If a mud mask is good enough for the Taj Mahal, then surely it’s good enough for you?
Yes, even venerable old buildings need a little TLC from time to time, as they’re no more immune to the rigors of everyday life than the rest of us.
The Taj Mahal, the iconic landmark in Agra, India, is getting its own mud mask treatment over the next year or so to counter the effects of centuries of pollution that have caused the white marble dome to turn a less-than-sparkling yellow.
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.
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.
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 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.