Are you always on the lookout to improve your skincare routine? Clay masks have been used as a skincare product since the ancient times because it offers so many benefits. Keep reading to learn more about clay and how you can level up your skincare by adding a clay mask to your routine.
What Is A Clay Mask?
Clay is a naturally occurring substance that is found in the earth—from volcanic ash or soil. Clay contains minerals that are believed to be able to absorb oil and other impurities from the skin, as well as prevent acne. Some of the most popular clay masks are kaolin or white clay with bentonite or volcanic clay. Clays are most commonly used as masks, but it can also be used in other products like scrubs, facial cleansers, and creams.
8 Benefits Of Clay Masks
1. Draws Out Impurities
Dead skin cells, dirt, pollution, and oil build up on the skin if not properly removed which causes breakouts. This is why exfoliation is an important part of skincare routines for any skin type. Clay masks are a gentle but effective way to exfoliate the skin. It pulls out impurities from deep in the pores that normal cleansers cannot reach.
2. Improves Complexion
Dull skin may be caused by the accumulation of dead skin cells and dirt on your skin. To keep skin looking radiant, you need to regularly remove dead skin and other impurities. Exfoliating your skin with a clay mask regularly, but not too much, will improve your complexion. Be careful, however, because exfoliating your skin too much will strip it of its protective layer resulting in dull skin. Using a clay mask once or twice a week should be sufficient.
3. Absorbs Excess Oil
Clay masks are often recommended to people with oily skin because it absorbs excess oils on the skin’s surface. This helps oily skin in multiple ways, such as that it unclogs pores and leaves the skin looking more matte for a longer period. Clay masks are a great way to manage oily skin.
4. Minimizes Pores
One common skin issue is large pores, which could be caused by oily skin but also by dehydrated skin. Pores appear larger when it is clogged with dirt and dead skin cells. In some cases, blackheads may also develop in enlarged pores. These can be avoided by regular exfoliation with a clay mask. A clay mask will remove dirt and other impurities that may clog up your pores, making your pores appear smaller.
5. Managing Breakouts
Dirt, pollution, and dead skin cells are the root of most skin issues, including breakouts. These things could irritate and infect the pores, causing pimples. So, breakouts caused by dirt and pollution are preventable with regular cleansing and exfoliation with a clay mask.
6. Soothe Irritated Skin
If you have skin conditions like contact dermatitis or eczema or if you simply have sensitive skin, clay masks may help soothe irritation or inflammation. Clay masks are believed to also stimulate blood circulation, which helps relieve irritation and inflammation, as well as promotes faster healing.
7. Oxygenates Skin Cells
Skin needs oxygen to stay healthy and supple. However, pores are often clogged, so oxygen cannot penetrate the skin. Clay masks helps oxygenate the skin—it helps remove hydrogen to allow oxygen to penetrate. Adequate oxygen in the skin stimulates blood circulation while promoting the repair and maintenance of skin cells. All these contribute toward healthier, glowing skin.
8. Get Rid Of Body Odor
If you are struggling with bad body odor, you may try detoxing your underarms with a clay mask. A clay mask will draw out toxins and impurities in your underarms that cause body odor. You can use clay masks to control body odor when you transition to using natural deodorants or use it as a regular part of your routine for your underarms.
If you enjoyed reading about how adding clay to your beauty routine can be advantageous, then you might also like our article on exfoliation.