If you work in the city and have to deal with the daily grind of a commute amid all the pollution that cars, buses and trucks throw out into the atmosphere, you’ll know the feeling when you get home. You just feel dirty, as if all the muck in the city air has ground its way into your skin and clogged you up.
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.
Although mud masks are a fantastic remedy for acne, there are only part of the solution. You need to maintain a good skincare regime and a healthy diet in order to make the effects of the mask more beneficial. Yes, you can treat acne with a mud mask, but it’s not the only step you’ll need to take.
You should not use a mud mask more than twice a week; therefore, making sure that you keep your face clean is essential in between mask days. You must wash your face first thing in the morning and also right before you go to bed. Make sure you buy a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which are brilliant acne-fighting ingredients.
Although it is not dangerous for children to use mud masks, they have far softer and more sensitive skin than adults, therefore only use mud masks made from the milder clay such as rose clay or white kaolin clay. Other stronger clays may not be suitable for mud masks for kids, in that they may irritate a child’s skin and cause skin problems that could have been avoided otherwise.
A recipe such as our soothing mud mask would be ideal for kids. It’s ideal either on your own as part of a regular pampering routine or even as a cool addition to a sleepover or a spa party where everyone can laugh at the funny faces.
Just remember, like with adults, not to use a mud mask too often. Once a week is plenty, depending on the sensitivity of the young person’s skin.
It’s a great routine for kids to get into, though. And getting them to help with making the mud mask is a fantastic way for them to get more involved in the process and learn at an early age that it doesn’t take expensive shop-bought cosmetics in order to have an effective skin-care regime.
Mud masks are predominantly associated with women, but the truth is that men should use them too, especially younger men and teenage boys as they are the most prone to having skin breakouts.
Some companies have manufactured mud masks specifically designed for men that target the more extreme types of skin that men can have, such as very oily or very dry skin.
Everyone’s heard of it, but what is Dead Sea mud? What are its benefits? Is it better than other mud masks?
Dead Sea mud is black and comes from the banks of the Dead Sea, a giant salt lake flanked by Israel. It contains a high concentration of magnesium, sodium, phosphates, bromides and many, many other minerals, some of which are also known to improve heart and lung conditions.
It goes without saying that we think you should make your own mud mask rather than buying one ready-made from a store. But sometimes you just can’t help it. Maybe you’re tired, or you’re travelling and don’t have the proper ingredients with you? Or maybe you just want to get someone a present and think that a nice jar looks more impressive than handing someone a homemade mask? (By the way, we’d MUCH prefer to receive a homemade mask than something store-bought. But we understand that not everyone thinks like us…)
So, on the assumption that sometimes it’s necessary, here’re our guidelines as to what to look out for when buying a mud mask.
Mud is a wonderfully versatile cleansing agent, but if you’ve got a particular skin condition, then one type of mud may be more suitable than another. Here are our recommended muds to treat different conditions.
Remember the golden rule, though: if it’s your first time using a certain recipe or store-bought product, try a small amount first in case you have a reaction to it. Better to get a tiny rash in an unobtrusive location than to turn your entire face beetroot red!
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.