How To Use A Clay Mask

Start by transforming your fresh powder mask into a creamy paste using a liquid. Our powder masks are housed in a very special violet glass that preserves the clays and fresh herbs.

We keep them in powder form as it allows us to avoid the use of fillers and harsh preservatives that can harm your skin. So the little bit of extra effort on your end is worth all the skin and health benefits of avoiding harmful synthetics required when water is present in cosmetic formulas.

The most basic way to activate your mask is by mixing it with hot spring water. If you can, avoid using tap water as it may have irritating chemicals or contaminants that will negatively impact your skin.

We recommend using hot water as it will activate the herbs, very much like steeping a tea. Always begin by adding a small amount of liquid, a quarter tsp or less at a time, mixing and adding more until the perfect consistency is achieved.

Try to avoid making the mistake of adding too much water at first, as that will dilute the mask, and the only way to fix that situation is to add more powder to the mix. Allow the mask to steep for 1-2 minutes and test the temperature with your finger before applying.

How To Customize Your Clay Mask

One of the main benefits of using a powder mask instead of one that comes pre-hydrated is that it allows you to customize the treatment to the needs of your skin at that moment.

You decide if the mask will be an extraction mask, moisture mask, or exfoliating mask, or a little bit of everything.

Here are four ways to customize your Root Science mask depending on your skins needs.

To give you an idea, I usually mask 2-3 times per week. I know that may seem like a lot, but when it comes to using our masks, they are powerful but also very gentle. There are no synthetics or harsh preservatives, so you can use them frequently.

You will notice results almost immediately if this is your first time masking, but understand that a consistent routine of masking weekly will have the most profound effect on your complexion and improve your skin over time, without any side effects. We are proponents of the slow and steady approach as it yields long term results and supports optimal skin health.

Your skin barrier is sensitive, so if you shock it with intensive treatments, you can throw it out of balance. Signs that indicate your skin is being stressed or imbalanced include excess oil production, rashes, bumps or dry patches. These signs are your skin telling you "too much too fast". Slow and steady is the way to go, very much like exercise.

You'll begin to notice a smoother, more even-toned complexion and smaller pores. And no, you can't change the size of your pores, but the masks will absorb the debris and help to unclog your pores, keeping your pore size to a minimum.

  • Add raw honey to create a skin-softening enzyme mask.
  • Add plain yogurt to create a cooling + probiotic mask.
  • Add 1-2 pumps of facial oil to create a deep moisture replenishing mask.
  • Add green tea instead of water for an extraction mask with an astringent and antioxidant boost. Use leftover green tea, re-steep and add to clay mask powder.

How To Apply And Remove Clay Masks

Once you have your clay mask of choice in hand and are ready to go, it's time to apply. Follow these instructions to apply your mask and remove it with no mess. Your skin will be glowing in no time!

STEP #1: CLEANSE YOUR SKIN

Before putting on your clay mask, cleanse your complexion to help remove dirt, oils, and makeup from the surface of your skin. Try using the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, or L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser.

Each of these cleansers lifts dirt and impurities out of your pores without drying out your skin. Starting with a clean base will help the clay masks reach their maximum level of effectiveness.

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STEP #2: APPLY AN EVEN LAYER

When it comes to using a clay mask, you don't need to slather your face in a ton of product. A thin, even layer of whichever mask you're using will do. If you don't mind getting a little dirty, use your (clean) hands to spread the mask over your face.

If you'd rather keep things tidy, try using a mask brush or repurpose a foundation brush. By dipping the brush into the mask and painting it onto your face, you'll not only avoid a mess but also be able to apply a perfectly thin layer of your mask of choice.

STEP #3: WAIT 10-15 MINUTES

Take this time to sit back and relax! Listen to your favourite playlist or podcast while you leave your clay mask on for 10-15 minutes.

Other potential post-mask application activities could include watching TV, painting your nails, or even using a hair mask. After all, one mask is never enough. Let your hair join in on the fun with a hydrating hair mask that's totally on-trend, like the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask.

STEP #4: RINSE

And you were just starting to get comfortable, right? By now, the mask should feel firm on your skin—and that means it is time to take it off!

Wet a washcloth with lukewarm water and gently wipe the clay mask off of your face in circular motions. Be sure to get all of the clay masks—that means double-checking your hairline, eyebrows, and nostrils.

STEP #5: PAT DRY

Once you've made sure all of the clay mask has been removed, take a clean, dry towel and lightly blot your skin until it's just slightly damp. You and your skin should feel rejuvenated and revived.

STEP #6: USE A LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER

Keep showing your skin love by applying a water-based moisturizer for your skin type. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, and L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.

These moisturizers will complement all the work the clay mask did, leaving you with a hydrated, healthy complexion.

STEP #7: REPEAT THE PROCESS A FEW TIMES A WEEK

The best part about this whole process? You get to do it again! Our clay masks should be used 2-3 times a week for best results, so go ahead and treat yourself to using one again and again. Making a clay mask part of your consistent skincare routine will keep your pores clean and help address various skincare concerns, from large pores to dry spots.

