If You’re Not Slathering Your Skin In Clay, Now Is The Time To Start
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We’re not the first to say this, but clay masks are confusing as heck. There are simply too many different varieties out on the market. Clay mask is one thing, then there’s clay in cleanser, but also mud? We’re here to aid you in finding one that’s going to help you crack that mystery.
To start things off, what do clay masks even do? You might have heard that clay masks are great for acne-prone and oily skin – in which you’ve heard right. Clay masks adhere to your skin when it dries up, and takes with it some dead cells, debris and oil when rinsed off. It’s important to note that they are incredibly drying though, so make sure not to leave it on until it cracks and kills your skin. Rinse it off when it’s still slightly tacky, and make sure to lather on that moisturiser after.
There are dozens of different types of clays out there. We’re all rather familiar with volcanic clay a.k.a. bentonite clay. It’s suitable for all skin types, anti-ageing, hydrating, exfoliating, cleansing and rich in minerals. It’s no wonder that everyone loves it. The equally popular kaolin clay, does the same thing as the volcanic, and comes in a spectrum of colours. It’s good for sensitive and dry skin, because of its low absorption properties, not that it’s any less effective than the volcanic. Then there’s anti-ageing French green clay, which gets its colour from plant matter and iron oxides, and blackhead destroyer rassoul clay.
Although mud and clay masks can sound deceivingly similar, mud masks have more healing properties that can refresh and rejuvenate your skin, while clay masks serve to suck up that oil and cleanse your skin of impurities. Clay in cleansers is like reaping all the cleansing properties of a clay mask, without having to wait around for it to dry.
By this point, if you’re not convinced by the powers of clay yet, we have a friend whose skin is insanely clear. We’re talking CRYSTAL CLEAR. Her secret? Clay masks. An unexpected, but straightforward answer. So, have a go at it, a clay mask will do more good than harm. Better yet, start now. Below, we’ve rounded up a couple of masks for you to sit back, relax, and unwind. Pull up a movie and a glass of wine, because you’re about to do a whole lot of waiting. REMEMBER TO WASH IT OFF BEFORE IT CRACKS!
Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask
African Botanics Marula Mineral Cleansing Mask
Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Masque – Wheatgerm, Ginkgo & Cranberry
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask
Anne Semonin Exfoliating Mask
Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask
Ren ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser
Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask
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