Mud Masks have been used for centuries with good reason: They work. They work on their own, and they work in combination with other 100% Natural ingredients. Clay / Mud has many benefits on its own. However, it is the perfect carrier to get other natural ingredients in contact with your skin to do their magic!
But how do you get the best results from your mud masks? Simple. Just follow these 7 important guidelines:
Use good ingredients
Use your clay powder in combination with other natural products. Additionally, make sure your ingredients are the real deal and pure. Many essential oils can be diluted by carrier oils or can be impure.
Therefore, it is important to know that your ingredients are pure and undiluted. This includes any other nourishing oils like Jojoba oil, Avocado oil and more.
Organic is always best when looking for healing benefits. We created a whole page where you can peruse natural ingredients that are good for your skin (They might already be hiding away in your kitchen cupboard!)
Focus on problematic areas
We all know we have specific areas that break out more frequently than others. Therefore, we recommend that you focus on your problem areas more frequently. If you have dry patches, you can apply a moisturizing mask (clay with an oil like jojoba or avocado) to that specific area daily.
That way, the most needed areas, get the most treatment and the rest of your skin gets treated to a weekly mask as needed.
Additionally, you can make sure to plop on the natural goodness extra thick on your problematic areas!
Know what your skin needs
The REAL and best-kept secret of all skincare routines is to just know what your skin needs. Getting to know your skin, what it likes, what it doesn’t like and what it needs is the best thing you can do.
Feeling like you have a bit of dry skin? Apply a moisturizing mask. Feeling like there are more blackheads than usual sticking out on your nose? Apply Activated charcoal and tea tree mud masks to affected areas.
However, if you have oily skin, make sure to always start off with a moisturizing mask. We know it sounds counterintuitive but it might just clear up your problems. When your skin is dry, it can sometimes overcompensate with an excessive amount of oil, causing the common oily skin that we all know and hate. If after 2 weeks of moisturizing masks, the oil still is not behaving we suggest you start off with bentonite clay masks and other masks that will absorb the excess oil.
Do not let the mud masks dry completely
While it is tempting to get that good crackle effect going on your face, we do not recommend it. When you leave a clay mask on to dry completely, the clay starts absorbing moisture directly from your skin.
This can lead to severely dry skin that is uncomfortable and itchy. Therefore, when the clay mask starts drying at the edges, you know it’s time to grab that damp face cloth and start removing the mud mask gently.
Remove gently with a damp towel
A damp towel or face cloth is ideal to remove your mud mask. However, personally, I mask at night and hop in the shower to rinse it off when it is time. No mess, no fuss.
However, a damp (lukewarm) face cloth is perfect as long as you gently rub to get the clay off. Never try to scrub off your facial mask as this can cause unwanted damage to your skin. The gentle removal of a mud mask also acts as an exfoliator which is perfect for those of us that love a good exfoliation!
Moisturize after using Mud Masks
A clay mask absorbs excess oils, dirt, and moisture. That’s why you need to make sure your skin has enough goodness to replenish itself. Using a quality moisturizer will help your skin regain any moisture that they clay mask might have absorbed and make sure that your skin looks glowing, fresh and smooth within a few minutes!
Now that you have all the dirty little secrets of using mud masks, you can go ahead and start creating your very own recipes to your skin’s needs. If you have any questions, you can contact us on our Facebook or Instagram page and someone will get back to you as soon as possible!