Wonders that facial clay mask can do for your skin
Today I am going to write about facial Clay mask. I have always seen on the movies the ladies with green clay mask in the beauty saloon and two slices of cucumber laying on the top of their eyes while they relax and take a nap before washing off the mask. I always wanted to know what was that mask for, but I have never looked it up until recently. I found out that there are some different kind of clay for different kind of skin and its benefits.
Benefits of using clay masks:
- The clay absorbs waste, harmful toxins, oil and dirt from the skin. Do you know that expensive facial cream that you use everyday? Your skin won't be able to absorb it if your skin has accumulated dirt and blocking the cream. Therefore, it would be a waste of money using that facial cream everyday if your skin is not properly cleaned. The clay is great to clean the skin as it absorbs all the dirt, toxins and oil from the skin.
- The skin absorbs the minerals from the clay as it dries up, nourishing the skin. The clay rejuvenates the skin due to the high mineral contents. Each clay has different effect on the skin.
- Cleaner skin and smaller pores
- Moisturize the skin
- Treat acne. It treats acne as the clay removes excess oil from your skin. The recommended clay powder for acne sufferers is green clay powder.
- Stimulates blood circulation. As the clay dries up, it will tighten your skin and you will feel it pressuring your skin, stimulating the blood circulation of your face. When it is dried up you can hardly move your face. It is a weird but good sensation.
How to make facial clay mask
First of all, you will have to find out which type of clay is suitable for your skin.
Oily and acne-prone skin - For this type of skin it is suitable French/green clay mask.
Sensitive and dry skin - For this type of skin it can be used either yellow or white kaolin clay. Both are pretty much the same and they don't draw oil from the skin.
All type of skin - Rose/pink clay is suitable for all type of skin. It can give a glow on the face.
Now that you know which type of clay is suitable for your skin, you can buy it in the nearest health food store or online. I bought mine online because I couldn't find my clay in any store where I live. I asked the salesperson in a health food store for green clay powder and he made a face with a huge question mark and said " Clay? Clay??No, we don't have." So I gave up looking for it in stores because every salesperson made the same face and asked the same question. Anyway, you may find it in the health food store in your country, but in some countries it might be difficult to find in stores.
Steps to make and use facial clay mask are:
Step 1 - Choose a non-metallic container. It can be plastic, ceramic or glass.
Step 2 - Mix 1 part of clay to 2 parts of purified water or aloe vera. If you think it is too thick you can add a little bit more of water. You can mix with a wooden spoon or a brush. I use an old make up brush.
Step 3 - You can add essential oil to the facial mask if you wish. Some people add vitamin E oil, honey and other ingredients to make the mask more nourishing to the skin. If you don't want to add anything it is fine, it is good enough just the clay. If you have acne-prone skin you can add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to prevent breakouts (only add if you are not allergic to tea tree oil).
Step 4 - Steam your face to open your pores. It will enable the clay to absorb deeply the dirt of your pores. Steam for about 5 minutes and wipe your face with a clean towel.
Step 5 - Use the brush or your hands to spread the facial mask on your face.
Step 6 - Leave the mask for about 30 minutes or so, or until it is all dried up.
Step 7 - Wash the mask off your face with warm water and wipe.
Step 8 - Moisturize your skin with your facial cream.
You can repeat this procedure once a week.
Some people use the mask as a acne and blemishes/spots treatment. You can apply a little bit of facial clay mask on the affected area and leave it overnight. Wash it off in the morning.
What I love about this mask is that it is all natural and inexpensive. I bought a 450 g pack of green clay powder and I've been using for a couple of months. I guess it will last for another 6 months or more I guess.
On the following video Sophie demonstrates how the mask is done and she adds essential oil to the mask. It sounds like a great idea as well. Hope you enjoyed this hub. =)