If you have oily or combination skin, you’re probably already very well versed in the benefits of clay for the skin (if you have super dry or hypersensitive skin – you can skip this note). Clay has been used in skincare for centuries, mainly due to its proficiency in drawing impurities, dirt and grime to the skin’s surface, soothing inflammation and as a deep, clarifying cleanser. For these very reasons, it’s most commonly found in facemasks and body soap.
Clay’s main superpower is clarity: it thoroughly cleanses pores while lifting impurities to the surface and drying any existing blemishes. If dull, congested, oily skin is normal for you, I recommend including clay within your regime, preferably in the form of a face mask.
Paint your preferred clay mask onto skin directly after cleansing. Leave these on for 10-15 minutes and gently rinse away with warm water in gentle, circular motions. The main thing to remember when using a clay mask is to remove it before it dries out. If you do let it get to the stage where it resembles as hardened, cracked shell, this means the mask has worked a little too hard by way of drawing out excessive amounts of moisture from the skin (this causes dehydration and irritation for even the oiliest of skins– it’s a very powerful ingredient).
If you’re struggling with hormonal breakouts (these tend to appear around the chin or jawline) or imperfections in particular areas, try multi-masking (this is particularly handy for those of us with combination skin) or targeted spot treatments. Do this by limiting the application of the mask to a specific area, or in the same way you would use a blemish treatment by applying directly to the spot. MGx