Get fresh, smooth, glowing skin with mud and clay masks.
While there are multitudes of innovative products available to enhance the beauty of your skin, there are some which come straight from mother earth and produce fantastic beauty and pampering indulgences: mud and clay. A mineral-rich mud or clay face mask deep cleans and purifies skin, while increasing circulation and stimulating cell renewal, resulting in fresh, smooth, glowing skin. Mud and clay masks are similar as they both come from the earth; however, the benefits are somewhat different.
Mud masks improve circulation, cleanse impurities, moisturize and refresh tired skin. Mud masks also serve to repair skin tissue, making it appear younger. A mud mask is nutrient-rich and contains anti-aging and skin-healing properties.
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Mud Mask is a non-drying mud mask that purifies skin as it hydrates. Frankincense and myrrh extracts help to soothe skin by moisturizing, nourishing and providing deep hydration for dry skin.
April’s Dead Sea Mud Mask with Activated Charcoal is a deep cleansing face mask used for the reduction of pores, blackheads and acne and also rejuvenates, smooths and moisturizes skin.
Clay masks are beneficial for oily skin. In addition to drying effects, clay masks tighten sagging skin, exfoliate dead skin cells and refine enlarged pores. There are a number of types of clays available for face masks. The main difference between them being the unique minerals found within each type.
Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask by fresh is used as an instant purifying mask and deep cleanser. It contains Umbrian clay, which has a high mineral content that helps purify and clarify complexion.
HERBIVORE BOTANICALS Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask is a beautifying and skin-softening mask that contains rosehip, rich in essential fatty acids to regenerate skin cells and repair damage.
OLAY Fresh Reset Pink Mineral Complex Clay Face Mask Sticks are formulated with kaolin clay to remove skin-dulling impurities. Its stick form lets you precisely target specific areas of your face. Great for those with combination oily/dry skin.
L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Mask is formulated to act like a magnet to clean out pores, draw-out and capture deep impurities and leave skin feeling clean, velvety and rebalanced.
Try these homemade recipes to check out the benefits before you shop for products:
Mix 1/2 cup of Dead Sea mud with three drops of chamomile oil, one drop of peppermint oil and four drops of lavender oil. Apply a thin coat to face and let dry for up to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Combine 1 tablespoon of dry facial clay with 2 teaspoons of crushed peppermint leaves and 2 teaspoons of finely ground oatmeal. Add 3 tablespoons of water and mix to form a thick paste. Apply to the face and let dry for up to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
As with any application of substance to the body, too much can be bad. Do not use mud or clay masks more often than once a week to avoid dehydrating or irritating the skin.