Friday, September 5, 2014

Skincare Basics : Clay Mask

Hello, lovelies~ Have you heard of clay mask? No, not the ones that you made out of clay during ancient times and use it to scare the living daylights out of people. 
Not this clay mask.
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Clay mask that uses different types of healing clays to aid the skin in its worst conditions. Acne, clogged pores, and excess sebum are just a few of the problems that can be rid of using clay masks.

Question is, " Which one is suitable for me? ", you ask.

I can't really answer that with absolute confidence since every individual is blessed with different skin types and different skin reactions. However, I can explain briefly there different types of clays that are usually present in commercial clay masks and how they work in treating acne.

How they work

Clay masks are essentially loaded with minerals that has a healing factor for the skin. It is able to draw out any impurities, such as dirt, excess oils, bacteria, toxins and even water. That is why they can be quite drying to people with dry skin.

Who benefits from clay masks

People with blackheads are the ones that may benefit from a clay mask because of the clay's ability to 'suck up' all the blackheads that are forming inside the pores.

I have already explained what blackheads are, but if you're still unsure, you can check out the post right here.

In order to remove most of the blackheads, dilligence is the key. The clay mask must be applied routinely every week for three to four times, depending on the state of your skin. Otherwise, the blackheads are just going to have a home and stay there.

You can remove blackheads with other procedures like facial, serums, or even microdermabrasion, but if there are less expensive methods, why not try that first, right?

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Once the clay mask is rinsed off, it takes away the dead skin cells and (some) blackheads that are present on the surface of the skin. Kinda like a pore strip, but gentler.

Types of clay

Rhassoul clay (Moroccan Red) contains silica, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, lithium, and trace elements. It has been used by Moroccan women in the eighth century to care for their skin and hair.

Bentonite clay is one of the common type of clays that is often used in commercial clay masks. This clay consists mostly of a mineral called montmorillonite. 

Fuller's Earth clay has been said to be one of the most powerful in terms of drawing out impurities from the skin. This property makes it the clay of choice for people with oily skin that's also prone to acne.

Green Clay consists of Magnesium, Phosphorous, Calcium, Potassium, Silica, Manganese, Copper, Silicon and Selenium, making it suitable for people with acne prone skin.

Kaolin clay (White Clay) is rich in minerals containing magnesium, silica, calcium and zinc. Unlike the other clays, this one is the gentlest among them. 

How to apply

Depending on one's skin type, the clays can be mixed with other ingredients that is also beneficial for the skin. I usually just mix water or cooled green tea with kaolin clay, but you can add toners, honey, oats, etc.

Oatmeals in a jar and kaolin and water mixed to make a clay mask

I start from the center of my face, working my way out, using either my fingers or a brush. After I coated my face evenly with the clay mask, I wait for it to reach the point of nearly drying. Usually, I just touched my face and when it's still sticky and half dried, I rinsed it off. I don't wait for it to dry completely because that causes my skin to dry out to the point that there's flaky skin. 

How often 

There is no standard to this and I know that mostly everyone just does it once a week. I don't. I usually do it 3 times a week because of my oily skin. I feel that three times a week helps to clear any blackheads and reduce any excess oil I have on my face. It also helps to treat my acne up to the point that it kept my skin clear during my period!

A bowl of clay mask with oatmeal in the background

There are a handful of commercial clay mask that are available in drugstores nowadays. However, most clay masks on the shelves contains fillers that are just there to bulk up the product and/or essential oil that have the potential to irritate my skin. Some even have an unreasonable price for such a small amount! Thus, I prefer making my own clay masks for a fraction of the price. Maybe a DIY clay mask is coming on this blog. Maybe. ^_^

What do you think of clay masks? 

Do you love it or hate it?

Let me know what you think about them in the comments below. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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  1. Beli clay masknya dimana ci? itu jualnya per 100gr? aku juga pengen beli, masih biingung mau yg red atau green clay. :(

    1. Aku beli di toko kimia, kalo yang red/green itu masih blm ada di sini. :(

    2. di FB ada tuh ci yang jual. Namanya Organic Natural Shop. Siapa tau mau beli. hehe

  2. Ci phanie clay masknya beli dmn? Thank you..

  3. Replies
    1. Iya, emang di SBY ga ada toko kimia, Sab? ?.?

    2. Ada kok.. Tp ngga pernah kesana dan nanya.. Tar kalo lewat t cb mampir ci :) hehehe

  4. Great information, shared. Coming by from Lifestyle Bloggers Group on FB.

  5. This article is so helpful...I love using clay masks...we have this trend of using fuller's earth masks in India which is great for skin