If you are like us and want to be pampered, look no further than the simple, do it yourself mud masks.
You may be wondering… what is the appeal? Are mud masks actually made of mud? Do they smell bad?
What does the mud do for our skin? Can we have an allergic reaction? Rest assured.
This article will discuss all the above and more, including how to use mud masks and some helpful tips for making the most of your mud mask experience.
Mud Mask Benefits
Mud masks work very well with the chemical and physical makeup of our faces. They have been used for hundreds of years, as they are excellent for removing impurities.
Mud masks leave our faces looking and feeling clearer and healthier. And no, they do not smell bad. Here are just some of the wonderful benefits that come with using mud masks.
Luckily, mud masks involve only the simplest, and most natural ingredients, which work together to unclog pores, improve our skin’s overall appearance, and control the effects of our skin’s oils.
The mud and clay masks do not clog our pores. Rather, they are able to draw out unwanted toxins, resulting in a more even skin tone and texture.
When we really think about it, we come to realize that our faces come face-to-face (no pun intended) with a lot of oil, debris, and dirt. Our faces are designed to be able to handle this wear and tear, but only if we continue to take good care of our faces. If these particles stay on our faces, they can block our pores. This can lead to pimples and infections.
Makeup does not always help the situation. In fact, makeup can clog our pores, especially if we do not wash it off completely at the end of every day.
Mud and clay masks are able to penetrate deep into the skin, latch onto these contaminants, then pull them out. This not only cleans our skin but also heals it.
Mud masks work very simply. Once they pull the toxins out of our bodies, they bring them to the surface. When we rinse the mud masks off, we rinse these impurities away.
Clear pores are an important move against acne.
Aside from clearing out our pores, mud masks have amazing exfoliating properties. This means that they can remove dead skin cells.
When dead skin cells are removed, the living, glowing skin underneath is revealed. Over time, this gentle conditioning of the face can lead to smaller pores.
Types of Mud Masks
We have different types of faces in that some of us have more oily skin than others. Some people are also allergic to certain ingredients.
Fortunately, there are different types of mud masks that work best for each of us.
- Bentonite is a common ingredient used for skin that is oily and prone to acne. It does a great job at tightening the skin, drawing out impurities (like bacteria), and supporting clearer skin.
- Fuller’s earth is good at removing impurities and can make skin whiter. Some of us need this because of our uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.
- Then there is Kaolin clay, which is excellent for softening skin. It is one of the most gentler types of mud masks we can find, making it a good choice for those of us who have more sensitive skin.
- Finally, French green clay has special properties that allow it to absorb oil, tighten pores, exfoliate the skin, and improve circulation.
Now that we know much more about the different types of mud masks and the various mud mask benefits, we want to discuss the how-to mud mask process.
How To Mud Mask Process
It is easy to apply mud masks once we know what we are doing.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: We use our middle or ring finger to scoop up some mud. It is best if we start with an amount about the size of a dime. If we decide we want more, we can add more, which we have found is much easier than trying to remove any excess.
Step 2: We gently massage the mud onto our cheeks, forehead, chin, nose, and temples. A thinner layer is much easier to remove. A thicker layer can stay on longer because it will not dry our faces out as quickly.
Step 3: We do not apply the mud masks near our eyes because the skin around our eyes is very delicate. We also do not want to risk getting mud in our eyes, especially when it comes time for us to remove our mud masks. We have found that it is best to apply our mud masks in front of a mirror, and we try to gently (so as not to irritate the skin) cover blemishes and areas of our skin where we typically get acne.
Step 4: Then we wait for about 15 minutes, or until we notice that the mud is drying out.
Step 5: Next, we wash off our mud masks. We like to do this by taking a clean cloth made of cotton and leave it to soak in lukewarm water while the mud masks are on. We wring the cloth out and then gently rub our faces to remove the mask, rinsing the cloth as necessary. Sometimes we have to soak the cloth in hot water, then let it drape over our faces for about 30 seconds. Then our mud masks come off a little more easily.
Step 6: Once our mud masks are wiped off, we rinse and splash our faces with lukewarm water. We have found that extremely cold or hot water is too shocking.
Step 7: Finally, we take a clean soft cloth and gently pat our faces dry. Our faces are normally very sensitive by now, so we prefer to pat rather than rub our skin dry.
Mud Mask Tips
We are always up for learning new tips when it comes to effectively using our mud masks! Here are some suggestions that we have found to be very helpful:
- We like to read the ingredients to be sure that the mud masks are safe to use with our skin types. If we have dry skin, we look for masks with hydrating oils. If we have blemish-prone skin, we look for masks that are good for clearing up acne and reducing oil. If we have sensitive skin, we choose masks that have the right minerals for reducing inflammation. If we have a combination of all the above, we sometimes apply more than one type of mud mask, depending on which part of the face needs what elements.
- Some of us have long hair, so we like to tie our hair back in a ponytail. If mud does get on our hair, we simply rinse it out using a wet cloth.
- We have found that we might need to prepare our skin before we use mud masks. We like to clean or steam our faces to remove any excess oils and buildup. We have also found that it helps the mask adhere to our faces. Not to mention, steam helps to open up our pores, allowing the mud to penetrate much deeper into our skin.
- Sometimes mud masks can really dry out our skin. Therefore, some of us like to apply a facial moisturizer or oil before using mud masks. We do this by putting a couple drops onto our hands, rubbing our hands together, then placing our hands on our faces.
- After we rinse our mud masks off, we like to apply moisturizer once again. This helps our skin hydrate more quickly, which is always important for maintaining healthy skin.
- Though mud masks are amazing products, we think they should be used in moderation. Mud masks can easily dry out our skin, so we like to apply them no more than once a week. Some of us who have oily skin, however, have found that twice a week is beneficial.
- Those of us who are more prone to acne-like to apply mud to the spots on our faces that cause us the most trouble. We do this whenever we have a breakout.
Mud masks are incredibly helpful products for those of us who have problematic skin. The mud masks remove impurities, tighten pores, and clear away dead skin cells so that we may show our best side to the world.
They help our skin bounce back after long days out in the sun and dirt, and they are a simple way to pamper ourselves either alone or with a group of friends.
Mud masks are unique in that they can be beneficial to almost every single skin type out there.