All about Clay Masks

Why we use a face mask?

A face mask helps to cleanse & get rid of wrinkles, dark circles, pimples and acne & increase the fairness and smoothness of skin.

What is a Clay Mask?

Natural Clay can help detoxify the skin, draw out impurities, minimize pores, and remove excess surface oil.

What are clays?

They are made of minerals occurring as a result of the gradual decomposition of rocks due to chemical reactions from environmental conditions. There are many types of cosmetic clays, differing as to their unique chemical consistency. Each clay type has its properties which provides a different benefit to the skin.

Let’s choose the right clay type for you

Kaolin clay - Normal, Sensitive or Dry skin types
The mildest clay type helps draw out oils without being harsh on the skin.
Bentonite Clay - Normal, Oily or Combination skin types
It draws out most skin impurities and excess oils. Therefore, its best for oily, acne-prone skin & helps reduce the appearance of pores and blackheads.
Fuller's Earth/ Multani Mitti - Recommended for Oily and Acne skin due to its high oil-absorbing properties.

 

Benefits of Clay masks

Restore Balance of the skin
Clay has the unique ability to absorb excess sebum & clean out any clogged pores from the resulting excess oil.
Unclogs and Shrinks Skin Pores
Clays help to detoxify the skin & draw out impurities and oil from its surface. This is especially helpful for those with acne or oily-prone skin. If you are maintaining a healthy, whole foods diet and low-toxicity lifestyle, the results will be even more noticeable, as the production of sebum will be more balanced and the less inflammation.
Detoxifies & Purifies the Skin
As environmental pollutants come into contact with the skin, they can store in the pores and lead to inflammation and allergic responses. The use of a clay mask will leave your skin feeling renewed, incredibly clean, oxygenated & less inflamed.
Softer, Smoother & Glowing Skin
By using clay masks, you can get more silica into your body and onto your skin. So not only will it
remove dead skin cells, bacteria and debris, it will give your skin important nutrients it needs to glow.
Rejuvenates & Regenerates the Skin
Clay masks can be used to rebuild damaged skin fibres as well as promote youthful skin and preventing or eliminating wrinkles.

 

Before applying a clay mask

Clean your face with your Cleanser, Face Wash or Facial Soap

Where to apply the mask?

Face & neck but do not apply on eyes & lips  

How often?

 

Maximum twice (2) per Week

According to the most skincare  specialists, you should use a clay mask   once or twice per week. Clay masks   draw out excess oils in your skin. If   used more often, it can completely dry   your skin out as it draws out oil as well   as impurities.

Remember that less is more and that you should not use a clay face mask more than two times per week !

 

How to mix the mask?

Select the face pack according to your skin type Always use a wooden/glass/Ceramic spoon & bowl to mix your ingredients because metal will react with the clay reducing most of its healing properties.

      

Mix 2 teaspoons with water (as required) or any other liquid (milk, Aloevera juice or rose water). Apply evenly all over your face. Leave on for about 10 minutes.

  • Apply evenly from upper neck & way up to the face in an upward motion.
  • Do not leave more than 20 minutes, keeping for very long time may result in formation of wrinkles, sagging of skin & enlargement of open pores. Gently remove with warm water (not hot water) & a washcloth.
  • Do not try to peel or scratch the dried mask because it may harm underlying skin.
  • Do not Let it completely dry on the skin.Splash water all over your face
    to soften the clay & massage your skin using up ward circular motions
    to help dissolve the clay.

Blending Ingredients

All Skin Types
Herbal Teas 
  • Green tea for brightening.
  • Chamomile tea for inflammation.

   Floral Water

  • Rose water for aging and sensitive skin.
Oily Skin
       Lemon Juice
  • Controls sebum production.
  • Brightens skin.
  • Supports collagen production.
  • Lightens sun tans.
Dry Skin
     Honey
  •  An excellent humectant that seals moisture in your skin.
              Milk
  • Moisturizing & calming the skin.
  • Diminishing hyper-pigmentation.

After the clay mask

Gently rub the ice cubes wrapped in a soft cloth on your face, following only one direction of motion (or use a toner). Apply a moisturizer.
Thing to avoid after applying a mask
  1. Do not exfoliate the face at least for 3 days
  2. Do not use soap or face wash to remove the mask
  3. Do not apply rich makeup immediately after the face mask.
  4. Do not go out in the sun immediately after the face mask.

Pimples after the clay mask

There are 2 types of breakout that can be occurred,
1. Allergic Reactions
Since every skin is unique some may find that the skin reacts to certain types of ingredients. This may cause breakouts after the clay mask. If your blemishes continue for several weeks after starting the mask, it is also likely a skin reaction & you should stop using the product immediately.
2. Detox Breakouts
You may experience this during first few days of clay mask use. When the natural ingredients in the mask sink deep into the skin pores, flushing out any toxins under the surface of your skin. These pimples called as purging pimples, will typically occur shortly after beginning a new product & will gradually improve with continued use. They will appear in areas where you normally get pimples, or where you have clogged pores (ex: nose).
What does skin purging look like?
As blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, pimples. In areas that are you used to get pimples. Sometimes as small, skin colored bumps under the skin.
For more details https://cocolie.lk/blogs/miss-cocolies-blogs/new-skincare-cause-more-breakouts-than-usual
During this time..
Drink more water to help flush out toxins more quickly. 20-30 minutes of exercise helps reduce toxins & improves blood circulation. Eat more Fruits, vegetables and whole foods are best during any kind of detox process. Make up users - remember to wash it off as soon as you get home.
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