Way before I got into makeup, I loved the whole pampering aspect of skincare, and I still very much enjoy it. Looking back, I’m fairly certain that face masks were actually my gateway to the beauty world. I can tell you that I’ve put on some pretty questionable masks just because they smelled nice or were prettily packaged, only to worsen my skin’s condition..eek!
Fortunately, I’m more careful with what I put on my face these days and I’ve discovered that clay masks are very effective and pleasant to use.
One of my favourite masks to calm down my overly oily and blemish-prone skin is a green clay one. I use this weekly, and sometimes, if I remember, twice a week. It’s a lovely mask that helps soothe and balance my skin, and I definitely recommend trying it if you struggle with excess sebum and breakouts.
Green clay is ideal for oily skin-types, as it’s highly absorbent and does a great job at removing excess oils, and it draws out impurities that can cause breakouts.
It gently exfoliates and leaves your skin feeling soft and bright, and if there’s a Mount Everest trying to grow on your forehead, it calms down the redness and inflammation.
The best part about this green clay mask is that it’s pretty inexpensive and easy to make at home. Usually, the whole process takes me around 15 minutes (cleanup included!).
One thing to remember is to use non-metal tools when mixing your mask, since it can disrupt the clay’s effectiveness. I have a small glass bowl that I nicked from my kitchen, and a very handy spatula and brush from The Face Shop. I really like these tools and they were inexpensive, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
There’s nothing simpler than this mask: 1 tbsp of green clay + 1 tsp of water is all there is to it. If you’re feeling fancy, you can add a few drops of essential oils, or use rosewater instead.
I usually keep it pretty basic so I have no excuse not to do it, and whenever I do it consistently, I noticed it really helps balance out my skin’s oil production.
You can adjust the clay-to-water ratio as you see fit, as long as it’s mixed into a smooth paste. The clay I have (from my local health store) is rather fine, which means it blends seamlessly (unlike a certain Moroccan clay that just did not want to get along with me).
Now, all that’s left to do is apply it to your face in an even layer, thick enough to cover your skin without it being cakey. Relax for around 10 minutes, until it’s fully dry, but not until it sucks the life out of your skin. Then, gently wash your face off with a wet washcloth and enjoy your smooth, bright and significantly less oily skin!
Naturally, after taking this photo, I accidentally spilled a giant blob of clay and messed up the whole thing..oopsie
Thank you for coming by, and do let me know, do you enjoy clay masks as well? What are some of your favourite beauty treatments?
Take care & see you soon!