It’s perhaps the ultimate well-known tip for the eyes.
You can’t open a magazine or read anything about beauty without seeing a model reclining on the sofa with two slices of cucumber covering her peepers, blind to the world and giving off a general air of being absolutely fabulous.
It’s as much a recommended staple as drinking water, helping to ease oily skin, reduce pores and tighten skin.
Unless you’re supremely relaxed about how you look, while a mud mask is working its mojo magic on your skin, it’s very much an inside job.
They may do a fine job cleaning your pores and enriching your skin with precious nutrients, but let’s be honest, you’re going to look ridiculous on the high street, quite distracting in court if you’re a lawyer, and a potential germ source if you’re operating on someone – not to mention the potential of scaring small children in the street.
Picture the scene: you’re about to head out for the first time in ages, and you want to look your best, so you use that new makeup or face cream. The worst case scenario happens, and you come out with an allergic reaction and a rash. Nightmare!
Knowing what does and doesn’t affect your skin in a negative way can be a minefield sometimes, but knowing more about where skin allergies come from will help you combat them and have you looking your best.
It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s fun. We’re sold on the benefits of making a mud mask at home, but some people need more convincing. After all, isn’t it a hassle having to get all the ingredients together and clean up afterwards? Isn’t it just easier to open a store-bought mud mask?
Well, convenience isn’t everything, and we’re absolutely certain that once you try making your own mud mask at home, you’ll be sold on the idea too. Here are nine great reasons why homemade mud masks are the way to go!
Reluctant though we are to say, it is possible to have too much of a good thing (well, except Champagne, perhaps!), and mud masks are no exception.
In general, we’d advise only using a mud mask at most twice a week, and less if you’re using one of the deep-cleansing variety. If you feel your skin is tender or irritated at all after using a mask too often, give yourself a break and take a little time before you use it again.
Some people have been put off using mud masks because of poor experiences in the past that have left them with dry, irritated skin afterwards.
By choosing the right ingredients, it’s possible not only not to irritate sensitive skin, but even to help relieve any sensitivity. It’s important to use a very mild clay, such as the White Clay used here. This will cleanse the skin as gently as possible, while the lavender and chamomile flowers provide a natural but mild anti-bacterial benefit.
Mud packs and mud baths have been used all over the world for hundreds of years. In fact, they were one of the earliest substances to be used as a cosmetic product.
One of the oldest surviving medical manuscripts is a clay tablet that dates back to 2200BC. It describes the three healing gestures; washing the wound, making plasters and bandaging the wound. Ancient plasters were made from mud and herbs – this is because the ancient people knew of mud’s healing properties.
There may not be many benefits to having what people would consider oily skin, but reduced signs of aging can definitely be one of them!
Fuller’s Earth Clay
For the rest of us, wrinkles and fine lines are something that we’re going to have to deal with. Although it’s not possible to completely remove the signs of aging – well, at least not be resorting to expensive and painful invasive procedures – we can at least try to reduce them or slow their progress.
The key to this mask is ensuring that the skin gets well-moisturized rather becoming oily. The protein in the egg white helps nourish the skin, while the rose water and green tea provide a gently invigorating experience.
Dry skin occurs when the skin is generating too little of a substance called sebum. This is a naturally occurring oil produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin and has a vital role in keeping the skin and hair moisturized.
If too little sebum is produced, the skin will be noticeably dry and even flaky. The type of mud mask that you want to use in this instance is one that will not draw any oils or moisture from the skin.
Oily skin is the result of the sebaceous glands producing too much sebum, which is a light yellow, oily fluid that is responsible of keeping the hair and skin mosturized.
The sebaceous glands enlarge during adolescence, causing them to produce more sebum and leading to oiler skin. When sebum gets trapped in the pores, acne can develop. Usually, sebum production declines after age 20, meaning that people who were prone to oily skin and acne when younger often find that it clears up naturally.