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How to use clay mask for skin care

Applying clay masks brings many benefits to the skin such as cleaning the skin, unclogging pores, preventing acne. However, not everyone knows how to use clay masks properly, which leads to some side effects such as dryness, irritation, etc.

‏1. Effect of clay mask

Clay masks are a familiar product in the skin care routine, extracted from several types of clay such as Kaolin and Bentonite.

Clay mask offers many skin benefits.

Clay mask contains benign natural mineral ingredients such as calcium, iron, magnesium ...

The use of clay masks can bring effects such as:‏ Unclog pores: 

Clay masks can absorb excess oil and bacteria, thereby helping to remove toxins and impurities, unclog pores, clear skin and prevent acne.

‏Anti-inflammatory: Because clay masks also have anti-inflammatory effects, some studies show that clay can be used to treat psoriasis , acne, and eczema.

Over time , the skin will gradually lose its elasticity because the amount of collagen begins to decline, the ability to regenerate elastin and collagen is poor. The ingredients in clay masks can promote collagen production, reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture significantly. Thanks to that, applying a clay mask helps prevent signs of skin aging, making the skin brighter and more radiant.
‏2. How to use clay masks for each skin type‏

Each skin type is different, the way to use clay masks is also different. Therefore, to achieve effective care and prevent side effects when using clay masks, you need to understand your skin well.‏

For oily skin, it is recommended to apply a clay mask 1-2 times per week. Clay masks help remove excess oil and toxins, help unclog pores, highly effective in preventing acne.

For combination skin , you can use a clay mask 1-2 times a week. The mask will help clean the skin, prevent clogging of pores by sebum and dirt, and limit the risk of acne.

For dry skin , you should choose a red clay mask that will be safer and limit red, irritated reactions. People with dry skin should not apply a clay mask more than once a week. Don't forget to apply more moisturizer or serum to re-hydrate the skin.

For sensitive skin , it is best to try applying the clay mask to the neck area first to see how the skin reacts. Kaolin clay mask will be the perfect choice for sensitive skin and use only once a week.

‏Once you know how often to apply a clay mask that's right for your skin type, follow this procedure:‏
  • Step 1: Remove makeup and wash your face with cleanser. Even without makeup, you should still remove makeup and wash your face to remove the layer of dirt, oil and bacteria on the skin. Gentle cleansing of the skin will help the nutrients be better absorbed by the skin.‏
  • ‏Step 2: Apply the mask. Take an appropriate amount of the clay mask and apply it to the face, neck and chest area. Then let the mask dry on the skin for 10-15 minutes depending on the skin type. Avoid applying to sensitive skin areas such as eyes
  • ‏Step 3: Remove the layer mask. Use warm water and gently massage your skin with your hands to remove the clay mask.‏
  • Step 4: Moisturize. Apply a layer of cream or serum to hydrate the skin after applying the clay mask.

Only use clay mask 1-2 times/week.‏

3. Note when using clay mask‏

Usually, clay masks do not cause serious side effects. However, if you leave the clay mask on for too long or use it too often, it can make your skin dry or irritated. Therefore, do not abuse using clay masks several times a week.‏

Furthermore, some clay masks also contain ingredients such as glycolic acid, which may cause some discomfort when used including dry skin, itching, redness, and rashes. To prevent these side effects, it is recommended to carefully study the ingredients or consult a specialist before use.

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