Most clay masks aren’t formulated for everyday use. As with all skincare rules, how often you use a mask depends on your skin and the product you’re using.
Most people have delicate skin that tolerates one to two clay masks a week, so it’s best to space out your masking to ensure your efforts are successful. However, some people with tougher skin can handle masking three or four times per week.
The best thing you can do is research. Read the packaging to see how often the manufacturer recommends the mask and go from there. It largely depends on the active ingredients in the clay mask and how your skin reacts to them.
Another thing to consider is your daily life and schedule. If you are experiencing a certain level of stress, now might be the right time to start incorporating a clay mask to boost your self-care regimen.
If you are working in a busy city, you may need to use a cleansing mask more often.
If you have dry skin, you may not use clay masks as often as other people do. A clay mask is likely to dry out your skin even more than other types.
When you’re struggling with dry skin, be sure to apply a good moisturizer and avoid thicker masks to preserve the moisture you have.
If you have mature skin, apply a clay mask no more than twice per week. As masks can dry out your skin, this dryness might make your skin appear even older and bring out the fine lines and wrinkles you most likely are trying to hide.
Now, as far as how long you should leave the mask on, follow the packaging instructions.
While most clay masks are somewhat similar, they vary, and you want to get the best results possible.
In general, you shouldn’t leave the mask on for longer than 15 minutes. If you wear the mask for a shorter amount of time, you may use the mask on a more frequent basis. And masking is relaxing, so we all want to squeeze it in when we can.
Other Clay Face Mask Mistakes You May Be Making
You may be using your clay mask with the best of intentions, but sometimes, we all fall prey to making minor mistakes in our application that cost us hard-earned skincare results.
There are some common mistakes that you may be making with your clay mask, so let’s explore what they could be.
Mistake: You’re using the wrong kind of face mask.
People often think that any mask that looks good is going to work for their skin. And this usually isn’t the case.
While a hydrating mask may be suitable for one person with dry skin, it won’t work for another person with super oily skin. Make sure that you’re choosing the products that are going to work best for you.
There are three types of clay used in clay masks (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava), and each one has a different use.
Mistake: You Aren’t Washing Your Hands Before You Mask.
You need to wash your hands before applying your mask, even if you aren’t using your fingers to apply it.
A clean flat foundation brush is the best way to prevent the spreading of dirt and grime across your face. It also makes cleanup a lot easier.
Mistake: You Are Applying Your Mask Over Makeup and Dirt.
You need to cleanse your skin before you apply a mask, too. Your skin should be free from dirt, bacteria, and makeup. If not, your clay mask won’t be able to penetrate your skin deeply and remove the impurities you’re targeting.
Mistake: You Aren’t Reading the Instructions:
It’s pretty easy to apply a clay mask, but the instructions for individual masks differ quite a bit. Remember, even slight differences make a difference. So read the instructions on the packaging to ensure that you know what you are doing.
Some masks tell you to apply them to a wet face, whereas others should be applied to dry skin. Should you use upwards motions, downwards motions, or circular motions? It all matters.
Mistake: You Aren’t Using the Right Amount of Product.
Another reason to read the label is that it will tell you how much to use. Some people won’t use enough of their mask, and it will be spread too thin across the skin and not have the maximum effects. On the other hand, if you use too much, the mask won’t dry properly.
Mistake: You Aren’t Washing It Off Properly.
Use gentle, warm water to wash off your mask. Don’t use a cleanser or micellar water to remove a clay mask.
Mistake: You Are Masking At The Wrong Time.
You shouldn’t put on a clay mask when you are so tired that you may fall asleep, as this could create a ton of problems. Sometimes, mask instructions will tell you when the best time to apply it is, while others won’t.
You can pretty much apply a clay mask at any time, but it is best to wear it when you have taken your makeup off for the day and when you don’t need to go anywhere for a few hours, as some masks might make your skin red.
Mistake: You Aren’t Spot Testing.
If you have sensitive skin, you need to spot test your forearm or neck before trying the mask on your face. This helps to prevent embarrassing redness.
Mistake: You Leave It on For Too Long.
Once again, make sure to read the bottle. If you keep your clay mask on for too long, you could be doing more damage than good to your beautiful, delicate skin. Your mask could dry out your skin, cause irritation, and even tear your skin when you take it off! The first few times you mask, err on the side of caution and wear it for the minimum recommended time.
Mistake: You Aren’t Following Up.
While a mask is quite effective on its own, you need to follow it up with a moisturizer, or you could fall victim to dry skin.
Use a moisturizer developed for your skin, and use it on the areas where you put the mask first. Some problem areas where people forget to moisturize include the nose, eyebrow area, and under the chin.
Mistake: You Are Using the Same Mask All Over Your Face.
There are distinct areas of your face that have different problems. You may want to section off your face and use different clay masks to target oily areas, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and dry areas, for example. Some people will mix and match and apply two to three masks to their faces at a time.
Mistake: You Aren’t Prepping Your Skin.
Before you put on a mask, you need to prep your face. Some masks will require you to steam your skin, so you open your pores for the mask to adhere better.
Others will tell you to ensure that your skin is bone dry for better results.
8 Tips for Gorgeous Skin WITHOUT Expensive Products!
Ahh, skin. And the things we do to our skin! Women (especially) are forever searching for the best fix to give them glowing, clear, wrinkle-free, healthy skin. I was inspired to write about creating glowing skin today because a friend and client came over for lunch, and she glowed!
