Why Should I Add a Clay Mask to My Skin Care Routine?

Kelley Shepherd

Who doesn't love an Instagram worthy clay mask selfie?! You know what I'm talking about. Even if you don't post it, I know you took one. But what exactly are the benefits of using a clay mask on a regular basis?

1. Absorbs excess sebum and grim

People with acne prone skin are very aware that excess sebum and grim are not your friend when you are trying to keep your complexion clear. Clay acts like a magnet for oil and grime by drawing it from your pores to be washed away with the mask. 

2. Provides minerals for skin absorption

Minerals found in clay can improve skin elasticity, brighten dull complexions, and promote cell regeneration. Common minerals found in clay are silica, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.

3. Gives you an excuse to slow down for 10 mins

Let's face it. It's hard to find time to care for ourselves between running the kids to and from work, school, obligations, etc. When you work this 10 minute ritual into your week, add in extra relaxation by diffusing a relaxing essential oil, taking some deep breaths, and re-centering yourself for the week. 

Vesta's three Clay Mask Mixes are formulated for different skin types:

Rose Clay Clay Mask - Formulated for sensitive skin. Ground lavender and calendula flowers are mixed with lavender essential oil and a Rose Kaolin and Bentonite Clay blend to heal irritated skin while cleaning pores.

French Green Clay Mask - Formulated for normal/combination skin. Mineral-rich french green clay has excellent anti-aging properties and is blended with bentonite clay to cleanse the pores while the eucalyptus oil provides an uplifting mask experience.

Activated Charcoal Mask - Formulated for oily/acne prone skin. Activated charcoal is used to filter water because it is excellent at drawing impurities into itself. When you blend the charcoal with the additional cleansing power of bentonite clay and the astringent properties of tea tree oil, you have a combination that combats excess sebum and clogged pores.

A few words of warning:

  • Don't use a metal spoon with bentonite clay! It will deactivate the drawing power of the bentonite! Yes we do cap our masks with a recycled aluminum lid, but it has a foam liner to prevent the bentonite clay from deactivating.
  • Don't let the mask dry completely on your skin. If left on too long, the clay will begin to dry out your skin causing it to produce more oil than necessary. 10 minutes is good for normal to oily skin whereas 5-8 mins might be better for sensitive skin.

Stay tuned for Part II: What liquid should I use in my clay mask mix?

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