In our last blog post we discussed the benefits of using an oil cleanser over a traditional face soap, and we hope you've made the switch! Oil cleansers are perfect for daily use, but there are a few products you should be using on your skin that are just as essential, but less regular. Products like our clay masks!
You should be using a clay mask, especially one made with real cosmetic grade clays (like ours!) once a week and no more than twice a week to avoid irritating your skin. Clay masks are a great way to deep clean your skin by drawing out some of the bacteria that hides away in the deeper layers of your skin.
We use three different types of clay in each of our masks, and although they have differing properties to a degree, they are all highly absorbent once combined with water. When these clays mix with water they have a negative ion charge (it's science!) and become attractive to positively charged impurities, pulling them to the surface.
The best time to use a mask is after cleansing and exfoliating your face, but before using any other products. Exfoliating before a mask is an important step, eliminating the top layer of dead skin and allowing the clay to pull from deeper in the skin. Our masks come as dry mixes which you combine with water directly before applying. 1-2 Tablespoons of clay is typically plenty for a facial, but clay masks can also be used on the chest, shoulders, or anywhere you may be suffering from acne.
The most common question I get about these masks is "how much water do I add??" and the answer is different for each clay, and then again, for personal preference. Although you want a consistency between peanut butter and honey so the clay is wet enough to do it's work. It should take about 15 minutes for your mask to begin drying, and once that starts to happen, it's time to rinse. Chipping a dry clay mask off your face can be irritating for your skin, so we recommend that you re-dampen the mask while it's still on your face to make rinsing much easier.
After you've completely rinsed the mask off you can apply any serums or moisturizers to finish off your facial care routine. I typically warn customers that you may notice a breakout one to two days following a clay mask (another reason why you should limit your use to once a week) and that is completely normal, and in fact, expected. These clays are pulling impurities and bacteria to the surface, but not magically causing it to disappear. Seeing a breakout right after using a mask can be a good sign, meaning that the clay is doing it's job getting all that junk out of the deeper layers of your skin.
Here's the info you need to choose a clay mask that's right for you!
Our Happy Hippy Clay Mask starts with a base of French Green Clay, which contains high amounts of minerals such as magnesium and iron and is highly absorbent. Organic aloe vera leaf powder is added, along with organic, powdered green tea, for a mask that not only deep cleans, but promotes hydration and toning of the skin. Find this mask here.
Our Flower Child Clay Mask is a powerful deep cleaning mask made primarily with Bentonite Clay. A roughly ground floral blend of lavender, pink roses, and powdered calendula are added to the clay for a relaxing, aromatic finish that soothes and refreshes the skin. A great mask for those with acne prone skin, or anyone needing an intense deep cleanse, it can be found here.
The Black Gold Mask is wonderfully well rounded for almost any skin type, and is especially great for those with sensitive skin. Rhassoul clay is the base of this mask, which while incredibly absorbent and effective, is also more soothing than other clays for irritated skin. We add activated charcoal as well as fair-trade, organic, powdered coffee for a mask that is purifying and full of anti-oxidants. Find the Black Gold Mask here.