
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack
 

the science

Clay is great for acne control and this clay pack includes four varieties, namely, Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Green Clay and Bentonite. Together they deliver a super detoxifying effect with their ability to absorb excess sebum and draw out impurities from the skin for clean pores with a reduced appearance and a mattifying effect. A high content of silica helps to remove dead skin and regenerate new cells without over-drying.

Matcha is a potent form of green tea, packed with a high concentration of EGCG, Epigallocatechin Gallate, a revered catechin and one of the strongest and most beneficial antioxidants. It fights free radicals which damage cells as well as displaying good anti-inflammatory properties for calm, healthy skin. This mask contains 35,000ppm premium Matcha from Jeju Island.

There are several essential oils present in the mask which also help to cleanse the skin and rid it of acne. As well as being fragrant, Bergamot, Lavender, Rosemary, Cedarwood and Peppermint Oils contribute antiseptic, toning and cleansing properties.

Chromium Oxide Greens are added to produce the lovely green pigment of the final product. Minimising the drying effect of the mask are moisturising ingredients including Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea and Cellulose while remaining ingredients address product preservation.
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack
 

the ingredients

Water, Kaolin, Dipropylene Glycol, Bentonite, Camellia Sinensis (Matcha) Leaf Extract, Betaine, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Juniperus Mexicana (Cedarwood) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Illite (Green Clay), Hydroxyethyl Urea, Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Chromium Oxide Greens, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyacetophenone, Ethylhexylglycerin
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack Ingredients
 

the packaging

The Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack is presented in an opaque plastic tub with protective inner cap and screw top lid. There is also a plastic spatula included for clean dispensing.
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack Packaging
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack Packaging
 

the analysis

Favourable assessments are returned by both the CosDNA and EWG databases, rating the mask a low hazard without warning flags.
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack CosDNA Analysis
 

the application

Gently apply an appropriate amount on face. Wash off with warm water after 10 minutes. The image below shows the clay texture upon application (right) versus 10 minutes later when it is dry (left).
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack 10 minute time lapse
 

the scent

This Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack has a light scent.
 

the cost

A 120ml jar of the Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack sells for around US$31.00.
 

the availability

LeeGeeHaam products are available at Korean skincare boutiques. I received mine from Style Korean as part of their Try Me, Review Me Leegeehaam brand pack, for the purpose of review.
 

the expiry

The mask has a two year shelf life. I was unable to locate a duration of use after opening.
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack Expiry
 

the performance

Once again, the presentation is consistent with the other products from the brand, in particular, the Grow line, characterised by clean white packaging with green highlights. It is a comfortable size and well protected from light and air exposure. Although there is a spatula, I tend to scoop out the product with my hands as I find it too dense to spread with a mask brush but it glides perfectly across the face aided by the warmth of the fingers. The scent is quite unique. I didn’t detect any green tea in the smell however I did pickup the peppermint oil and an overall clay scent. It isn’t at all sweet or fresh but not offensive either.
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack
The consistency is dense but sufficiently smooth such that you can dictate the thickness you want to achieve. Obviously, the thinner the coverage, the quicker the drying time. A thin layer will dry in around 5 minutes so it can be a very effective, quick detoxification. Alternatively, a thicker layer will take closer to 10-15 minutes and is likely to also provide you more antioxidant benefit since the matcha is on your face for longer.

This mask tightens a lot. As soon as it starts to dry you can feel it pulling your skin, drawing all the excess oils and impurities from your pores. It is like a vacuum cleaner for your face. You can expect your face to be pulled in all directions. And don’t intentionally try to crack it too much once complete as that feels uncomfortable. It pays to take it off before it is fully dry as otherwise, you might find increased redness, irritation or skin dryness results. Once it’s ready to be removed, I use either a warm wash cloth or rinse it off under the shower.

I find this mask leaves my skin fresh, clean and adequately hydrated. This is surprising given the strength of the drawing action. It seems the balance of clay and moisturisers in the formula is ideal as I don’t experience any dryness after using this product. My skin feels smooth and soft and looks fresh and clean.
 

the conclusion

Those with oily and acne prone skin will love this mask. It’s ability to rid the skin of excess oil, sebum, impurities and debris is impressive. Mine is combination skin and it worked well for me. Given it doesn’t dehydrate the skin, it should technically suit everyone, provided they don’t extend the recommended wear time. Those sensitive to essential oils should patch test first.
 
Leegeehaam Grow Matcha Clay Pack
 

the summary

Pros Cons
Low hazard, safe formulation Only available on line for Australians
Effectively rids pores of excess sebum and impurities Sensitive skin may react to essential oils
Leaves skin soft and clean without drying Added colour
No added fragrance, parabens or alcohol
Ideal for all skin types

 

the references

LeeGeeHaam website
Kaolin Clay Skin Benefits, Powder,Side Effects & Properties Durable Health
Illite Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Montmorillonite Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Chromium Oxide Greens Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary

 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 
This product was provided to me free of charge by Style Korean for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by LeeGeeHaam, Style Korean, product suppliers, representatives or any other third party.
 


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