Clay is one of the oldest and most trusted beauty ingredients out there. It’s been tried and tested for centuries now and is still popular as ever. Dermatologists recommend using clay to remove surface oil for brighter and cleaner looking skin. However, not all clay is made equal. Though as a base ingredient it works to cleanse skin, in beauty products it works in different ways. So which kind of clay mask is right for you?
Opt for a cream mask. These types of masks are made with milder formulas and are more gentle on the skin. It will gently exfoliate your skin without any irritation. It’s recommended to leave the mask on for about 10 minutes.
Try a gel mask. You can work these types of masks into your skin and, depending on how deep you want to cleanse, either rinse (after 5 minutes) or scrub the mask off (after 10 minutes).
All skin types
Sheet masks are perfect for deep cleaning. A sheet mask will really let the clay sink into your skin and reap all the benefits. They’re also easy to apply (though the sizes are definitely not one size fits all so it might get a bit messy) and don’t take long to work - about 10 minutes should do the trick!
You can also tailor your mask to your skin’s needs by doing a bit of DIY mixing with clay powder. These masks need to be left on a little bit longer - 15 minutes - but you can really target specific skin issues. For example, add apple cider vinegar for clear pores, milk to brighten skin, or lemon juice to remove dead skin cells.
How Often Should You Use A Clay Mask?
Once a week is more than enough! If you commit to a weekly at home spa night, you might want to consider switching your daily cleanser to something mild. Clay is a natural purifier so you won’t need a harsh cleanser anymore. When applying the mask, you really don’t need to go above the recommended time limit of 10-15 minutes. It may seem that you’re letting the clay seep in and work its magic even deeper, but you’re just making it harder to rinse off. All you need is a bit of clay for more beautiful skin!