Some beauty rituals seem like they could be the cure-all for practically any skin issue, but in reality, there is no such thing as a miracle ingredient. Clay masks have long been used in skincare routines and have become the go-to practice for women in many cultures, including Ayurveda. And while they are natural and widely used, there are some limitations to them. Here’s what a clay mask can and can’t do for your skin!
Here’s what a clay mask actually does for your skin
Clay was traditionally used for wound healing in the form of make-shift plasters and improving the skin’s appearance by including it in ubtans and other skincare rituals. This evolved into clay masks being used to detoxify the skin and, thus, earning the distinction of being an essential step in beauty routines to deep clean your face. And while clay masks do work wonders to absorb excess oil on the surface of your skin, they are in no way a one-stop solution to all of your skin’s detox needs.
The mineral content in clay masks is activated by contact with water and thus can work like a magnet to suck out impurities from open pores, have a cooling effect on your skin and work as an exfoliator of dead skin cells. Now clean pores and oil control can lead to skin benefits like fewer breakouts, a vibrant complexion, and smoother texture, but the claims of curing advanced acne or fighting signs of ageing still remain unproven. That is why the major thing you can rely on clay masks to do is mattify your skin after a single application, and sometimes that’s enough!
Here’s what a clay mask can’t do for your skin
As mentioned before, while clay masks can indirectly contribute to glowing skin by helping you get rid of dead skin cells and impurities, they can be a bit harsh for some people. People with dry skin should be cautious while using them as clay can strip your skin of moisture along with natural oils.
It is also recommended to be used carefully on sensitive skin as its exfoliating and botanical properties can cause irritation. Clay masks are also not recommended for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, both of which are triggered by skin infections.
Simply put, clay masks can be used as a relaxing, mattifying treatment to recharge your skin, but in no way should be used to treat aggravated skin conditions. A wholesome and dynamic beauty routine that incorporates many different ingredients is the best way to take care of your skin in the long run!