The use of clay masks as part of a daily skincare regiment can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt. Clay has a variety of therapeutic properties that soothe, heal and protect the skin. Even today, clay therapy is used because of its vast benefits. Many issues can be remedied when it is applied topically.
Here are the 5 different benefits of clay mask exfoliation:
1. As an anti-bacterial
Clay masks binds with toxins and pathogens and expel them naturally from the body. Clay also binds to surface bacteria and goes deep into the pores to extract dried up impurities. They are washed away from the skin. The entire process gives rise to friendly microflora while ridding the body of toxins.
2. Detoxification and skin purification
Clay has wonderful detoxification properties. Again, the strong electrical charge in clay binds to toxins like pollutants, heavy metals, chemicals and other types of environmental pollutants. Actually, there literally thousands of impurities that can be expelled by the use of clay. Because so many things in the environment can have a negative impact on the skin, pores can become inflamed. A the end of the day, the detoxing will make your skin feel fresh, clean and anew.
3. Oxygenation of cells
While clay pulls toxins from the skin cells, it also removes hydrogen to make more room for oxygen. The oxygen rejuvenates the skin tissue and gives the skin a healthy glow.
4. Unclogging of skin pores
This is one of the biggest problems with the skin. Pores can become blocked by a number of environmental factors and even things we put on our skin like makeup. When excess sebum is on your skin, it causes the pores to widen. Clay masks will help shrink pores after the removal of dirt and bacteria. After a clay mask application, you will literally feel your pores shrinking and tightening as the clay dries. Over time, the shrinking of your pores will become visibly noticeable. If you’re already living a healthy lifestyle, the effects will be seen much sooner.
5. Achieve softer, smoother, glowing skin
While clay will help with many deep-rooted skin problems, it can also help improve the overall look of your skin. Clay has the nutrient silica, which is very abundant. The problem is, most people don’t get enough of it in their daily diet. When the body has enough silica, it supports strong, connective tissues and a softer, more youthful appearance. The use of clay masks is a good way to get more silica into the body. You will notice a more pearl-like glow to your face in no time.
Some of the best clay masks available include Bentonite clay, Fuller’s Earth Clay, Kaolin clay, French Green Clay and Rassoul Clay. You can get clay mask treatments at any spa or you can simply purchase a jar of clay mask at any local drug store. If you want, you can whip up your own homemade mask.
The key to a successful mask is keeping the clay wet. Clays are only active while moist. It’s a good idea continually spritz toner on your skin while the clay is still wet to enjoy the full benefits.
You can also make your own clay mask at home. Just mix equal parts of clay powder with purified water. Add in a few drops of lavender oil. Apply it to your face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Afterwards, it’s always a good idea to add a light moisturizer to protect the skin. To get the best results, do a clay mask at least twice a week.