She simply has among the most luminescent skin I’ve ever seen, without makeup! Many of us are not so lucky.
It got me thinking how most of us (most definitely including me!) have to put a lot of effort into making our skin look good. Still, many of the products and procedures available on today’s market leave me shaking my head. Most of the products on the market today are filled with preservatives and chemicals I wouldn’t want to put on my skin.
Many of the most effective products are also usually really expensive, more than a hundred dollars for a single product expensive!
Let’s find out glowing skin is within your reach. I’m sharing my best tips for gorgeous skin!
Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. It is the body’s largest organ, and it is an elimination organ. Toxins inside your body can take a toll on your skin.
If your body cannot move enough of the toxins out of the body through healthy and consistent elimination, you can see the effects on the outside of your body with skin that appears dull, dry and less radiant.
It is naturally reflected in your skin when you eat foods with chemicals, toxic ingredients, and rancid oils. The Beauty Detox Solution creates health and beauty because it has a strong element of detoxification to it.
When you detoxify your body, the results show on your skin!
Detoxification is an ongoing process.
When you eat lots of fibre, eat foods that support your body’s organs, and natural detoxification pathways, periodic cleanses that are properly designed and conducted can help launch you into a healthier long-term lifestyle.
Discover how my Feel Good Detoxy 2.0 can naturally help you eliminate toxins from your digestive system while promoting wellness and optimal digestion.
We’ve all heard the adage. You are what you eat. While this is true throughout your body, it is especially visible on your skin.
Eating toxic, chemical-laden foods can show up on your skin, leaving it dull, dry and flaky. Poor nutrition can also speed up wrinkling and cause breakouts.
Picture of fruits and vegetables with a smoothie next to it
Nourishing your healthy skin begins from the inside with the foods you eat. Because the skin is an organ, it requires nutrients to maintain vibrant health.
I get into this topic a lot in my Beauty Detox Foods book, with more specific information on combating dry skin, dull skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and acne, and how to create radiant skin from a base of these problematic skin issues.
Keeping your skin clean is also important. Many people use harsh cleansers that can strip the skin of important hydration and leave it dull. I don’t recommend using very drying cleansers or regular soaps on your face. Use a mild cleanser instead, and find one that contains only natural ingredients.
Because I have oily skin and used to battle acne, I used to think I needed a stronger cleanser. But my Feel Good Cleanser gently cleans my face without stripping the natural oils from my skin. Plus, it works for all skin types.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells on the surface of your skin that can cause dullness. You don’t need to buy expensive products or use harsh chemical exfoliators, however.
You probably have a natural skin exfoliation agent right now in your kitchen: oatmeal.
Oatmeal both soothes and exfoliates. To make an oatmeal exfoliation mask, mix ¾ cups of ground oat groats (grind them in the food processor) or steel-cut oatmeal with 1/3 cup of warm water and spread it on your skin. Allow it to dry, and then rinse off with warm water.
Another great natural exfoliator for the skin is raw organic apple cider vinegar. It contains alpha-hydroxy acids and can also balance the skin’s pH. To use, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and apply it to your skin with a cotton ball. Sit for five minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Drink 16-32+ ounces of Glowing Green Smoothie, which is hydrating and has many enzymes and nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eat a lot of raw foods that contain their water, like salads containing lots of brightly coloured vegetables.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating.
Take in extra fluids on hot days, when you are ill or stressed, and when you exercise vigorously.
Sunlight is important because it supplies valuable vitamin D. To that end, you do need to get about 10 minutes of sunlight each day on unprotected skin to allow your body to synthesize vitamin D.
Too much sunlight, however, can be harmful, just like anything in excess. Practice healthy sun habits, such as covering up and wearing a hat.
Keeping your blood flowing and promoting lymph drainage can help keep your skin glowing! Dry brushing is a technique that improves circulation and promotes lymph draining.
One of the benefits of healthy skin is not having to wear a lot of makeup. I don’t wear it all the time, but I love my favourite products, like makeup from Vapour.
It’s natural and non-toxic, and a little bit of the Aura Multi-Use Stain on the apple of your cheeks can brighten your whole face. It’s doesn’t make you break out – I’ve even worn it to a sweaty yoga class in the middle of an afternoon, and I don’t break out.
There are also other organic makeup brands that I would recommend that will get you the glowing, healthy skin you want. A lot of makeup brands contain toxins and chemicals that can clog skin, even so-called mineral brands. So choose your products judiciously.
Improve Skin Texture Are the Key to Flawless Skin
Skin texture isn’t one of those qualities that immediately comes to mind when thinking about the ideal complexion. A blemish and blackhead-free appearance, sure, but even texture?
That description would likely fall far down on your list—if getting a mention at all. But as it turns out, focusing on your skin’s texture is essential to picture-perfect skin.
Sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins are often the most guilty reasons for uneven texture, pinpointing symptoms like dry patches and red bumps.1
Furthermore, the thinness of facial skin makes it more likely for signs of aging to appear here before other areas of the body, exacerbating those symptoms even more. Given all of this, why is it that skin texture isn’t often considered in our regimens?
Well, its symptoms might often be confused with other classifications like skin tone, which focuses more on pigmentation, or they might be seen as issues that can only be solved at a dermatologist’s office.
And while in-office laser treatments shouldn’t be off the table, especially to treat chronic problems with texture, we found exactly how to improve skin texture to help remedy most issues at home. Once you start using them, we’re sure you’ll notice how your skin has improved.