So let's talk clay masks.
A clay mask is not just useful for relaxing and feeling like you run your own spa, but for basically deep cleaning your skin. Not all masks are created equal and I might be biased but I like to think Wild House clay masks are of the superior variety. We offer three different masks each featuring different clays that do some magical things for your face. I recently pulled off a late night Mask Monday and used the Happy Hippy Clay Mask. This mask features French Green Clay, Aloe Vera Leaf Powder, and Green Tea Powder. I recommend this particular mask for dull, tired, and dried out skin. It's also green and goes great with cucumber slices over your eyes (real talk, when did we start putting cucumbers on our eyes?).
I start with freshly cleaned skin that is still damp. I just use plain water to mix my clay masks and that is what I advise on my use-guide because I fully believe that is what helps the clay do what clay does best. And what exactly is that? Most clays act like sponges and they soak up the water you mix it with and this actually helps them be more effective at absorbing impurities in your skin. French Green Clay can help increase the blood flow to the surface of your skin as well as making your skin feel firmer and reducing the appearance of your pores. Aloe Vera Leaf Powder and Green Tea powder are both lean green antioxidant machines, which are important to combat cell decay and aging skin. Aloe Vera is widely used to soothe sunburns and irritated skin and Green Tea also contains tannins which are naturally astringent and may reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles.
I mix my mask in a NON-METAL bowl with a NON-METAL utensil and apply it all over my face. Not using metal is very important because French Green Clay, along with Bentonite and a number of other clays used in cosmetics, attract heavy metals. By putting the clay in contact with metal you run the risk of reducing the clay's effectiveness. All of our clay masks are now packaged in durable glass bottles with plastic caps that can be reused and recycled when you have used up all the clay.
After about 15 minutes, when the clay begins to dry around the edges, I wash it off with warm water. You don't want the mask to get completely dried out because the drier it gets the harder it becomes to rinse off. Make sure to moisturize after since clay masks can dry out the skin (remember, because clay is a sponge). It is also for this reason that I do not recommend using a clay mask more than once or twice a week. I usually like to do a mask in the evening (because that's literally the only time I have to do one since my spawn is asleep), and I follow up with a sugar scrub in the morning while I'm in the shower. This combo works well for me considering the clay mask has pulled a lot of bacteria to the surface and the scrub can help get the rest of those impurities out of my pores while smoothing and moisturizing my skin.
So turn on the bath, or just put on your favorite show, and get your mask on because you deserve it, and so does your skin. Even if it's not #maskmonday