As long as you follow each of these steps for choosing the right mask, applying it, and removing it, you'll see a noticeable change in no time with just a little bit of consistency.

Benefits of a Clay Mask

Quality Clay Masks are Natural

One of the major problems with today's skincare products is that they often contain very harsh and sometimes even toxic ingredients.

Ingredients like BPA, synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, parabens, phthalates, and others are linked to everything from skin irritation to chronic disease.

Quality clay masks are a completely natural way to cleanse, purify, exfoliate, and spruce up your skin without the use of harsh chemicals or irritating additives.

While a pre-mixed hydrated clay face mask may seem to be a time-saver, always prepare your own masks from powdered clays. A clay mask that comes hydrated in a jar requires water. In order for a pre-hydrated clay mask to have a long shelf life, there must be a preservative.   

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Provides Natural Gentle Exfoliation 

Day after day, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leaving it feeling rough, looking dull, and may lead to breakouts.

Clay masks offer a gentle, natural way to exfoliate your skin.

The fine abrasiveness of clay particles and the natural silica found in clay can help remove the build-up of dead skin cells, allowing new, fresh skin to be exposed. This helps foster a more youthful and healthy-looking complexion.  

Offers Gentle Cleansing

If your complexion is sensitive, problematic or simply feeling dull and strained, it requires a cleansing method that is effective yet gentle. The proper clay mask can gently cleanse, purify, decongest, and even soothe sensitive or irritated skin. 

Increases Circulation and Oxygenation

A facial clay mask can stimulate circulation, which in turn helps deliver vital oxygen to skin cells giving an energizing boost to the complexion.

Properly oxygenated skin cells can help even out skin tone for a clearer complexion.

An increase in circulation can help heal and restore damaged skin and is helpful in preventing breakouts and maintaining a healthy, youthful-looking complexion. 

Brightens the Complexion

Throughout the day, dirt, oil, pollution, and other impurities build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your skin looking dull and lifeless. The lack of proper cleansing and exfoliation can lead to a sluggish complexion. Using a clay mask one or two times a week can help keep your complexion looking fresh and bright. 

Unclogs and Shrinks Skin Pores

Beautiful looking skin is often equated with a minimized appearance of pores. Vanity aside, smaller pores typically indicate healthy skin.

As facial pores become clogged from everyday pollution, dirt, oil, bacteria, and other impurities, they become enlarged, which can lead to blackheads and breakouts.

As a clay mask dries, your skin begins to tighten. The clay is "soaking up" excess oil and debris from your pores. As the facial clay mask rids pores of dirt and oil, the pores tighten and will feel and look clean, which helps reduce their appearance.

When pores are smaller and more refined, your skin tone will appear more even, and your complexion will look clear, smooth, and healthy. 

Aids in Hydration 

An important component of a healthy skin care routine is moisturizing. Moisture and hydration help skin to appear smooth, supple, healthy, and youthful.

The moisture from hydrated clay masks can penetrate into the skin to induce a "plumping" effect that helps the complexion to look more smooth and youthful.

A clay face mask will also help with moisturization. By unclogging pores, a clay face mask helps the moisturizing ingredients in your face oil or cream to penetrate deeper into the skin. 

If your skin feels too tight or dry after using a clay mask, be sure to follow with a moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

Regulates Sebum Production, Breakouts and Excess Shine

Our skin naturally produces oil to moisturize and protect itself – it is known as sebum.

When our skin is irritated or exposed to stress, pollution, or other impurities, it can overproduce sebum, resulting in acne, breakouts, and blemishes.

Clogged pores are the main culprits of blemishes.

When dead skin cells combine with excess sebum and other impurities like bacteria, makeup, and everyday dirt, pores become congested, which often results in blemishes and acne. 

A clay mask can work wonders in helping to keep your complexion under control by "soaking up" excess oil from the skin's surface and clearing out clogged pores.

This not only rids skin of acne-causing impurities but also reduces surface shine and contributes to a more matte-like complexion. 

Delivers Soft, Smooth, Radiant Skin

Clays contain many helpful minerals. One mineral that is abundantly found in clay is silica, an important skin-enhancing nutrient.

Silica is required to manufacture connective tissue such as muscle, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, collagen, skin, and bone.

When used topically, clays gives skin a smooth, silky appearance. Silica not only helps remove dead skin cells and debris with its gentle abrasiveness but may also provide the skin with important nutrients.

Clay masks can also help stimulate circulation, which increases the oxygen supply to the skin. The increased oxygen helps the skin have a natural, healthy radiance. 

Creates a Calming and Relaxing Experience

Who doesn't love an expensive spa day? We all do, of course, but not all of us have the luxury to visit the spa as often as we'd like.

Enter clay masks and their ability to upgrade any ordinary skin routine into a spa day! Not only do they work wonders on our complexion, but using clay masks is a ritual that requires you to slow down, relax and dedicate some time to yourself.