|This beauty now has a better appreciation in what a clay mask can do for her complexion.|
Most of us associate a clay mask for help drawing out the impurities and zapping excessive oil deeply imbedded in oily skin. Nonetheless, I found using a lesser strength formula with a dry complexion is just as important for extracting any accumulated grime and makeup that can be lingering just as it would be for a normal skin type. However, there is a trick to deciphering clays in order to make the best selection based on your skin type that you should be aware of.
If you have oily skin or tend to break out, then you need powerful clay such as bentonite, Fuller’s Earth, French green or rhassoul for your clay mask. Any of these in the mask formula that you are considering will help absorb the most oil and give your skin the deepest clean.
Of course, you can have dry skin like mine. Being the case, look for ingredients like rhassoul or white kaolin clays. Those are the gentlest varieties of clay that won’t overly irritate sensitive skin, if used occasionally. I use one every two or three weeks and keep it on for about 10-12 minutes, which is enough time for it to dry and do its job.
Then again, you may have a normal complexion. If so, you can be comfortable and have great results with any clay formula regardless of the particular variety for your clay mask.
Hopefully, you’ll be better prepared for your next shopping trip on understanding the varieties of clay and what it could mean for your skin type when using a clay mask. The wrong clay could explain why you may not have had any success, but now you’ll know your perfect clay that will gently exfoliate, tighten pores and absorb as much or as little oil as you need when cleaning out those pores.