Clay masks can be traced centuries back from the Egyptian households where it is used not only as part of beauty rituals but also for medicinal purposes. It is still taking the world by storm but more of a skincare staple coming up with various brands and colors.
Benefits of Clay Mask
Clay masks are made of several minerals from volcanic ashes, sedimentary rocks, and decomposed plants are proven to eliminate oil, dirt and get rid of acne particularly to those who have sensitive skin. Here are a few things on why a slather of a clay mask can be very beneficial to your skin.
- It soothes and rejuvenates your skin. Some apply it to diaper rashes to calm the redness and soreness of the skin. Clay masks can be an essential part of your natural skincare routine if you’re planning to take a hiatus from chemical-based skin treatments.
- It can be applied to your scalp and underarms. While clay masks are known to pull out the skin’s oiliness, it also acts as a natural deodorizer ideal for your scalp and underarm problems. It also promotes hair growth that can be an alternative to your daily conditioner.
- It is an affordable means to treat skin problems. There are a plethora of affordable choices when it comes to clay masks. If you are dealing with acne and would like to try, you can start with a small jar at a lower cost and repurchase a larger one if your skin befriends it.
- It is natural. Having a peace of mind that you are treating your skin with a safe and non-chemical product is priceless. Clay masks generally do not trigger allergic reactions to most people, though itchiness and dryness are common for those who have excessively used clay masks.
Types of Clay Mask
Clay masks are being raved by many people because of their amazing skin benefits and variations depending on what the skin needs. And, if you’re torn on what clay mask to pick, remember to choose the color that suits your major skin problem.
White Clay Mask – has aluminum known to absorb sweat and excess oil. White Clay is best for all skin types, including those with delicate skin. On the other hand, it is ideal only for those with minimal skin problems such as minor breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Green Clay Mask – probably the most prominent of all clay masks, Green Clay treats acne and exfoliates dead skin. What makes it more effective is its mineral component combined with decomposed plants that promote collagen production.
Pink Clay Mask – is ideal for light exfoliation and minimizing blackheads. It has a mineral called silica that helps the skin to regenerate, making it smooth and supple.
How to Apply Clay Masks?
Clay masks’ benefits can only be seen if it is properly incorporated into your skincare routine. It is also essential to know when and how to apply it to utilize all its wonders.
Here are a few things that can help, whether you’re just starting with clay masks or just curious if you are already doing it right.
- Cleanse the skin for a clean canvass. You can use a gentle cleanser to wash your face.
- Mix your mask. In a bowl, mix 2 – 3 tablespoons of your clay mask and tap water until you came up with a paste-like consistency. Some people use rosewater or apple cider vinegar. You can do this too, depending on your liking and if your skin can take it.
- Slather the mask in your face. Apply it with your fingertips for even coverage. Concentrate on your t-zone and problematic areas.
- Let the mask sit for 10 to 15 minutes. During this time, you might feel your face pulsating. It is because your mask dries, and it contracts as the water drench. This pulsating effect also improves blood circulation in the face.
- Rinse. You can use a piece of cloth and lukewarm water to wash off the mask. Do not tug on your skin. Just rub it in a small circular motion until the mud comes off.
- Dry. Pat your face dry and apply your favorite moisturizer or proceed w/ your usual skincare routine.