As a kid, do you remember getting mud on your skin and having it dry? It would leave a tight, uncomfortable feeling. Who would have guessed that as an adult, you would pay money for that. Of course, it’s not the same type of mud, but the concept is similar.
Difference Between Clay And Mud Mask
Clay and mud masks have many similar benefits with some slight differences. Mud masks are more of a skin-healing and hydrating agent. It contains minerals and nutrients that moisturizes and repairs. Clay masks are a drying agent which is more ideal for those with oily and acne-prone skin.
Benefits Of Clay And Mud Masks
Cleanses - When mud/clay masks dry, it draws out dirt, oil, impurities, and toxins from the pores.
Nourishes - Many of the mud/clay masks come from the earth, which is rich in salt, minerals, and nutrients that are absorbed by the body for healthier skin. It also draws out toxicity. Some clays such as bentonite clay can effectively bind to heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead, and benzene as well as other environmental pollutants and eliminate them from the body’s tissues.
Improve Circulation - Mud masks improve skin oxygenation and stimulate blood circulation for a glowing complexion.
Tightens Skin - Mud/clay masks tighten skin and shrinks pores for the appearance of smoother skin and fewer wrinkles.
Absorbs Oil - Clay masks works like a sponge. It absorbs excess oil that has been drawn out of the skin resulting in less buildup in the pores. It reduces shine for a more mattified complexion.
How To Apply Clay/Mud Masks
Wash and thoroughly dry the skin. Apply an even thin layer over the face either with your fingers or a brush avoiding the eye are. With masks, applying a thicker layer doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be more effective. Let the clay/mud completely dry. It will turn light in color but should not flake. It may take 10-30 minutes depending on the consistency of the mud/clay. Rinse with warm water. Use a washcloth to remove any lingering residue.