If you haven't tried using a clay face mask, you are in for a treat! Natural clays are one of the best ways to draw oils and toxins out and tighten your pores at the same time.
Flower City Soap Company's Rhassoul Pore-Tightening Clay Mask is a rich blend of Rhassoul Clay (It is mined in the fertile Atlas Mountains of Morocco and has been used for over 12 centuries by population in North Africa, Southern Europe and Middle East.)
Kaolin Clay (also known as White Cosmetic Clay, China Clay, White Clay, Chalk, and White Dirt, Kaolin has a variety of uses. This soft and gentle clay can also be mixed with water to form facial masks that help to remove oil from the skin reduces the unwanted oily shine on the nose.)
Vitamin C, which is a highly popular anti-oxidant and is a required component in the production of collagen, the tissue responsible for skin suppleness. Vitamin C has also been shown to help slow the production of age spots while providing some UV protection.
Rosehip Extract: Rosehip is the fruit of the rose plant with the extract powder coming from the seeds and shells. It is high in vitamin C as well as 32 other minerals and vitamins such as beta carotene, bioflavinoids, calcium, citrates, citric acid, iron malates, malic acid, niacin, phosphorus and vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K. Rosehip Extract has been traditionally used as a remedy for the symptoms of joint pains. Being rich in Vitamin C, it contains natural antioxidant properties and can be used in skin care products to promote elasticity and maintain the suppleness of the skin.
When it comes to treating acne, experts agree: Clay is a miracle worker. In addition to being rich in beneficial minerals, clay has the capacity to draw out and soak up acne-causing impurities. With its absorbent, exfoliating and astringent properties, clay not only tackles the root causes of acne but also treats ongoing symptoms that plague breakout-prone skin. Read on to uncover the benefits of clay masks and why they are a must for your acne skin care routine.
Clay Face Masks
Clay has a long history in skin care. As early as the Mesopotamian era, this remarkable ingredient was used to heal wounds, soothe inflammation and cleanse the skin. Ancient Egyptians combined clay with olive oil to brew skin-softening soaps, and Cleopatra is known to have applied a dead sea clay mask twice a week to purify her complexion. Today, clay continues to be a central component of many in-spa and at-home treatments, including detoxifying body wraps and clarifying face masks.
Benefits Of Clay Masks For Acne
Clay is a go-to ingredient in many anti-breakout treatments, especially acne face masks. Here are five ways that clay face masks help improve breakout-prone complexions.
1. Restore Balance
One of the primary causes of acne is excess oil production. When the skin overproduces sebum, its pores enlarge and stretch to hold in the surplus. In addition to coating the skin’s surface, excess oil can become trapped within pores, where it combines with dead skin and bacteria and triggers breakouts. However, the answer isn’t to suck all the moisture from your skin; after all, sebum is essential to your skin’s health and helps to lubricate and soften its surface. Clay has the unique ability to absorb excess oil from the skin’s surface without compromising necessary hydration. The result: a perfectly balanced complexion.
2. Draw Out Impurities & Shrink Pores
Think of clay like a magnet: It is composed of negatively charged particles that bind to positively charged impurities (like toxins and bacteria) and pulls them from your pores.Every pimple begins with a clogged pore, and a critical first step in treating acne is removing dead skin cells and clearing blockages.
3. Absorb Oil & Minimize Shine
Clay doesn’t just draw impurities from pores and expel them onto the skin’s surface. Rather, it is highly porous and absorbent - much like a sponge. When wet, clay swells and binds to impurities and, as it dries, soaks them into its center. In addition to absorbing sebum and bacteria that have been drawn out of pores, clay sops up excess oil and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. This gentle exfoliating action not only rids skin of acne-causing contaminants, but it also reduces surface shine and contributes to a more mattified complexion.
Along with its purifying properties, clay also provides essential nutrients and minerals to maintain your skin’s health. Clay is formed over long periods of time by the gradual erosion of mineral-rich rocks and, as a result, is rich in beneficial elements like silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron and potassium (to name a few). Silica, in particular, is required for collagen production and plays a key role in keeping skin plump, firm and elastic. This can be helpful in minimizing the appearance of ice pick acne scars which are often the most difficult to treat.