Clay masks soak up all traces of grease and dirt from your skin. So, they are good for oily and acne prone skin. They come in beautiful colors from all over the world and provide substantial benefits to the skin. They are rich source of minerals and so are good for cosmetic use.
The most popular and beneficial clays are sourced from France, but many good ones come from Australia, Morocco, Middle East, Southern Europe and US as well.
Though they are becoming popular lately, do you know they’re not good for everyone? In this article, you will find who should use a clay mask, which clay to use for your skin type, how to make and properly apply a clay mask onto your face?
Important note: Never use metal while mixing your clay mask. Use glass, plastic or wooden tools to keep clay’s properties potent and effective.
Should You Use Clay Mask?
Who should use a clay mask is the first question that might come to your mind. The notion that clay masks are good for all skin types is in reality a myth and no one knows where it really started. The truth is that they should be used for only oily or combination skin. People with irritated skin should stay away from them because they can dry out and irritate the skin even more.
Which Clay Should You Use For A Face Mask?
The second pertinent question is which clay should you use for your skin type? Here are the guidelines to select clay for making a facemask for your skin type.
Green Clays: Especially, French Green Clay or Montmorillonite Clay is the most absorbent of all clays. Suitable for oily and acne prone skin, it helps get rid of dirt, excess oil and debris from deep down skin pores.
Read here for Green Clay Face Mask Recipes
White/Gray Clays: Bentonite, Fullers Earth, Kaolin and others can be used to replenish loss of minerals in the skin and get rid of excess oil. Suitable for combination skins, it helps get rid of excess oil without impairing sebum production.
Red/Pink Clays: Rhassoul, Australian Red, French Pink and others are generally used to provide complexion with a smooth finish.
Black Clay: Like Australian Black Clay, it’s generally suitable for acne prone skin due to its deeply cleansing properties.
How To Apply A Clay Mask Properly?
The third pertinent question is: What Is The Proper Way To Apply A Clay Mask?
First Step: First of all, wipe off all traces of the makeup thoroughly. If you’re wearing makeup, use a good makeup remover to completely remove it (Read here for best natural makeup removers). Next, cleanse your face with warm water. If you like, you may use a foaming cleanser or a mild facial soap to get rid of leftover makeup, all residues of the makeup remover, and the impurities. The objective is to apply the clay mask on a really clean face. The warm water will soften the plugs within the pores.
Tip: It helps to steam your skin before applying the clay mask in case your pores are clogged.
Second Step: Apply the clay mask evenly all over your face, neck and décolleté, avoiding the skin around your eyes. The skin in this region is quite thin and can get damaged easily.
Third Step: Let the mask dry out completely on your skin, but don’t wait for it to reach the flaky stage before you start rinsing. Do the touch test: When you start to see it drying (which usually means it gets lighter in color) but it still feels a bit sticky, it’s time to wash that sucker off—so it doesn’t suck the life out of your skin.
Fourth Step: Properly wipe off the mask. Splash enough warm water on your face. Do a gentle massage scrubbing in circular motion, using your clean fingertips, until the clay is completely re-hydrated, and then rinse it off. Now pat dry with a clean soft face towel. Do not use any soap or cleanser to remove it or thereafter.
Fifth Step: Apply a toner to prepare your skin for the best absorption of moisturizers or facial oils.
Sixth Step: After the toner has evaporated or dried from your skin, apply a thin layer of your favorite moisturizer or facial oil. Don’t over do it. You should aim to replenish the skin rather than smother it.
Note: Do not apply makeup for at least 12-24 hours.
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How Long Do You Leave A Clay Mask On Your Face And Why Should You Let It Dry Completely?
Many cosmetologists believe that a clay mask should be left until it completely dries on the skin. By doing this you allow the clay to absorb the most, pulling both debris from inside the pores and sucking excess oils as well. They claim that it’s a myth that if you allow a clay mask to dry out completely, the clay will absorb all the moisture of the skin drying it even further. But, if you follow this dictum then make sure that you follow with applying a toner and moisturizer. This will ensure that your skin immediately reclaim all the little moisture it has lost.
During the application of clay mask a barter transaction happens. While the skin absorbs minerals from the clay (which provides that radiant look we all admire), the clay absorbs the excess oil and impurities from the skin. When the clay mask is not allowed to dry out completely, the barter transaction doesn’t happen completely and this results into poor experience and substandard results.
How Many Times A Week Should You Apply A Clay Mask?
Clay masks shouldn’t be applied more than 1-2 times a week. If you apply more often then they can irritate your skin. Less than that then no benefits would be visible.
How Do You Make A Clay Mask At Home?
Making your own clay mask isn’t difficult. After choosing a clay suitable for your skin, simply mix in a few drops of a nourishing oil of your choice such as almond, jojoba, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Slowly add lukewarm water while mixing until you get a smooth, spreadable paste of desired consistency. Apply immediately using a brush or with your fingers on your neck and face, avoiding skin around your eyes. Here are diy clay mask best recipes.
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