Clay-based masks have been used to treat a variety of skin issues for centuries, yet in modern day society, there’s a stigma that clay is only good for oily skin. The reality is, there are several varieties of clay. While they’re all excellent choices for detoxifying the skin, they each have their own distinct properties that cater to a specific skin condition — let’s take a look.
How To Use A Clay-Based Mask
As with all masks, a clay concoction should be applied after cleansing and exfoliation (another important habit), but before toning, serum, sunscreen, lip balm, eye cream, and moisturizer steps. Unless otherwise suggested, you should apply a generous amount over your face, neck, and decollete — but avoiding the eye and lip areas. Some formulas aren’t pre-mixed (wet) and come in powder form. In this case, simply take a small amount and mix with water (or, depending on your skin type, even yogurt or a non-comedogenic face oil) until you reach a paste-like consistency.
If you have oily, acne-prone skin, you can leave the mask on for up to 20 minutes, but dry and sensitive skin types should remove the product after 10-15. If you’re not used to using a clay mask, err on the side of caution and do a patch test first. Don’t aggressively rub your face to remove the mask. Pat a warm, wet washcloth on your face to break up the product. Then rinse your face to remove the remainder of the product.
Bentonite Clay — Absorbs excess oil, but also draws impurities out of skin. Ideal for oily and acne prone skin types.
Fuller’s Earth Clay — Along with being a great oil absorber and pore detoxifying, fuller’s earth also has lightening and brightening properties, making it a good choice for those with an uneven skin tone.
Kaolin Clay — There are a variety of kaolin clays. Pink works well on acne prone skin that’s also sensitive, but ultra-sensitive skin types should opt for white or yellow kaolin clays.
French Green Clay — This one stop shop tightens pores, absorbs oil, boosts circulation, reduces inflammation, and evens out the skin tone. It’s also known for its anti-aging benefits.
Rassoul Clay — This pore purifier is also has calming and an subtle hydrating benefits, so it’s suitable for most skin types.