5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Clay Masks
As you all know, I am a huge proponent of easy, effective skincare routines. Part of that routine includes a weekly clay mask to detox and cleanse my skin. For years, I’d done the same thing every week: get some clay, add some water, and, boom, done. For some reason though, only recently did I come across the idea of adding other ingredients to the mask to take it to the next level and utilize my time wisely. I mean, if I’m going to all the trouble to mix, dry, and remove a mask, I might as well get all that I can out of it! On top of this realization, I also realized I was using my clay masks all wrong, and irritating my skin! Ready to learn how to elevate your next facial? Keep reading!
1. Dry Skin is Sad Skin
For the last ten-odd years of my life that I’ve been using clay face masks, I’ve always thought the mask was done when it dried completely. When I did this, I was often met with dry, red, and painful skin. But, I thought this was the whole “pain = beauty” part of skincare. Boy was I wrong. Turns out, the best way to get the most out of your clay mask is to remove it with warm water before it dries completely. This way, your skin isn’t pulling or dried out when you remove the mask. Also, don’t use a wash rag to remove the clay as that can irritate your skin as well. The best thing to do is jump in the shower really quick and let the warm water remove the clay from your skin. This way, no irritation or redness will occur and you’ll have the moisturized, glowing skin you were after in the first place!
2. Skip the Tap & Crack Open that Carton
Most of us probably use water to mix up a clay mask, but I realized I could use milk instead for extra skin benefits. I use organic, unsweetened almond milk, but I would think coconut milk or cow’s milk would work just as well. Almond milk has a whole slew of benefits for your skin. It is full of zinc, which is great for fighting skin blemishes like acne, and is also rich in vitamin E, another super-vitamin for skin since it can protect your skin from UV damage and traps free radicals that can eventually lead to cancer. Almond milk also has many other vitamins like calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, & more that are essential to thriving skin! Combining this with a clay mask is a quick and easy way to get the most out of the mask for your skin and pump up the vitamins.
3. Sweeten it Up with a Dash of Honey
Just a teaspoon of honey can go a long way when added to a clay mask! Honey is filled with all sorts of anti-aging properties and can help to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also great for moisturizing dry skin and calming red or irritated skin. Honey’s polysaccharides, or sugars, also give your skin cells the energy they need to thrive. This allows for a faster cell turnover rate and the necessary energy the cells needs to perform at their peak. Honey is also great at removing dead skin cells. In short, say goodbye to wrinkles and dark spots!
4. Say Goodbye to Acne with Some ACV
Organic, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar (ACV) with the mother is one of natural beauty’s biggest known secrets. This stuff does it all from regulate blood sugar to fight acne! Adding just teaspoon to a clay mask can help balance the pH of your face to be more acidic, making it an inhabitable place for acne-causing bacteria to live. Your skin naturally has an acid mantle, basically just a thin layer of oil, on the top of it. Skin is naturally acid, functioning best with a pH of 5.5, and when this acid mantle layer becomes too basic, meaning the pH rises too much, bacteria can thrive, multiply, and cause issues like acne. Apple cider vinegar is acidic and can greatly help to regulate the pH of your skin by making the acid mantle more acidic. Additionally, ACV has anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties, helping to kill bacteria and remove dirt from your pores.
5. Keep it Fresh
I know, I know, this seems obvious, but it’s all too easy to not want to buy a new jar of clay when you have one that’s been in your cabinet for years. Using a fresh batch of clay mask ensures you’re getting the most out of your mask by providing the freshest and most potently effective ingredients. This is especially important if your mask has other ingredients, like tea or spirulina, in it that will eventually expire and become ineffective. You’ll essentially just waste your time by using an old mask, so do yourself, and your skin, a favor and go ahead and pick up a new jar.
I hope you found this blog useful and you learned a few things! Do you have any other tips that you’ve found useful when using clay masks? Leave them in the comments below! I love reading your feedback and skincare secrets you’ve learned. Also, if you’re in the market for a new clay mask, I highly suggest you check out Terrestrial Organic’s Go Green Clay Face Mask. This thing is chock full of vitamins and skin-loving goodness thanks to French green clay, organic spriulina, and an organic blend of tulsi green teas.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! I love hearing from you guys :)
Founder/Maker/One-Woman-Show of Terrestrial Organics