Store bought masks will usually have directions for use on them, yet if you have created your own, you may be at a loss to know the most effective way to use it. Here is a quick guide on how to get the most from your mud mask.
First of all, tie your hair up or wrap a towel around your head to keep your hair out of the way while you are using the mask.
Before you apply a mud mask, it is important to remove any make-up or beauty products from your skin. Seriously, don’t skip this step. Soak a flannel in hot water (but not too hot) and place it over your face. Leave it on for about 30 seconds or until it cools, and then repeat. This will open your pores, allowing the mask to draw out toxins, excess oil and dirt more efficiently.
The mask can be applied either with your fingers or a paintbrush. Spread it evenly over your face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. If you are using a Dead Sea mud mask, use it sparingly, otherwise it will be too thick and will take ages to dry. Begin by applying it to your nose as this is the oiliest part of the face. Massage the mud onto your face using upward, circular motions. Avoid any areas of broken skin.
Some people like to apply a thin base layer of mud and then apply a second thicker layer. It is up to you whether you want to do this or not. Personally, we tend to apply it all in one go.
Make sure to be relaxed and allow the mud to work its magic. This is supposed to be fun as well as cleansing.
If it’s a mask you’ve made yourself and you find that it’s hard to spread, you need to add a little more of whatever wetting agent you’ve used. Similarly, if the mud is a little old, it may have dried out a bit, so again add a little wetting agent. (If you don’t have any more of whatever you originally used, a few drops of water will generally help.)
While waiting for the mask to dry, relax. Listen to some music, have a glass of wine, if you feel like it. But just make sure to be relaxed and allow the mud to work its magic. This is supposed to be fun as well as cleansing. Make the most of it.
It is normal for your face to feel tingly or tight while the mask dries. However, if at any point, you experience a strong, burning sensation, remove the mask immediately as you could be experiencing an allergic reaction.
Taking it off
When the mask has begun to dry but is still a little sticky (usually after about 20 minutes), this is the time to remove it. Leaving it on until it is cracked and beginning to flake is detrimental to your skin. When the mud begins to dry, it exercises the capillaries and stimulates blood flow but if it becomes completely dry, it will draw out too much moisture from your skin’s surface, causing dehydration and irritation.
To remove your mud mask, use an old flannel that you don’t mind getting stained – mud is messy and may ruin a good cloth. Soak the flannel in warm water, then put it over your face, lie down and allow the mud to become wet again. Gently remove the mask, do not violently scrub it off. Splash your face with cold water to close your pores.
After removing the mask, leave your skin for a few hours, then apply toner and moisturizer and continue with your normal skin regime.
Mud masks should not be used more than twice a week, no matter how much you’re tempted to use them. Turns out you can have too much of a good thing!