REVIEW | Cleaning with dirt the May Lindstrom way

In a previous post, I talked about my skin – I have oily/combination skin, but in the winter, I tend to have dry skin and occasional flakiness around the nose, chin and forehead – okay actually sometimes all over my face. Then theres those large, unattractive pores on my nose that seem to never go away. Even with the yellow undertones, my skin has a dull appearance which only gets worse as the winter months drag on (in New England I should really say… for half a year my skin basically sucks).

My night time routine just got a little bit dirtier, thanks to May Lindstrom. And I kind of like it! May’s decandent mix of cleansing clays and divine spices creates a luxurious smooth complexion and radiant glow-from-within appearance. The question is… are you even surprised? May Lindstrom has already established herself as the “ultimate skincare luxury experience.”  I have yet to try any other May Lindstrom products but I can already tell you, I am eagerly waiting for the day to come.

So, what’s in The Clean Dirt? And is dirt really worth $60? YES!

May describes this incredible dirt as:

An energizing blend of cleansing clays, warming spices and healing salts lifts impurities while a surge of H2O-activated Vitamin C encourages cellular rejuvenation and increased blood flow.

This stimulating treatment transforms and refines skin’s appearance with a potent cocktail of exfoliant, leaving you velvety smooth and gorgeously radiant.

What’s even better is that almost all of the ingredients are Certified Organic, or Fair Trade Certified. Here are the ingredients:

White Halloysite Clay, Red Moroccan Phassoul Clay, Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmellow) Root, Rosa Centifolia (Pink Rose), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), Curcuma Longa (Tumeric), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger), Vanilla Planifolia Bean, Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao)

The question is, what do each of these ingredients do?

  • White Halloysite Clay – Impeccable ability to absorb toxins and impurities from your good, and helps to remove oil and dead skin.
  • Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay – Reduces skin dryness and improves clarity while removing impurities. Also helps to ensure a smooth-like application.
  • Red Alaea Sea Salt – An unrefined sea salt mixed with red volcanic clay, containing high amounts of minerals and iron. The high calcium content clears pores while magnesium prevents fluid re tent ion. Salt also helps to increase circulation and acts as a natural exfoliant leaving the skin feeling smooth.
  • Ascorbic Acid – A form of Vitamin C best for skincare, by boosting collagen production and naturally brightening skin.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate – smooths the skin and fights free radicals.
  • Marshmellow Root – Reduces puffiness and speeds up cell regeneration to help decrease wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Pink Rose – Full of antioxidants that moisturizers and tones the skin.
  • Calendula – Acts as an antiseptic that increases the skins healing process.
  • Cinnamon – Improves collagen production.
  • Nutmeg & Clove – Both act as an anti-bacterial that brightens the skin and have uplifting properties.
  • Tumeric – Anti-septic and anti-inflammatory that balances sebum production.
  • Ginger – Removes toxins while stimulating circulation.
  • Raw Cacao – High in antioxidants!

Let’s talk about actually putting this dirt on your face. It’s not necessary to dampen your skin before application, but if you have sensative skin I would recommend doing so. Pour roughly 1 teaspoon into the palm of your hand (or be like me a pour all the amazingness into your hand without a care in the world). Slowly add drops of water into your hand to activate the ingredients. Blend together, which will automatically create a foamy-mouselike texture. Gently massage into the skin. Since the ingredients have natural exfoliating properties, you don’t need to scrub like your washing dirty dishes, just gently massage.  I prefer to let the product rest on my skin after massaging for about a minute to let all the goodness absorb into my skin and extract the toxins and impurities. Then, rinse!

Be warned, this is a messy application process. If you lean towards always wanting a clean bathroom, I would suggest mixing the dirt in a small bowl, and using a brush (May makes a bowl/brush duo, or use foundation brush, or your fingers) to carefully apply as you would a mask. You can use a washcloth or a muslin cloth to gently massage the product into your skin before gently rubbing away. When you’re drying your face odd, don’t be surprised to see a little yellow on your towel…

Many people describe The Clean Dirt as having a light tingling sensation during application, however I never noticed (maybe I was already infatuated with the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove…). I would recommend using this 2-3 times per week to see the best results, but you will notice immediate results just after one use!

Immediately after drying off my face I noticed my skin had a radiant, youthful glow, AND the pores on my nose were dramatically smaller!!! My skin seemed happy, naturally plump, and the Vitamin C really added to the glowiness. I get weirdly excited on the nights I use The Clean Dirt…annddd so does my boyfriend 😄 He describes the whole process as a science project gone wrong.

What surprised me the most about May’s entire line is the quantity of product you receive, making cost per use extremely reasonable. At 6.67oz, this is by far on of the largest containers of any scrub/mask I have ever purchased, meaning we’re paying just about $9/ounce. I know not many of us look at how long products are meant to last, but The Clean Dirt has a shelf life of a year, and with continually use 2-3 times per week, the product is meant to last for 6 months. Not bad! Plus…since the product is dry a few extra months doesn’t gross me out.

Would I repurchase The Clean Dirt? Absolutely! In fact, it makes me want to toss all my other exfoliant because it’s that good. I even bought a mirrored tray to display it in my bathroom because I love the black glass packaging with gold letters.

You can purchase The Clean Dirt at May Lindstrom, or my personal favorite LeVert Beauty (free US shipping if you spend $40 or more).

What are your thoughts? Are there other products that you adore just as much?
As always, thanks for reading my ramblings 😬

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