Our skin is the most exposed area of our bodies. Throughout the day, it absorbs pollutants in the air. Our skin sweats out toxins and sometimes this process can enable toxins and dead skin to become trapped in our pores, thus causing blemishes and breakouts.
The pores in our skin enable our skin to breathe, and blocking these pores can cause us to suffer from skin conditions such as acne or eczema. Mud masks allow our skin to effectively release the toxins, oil and dirt that can become clogged in our pores.
Mud is negatively charged. Skin toxins are positively charged. This charge is activated in mud when it becomes wet, therefore when it is applied to your face, it draws out the positively charged toxins. As it dries, it releases its natural nutrients into your skin. Then, when washed off, the mud takes away bacteria and dead skin cells.
Mud has many health benefits; it relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation. It also relieves inflammation of the skin as well as reducing swelling and pain. Mud’s ability to soak up oil minimises acne and blemishes. It has moisture-controlling properties which make it perfect to improve any skin type – especially oily skin.
As well as this, mud reduces fine lines by tightening the skin – this reduces wrinkles. It also improves skin texture.
Clay has similar health benefits to mud. It too removes skin toxins and absorbs excess oil and dirt. Clay’s high mineral content rejuvenates skin while also exfoliating and stimulating blood circulation.
Each clay has different properties and it is important to know the properties of the clay and what benefits it has before using. Some clays absorb excess oil and are therefore not suitable for dry skin, while some Kaolin clays do not absorb excess oils and are therefore more suited to dry or sensitive skin.
When combined with water and left on the skin as a mask, bentonite clay binds to toxins on the skin and extracts dirt and toxins from pores. It also acts as an antibiotic and can help with skin infections as well as speeding the healing process. It also allows the cells to receive more oxygen.
As well as helping skin conditions, mud and clay masks can be used to help inflamed joints, rheumatic and arthritic pains, bites, burns, eczema, psoriasis and a range of other skin complaints. Its healing properties are endless.
And, of course, it’s impossible to ignore the boost in well-being you get from using a mud mask. The whole process of making the mud, applying it to your skin, and relaxing while it weaves its magic spell, is as good for your soul as it is for your skin!