If you have acne-prone or oily skin, clay masks are a must. Clay masks provide your skin with helpful minerals, stimulate blood flow and remove dirt and oil. In addition, clay masks have a long tradition of helping beautiful women have great-looking skin — for instance, nearly 1800 years ago, Cleopatra used clay from the Nile River as part of her beauty ritual. There are many different types of clay, but bentonite clay, which is derived from volcanic ash, is very popular. Clay masks work to even out your skin’s texture because when water is applied to the clay, it swells and becomes a porous sponge that draws out facial impurities. Clay masks should be used once or twice a week and the following tips and product recommendations will help you get the most out of your clay mask.
Be sure to remove the mask BEFORE the clay cracks and flakes because if the mask reaches that level of dryness, it’s likely to irritate your skin and dehydrate it. You can often tell if the mask is getting dry by its color because it will become lighter as it dries.
Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask in avocado & oatmeal offers a great way to improve your skin’s texture for those on a budget. The mask cleanses clogged pores, firms and smooths your skin and contains natural ingredients like oatmeal and Vitamin E.
Save money and make your own clay mask at home. Here’s how:
- You’ll need a small glass or plastic bowl, 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay, olive oil and some water.
- Add the clay to the bowl.
- Add just enough water to wet the clay and give it a pasty texture.
- Add a few drops of olive oil.
- Apply the mask to your face using your fingers or a clean foundation brush.
- Let dry (about 20 minutes).
- Rinse face with warm water and use a washcloth to dab off excess clay.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay uses calcium bentonite clay from Death Valley. Just add some apple cider vinegar or water, apply to your face, and dry for 20 minutes, and your face will look and feel better.
SkinCeuticals’ Clarifying Clay Masque
SkinCeuticals’ Clarifying Clay Masque is made from the high quality earth clays bentonite and kaolin (to clean pores and remove excess oils) and hydroxy acid (to exfoliate dead skin cells). The product also contains chamomile and aloe vera to soothe you skin.