5 Mistakes to Avoid With Clay Masks
If you’ve ever wanted to do your ownat-home facial spa, chances are you’ve tried a few clay masks and know the drill.
Apply all over your face, leave it on until it’s dried out (how else are you going to know all the oil’s been soaked up?) and wash it off.
Uhhhh... not exactly.
Look, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but when it comes to clay masks, they'll do better for your skin when used the right way.
Let's take a look at 5 mistakes to avoid with clay masks.
Before we look at mistakes to avoid, let’s have a quick refresher on why clay masks can be a great part of our skincare routines.
Not understanding what clay masks are made to do - clay masks are made with oil control and pore care in mind.
While some clays (eg. pink) are more hydrating compared to others, a common misconception is that clay masks are also hydrating. If you’re looking for a boost of hydration, there are plenty of mask optionsavailable! Sleeping masks are one ultra-hydrating option, like Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask.
Clay masks, however, are not of the same category.
Overusing clay masks - Because they’re so effective with drawing out oil and impurities, there’s a strong temptation to clay mask all the time.
Less oil, less problems right?
Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. Less oil equals...drier skin if you overdo it.
The effect of overmasking with a clay mask is real and despite the temptation, can strip skin of the oils it needs. Using a clay mask more than 1-3 times a week can open the door to potential skin issues arising.
Letting a mask dry out or crack on your face
While it’s a lot of fun to leave a clay mask on until it’s dry and crackly, all the masking benefits ended a while ago. Clay masks have different effects throughout their application.
So ignore all those photos of girls in dried out pink clay masks on Instagram and keep to 5-10 minutes for your mask. As soon as you feel it drying on your face, it's time to wash it off.
Only ever using a mask all over your face
Your face is unique, and your skincare should be too! If you’re finding that your skin feels more oily in some areas over others (like your T-Zone), you can use clay masks like a spot treatment for more dedicated sebum control.
Using a clay mask as your only skincare product
As with all masks, clay masks are just one part of a holistic skincare routine. With fresh clean pores, make sure your skin is living its best life with follow up products to nourish and hydrate.
What to use afterwards?
This clay mask is one of the most famous Korean beauty products, in effect making it a go-to favourite for oily, acne prone skin.
Made from volcanic clay, this mask vacuums out oil and impurities for a fresher, cleaner face.
This soothing pink clay mask is especially perfect for calming irritated skin, as much as it’s effective for removing dead skin and minimising the apppearance of pores.
If you love pink clay and are looking for a skin detox, this mask is a particularly suitable choice.
For drier skin types, Holo Dream is perfect because it offers the benefits of gentle a clay mask but in a nourishing cream formula that won't dry out your skin.
Because it contains zero fragrances (not even essential oils), it's ideal for those with compromised skin barriers, damage, irritation and sensitivity.
This mask works a little differently to regular clay masks because it offers a subtle holo shimmer that stays after you finish masking. This function acts to blur your pores and is also the perfect base for makeup.
How do you use clay masks? Let us know in the comments!
"By drawing out excess oil on the skin’s surface, clay masks help to manage sebum production and reduce excess shine."- STYLE STORY Kbeauty
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