Over the past few years I have tried a lot of skin care products. Many I’ve given up because they were too expensive, too time-consuming, or didn’t fit my natural living philosophy. One product that I’ve stuck with is cosmetic clay. From what I’ve read, clay is about as natural as it gets and I really enjoy incorporating it into my skin care routine.
I initially got into clay masks because they’re supposed to be good for acne. In theory, at least, clay pulls toxins and impurities out of your skin, leaving a clearer, more vibrant complexion. I’ve never seen any obvious evidence that clay masks are doing this for my skin, but I keep doing them because I like the way they make my skin feel. Applying the mask makes my skin feel very refreshed and rejuvenated. I also like that masks only require a minor hands-on time commitment, as it doesn’t take more than a couple minutes to apply the mask and then wash it off once it’s dry.
Even if you don’t have acne-prone skin, consider giving clay masks a try. The special properties of clay probably offer potential benefits for all skin types. Oh, and putting on a clay mask is also a great way to surprise/terrify an unsuspecting family member.
Buying Your Clay
I’m still using the same one pound bag of clay that I bought more than two years ago. At the time, I decided to get green clay because I’d read somewhere that it was especially good for acne. I bought it from Mountain Rose Herbs because I was ordering something else from them at the time.
Looking back, I realize that buying from Mountain Rose Herbs was definitely a good decision. Clay is mined from quarries, which to me sounds like a really easy way to end up slapping a bunch of toxins on your face if your clay isn’t coming from a reputable source. I trust Mountain Rose Herbs to sell quality clay; I’m sure you can also find excellent clay from other reputable companies.
In addition to the green clay that I bought, there are several other types of cosmetic clay. Mountain Rose Herbs has a good list here. I enjoy using the green clay that I have but other types may be better for other types of skin.
How to Do a Clay Mask
I always like to preface a clay mask by first washing my face as usual. I’m not sure if this is strictly necessary but I like doing it.
Allow the mask to dry on your face. This usually takes somewhere between ten and twenty minutes. Your skin will start to feel tight as the mask dries. It will be difficult to move your mouth or any other part of your face, so don’t plan on eating anything or talking on the phone while you do your mask.
After the mask is dry, rinse it off with warm water. It will take a little bit of attention to thoroughly remove all of the stuck bits.
My face usually looks red and blotchy after I rinse off the mask. As far as I can tell, this doesn’t seem to be harmful; it fades within an hour or two and doesn’t leave any lasting effects. I just thought I should warn you in case you experience the same.
After I rinse off the mask, I always moisturize as my skin usually feels on the dry side.
That’s it! Super simple and really pampering for your skin. Let me know if you give it a try!
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