Rubbing dirt on your face may not sound like a good idea – but you can’t deny the growing popularity of clay mask treatments. Do they really work? I’ll give you the low-down on these Earth-based skin treatments.
What is a clay mask?
A clay mask is a facial treatment (sometimes known as a ‘skin detox’) that’s typically made from natural, mineral-rich elements found in soil, including volcanic ash. In addition to facial masks, you’ll also find clay in soaps, shampoos and cleansers.
What are the benefits of clay masks?
Clay is naturally absorbent, therefore it is often touted as the perfect facial treatment for oily skin. Clay facials are thought to draw out excess dirt, debris, toxins, pollutants and oil from the skin’s surface. A clay skin treatment may also help tighten skin and exfoliate to slough away dead skin cells and debris.
How do I make my own clay mask?
There are many pre-mixed clay cleansers and masks available – but if you prefer to make your own, here’s an easy, basic recipe:
- 1 Tbs green clay powder (can also use red Moroccan clay for sensitive skin; or bentonite clay)
- 1 Tbs cold water
- 2-4 drops jojoba oil
- Optional: 1 drop essential oil of choice (tea tree oil, lavender, rose, etc.)
Mix ingredients together to form a paste-like substance. If using essential oils, test a small patch of skin first. Apply to face and neck, avoiding eye area. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes before rinsing (you’ll want to rinse it off before it begins to get hard and flaky, to avoid drying out your skin). Follow up with moisturizer.