Applying a face mask is one of the most relaxing and refreshing skincare activities to indulge in. Clay masks, in particular, are a blessing for when your skin is feeling greasy and needs some pampering. It draws out impurities from the skin and absorbs excess oil to keep you looking squeaky clean and fresh.

Rich in minerals and acids, here’s how using a clay mask can benefit your skin..

 

Controls excess oil and shine

Controls excess oil and shine

Our skin comes in contact with several aggressors daily, and regular cleansing only removes surface dirt. Using clay masks such as the Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Mineral Clay Mask few times a week ensures squeaky clean and smooth skin. It also unclogs the pores and keeps excess shine at bay. Those with oily and acne-prone skin can benefit from this mask as it absorbs excess oil and shine while drawing out deep-set impurities that usually cause breakouts.

 

Calms the skin

Calms the skin

Masking requires the least efforts and yet offers an at-home spa-worthy experience. Most clay masks use gentle and calming clays such as bentonite that soothe the skin and keep irritation at bay. Bentonite clay masks can be easily found in the market and are one of the gentlest skincare ingredients, making them suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. So, the next time you wish to calm your irritated skin, simply apply a clay mask, place a few slices of chilled cucumber on your eyelids and enjoy the calming benefits.

 

Brightens skin

Brightens skin

Dull and lifeless skin is a result of lack of proper exfoliation and build-up of dirt on the surface of the skin. Applying a face mask for just 10 minutes -- a few times a week -- can improve your complexion and make the skin look brighter. Look for a face mask with kaolin and bentonite to address dull skin woes. Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque is an excellent product for anyone looking to get rid of dull and tired-looking skin.

 

Refines pores

Refines pores

Everyone has pores, but for some women, they appear more significant than others. Clay masks can refine the pores and make them appear smaller. By absorbing the excess oil from the skin, it makes your skin appear matte, and pores look smaller.