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6 Clay Face Mask Mistakes Your Making

6 Clay Face Mask Mistakes Your Making

Using a clay mask as part of your weekly skincare ritual can be beneficial to your skin in so many ways. Clay masks are great for helping us address specific skincare issues (like blackheads or sebum buildup) and they’re also a wonderful self-care activity as they tend to bring this fabulous level of pampering each and every time you use one. 

However, there are a few mistakes that could be hindering you from getting the most out of your clay mask. Today we are going to look at a few common mistakes when using a clay mask. Learn everything you need to know about how to use a clay mask, how much to use and what to do after your masking session to ensure that you get the best results!

1. You apply it to a dirty face

Always apply your mask to clean, dry skin. This allows the active ingredients to penetrate your skin easier making them more effective, you dont want to be applying these beneficial ingredients on top of dirt and bacteria! Apply a generous, but even layer to the face using clean fingertips or a mask brush.

2. You use too much product

Like with many other skincare products, when it comes to clay face masks, less is more. ⁠Typically, you should only need to apply one even layer to your clean, dry skin. A super-thick layer won’t result in a more effective masking session. If you find you have made up too much product, consider masking another part of your body like your arm pits, hands or feet so you don’t have any waste.

3. You leave it on too long

Yup, we’ve seen all the advertising around clay masks. Relaxing back, reading a book, and eating chocolate bonbons while you take 30 mins to chill. But it’s actually very important that you remove your clay mask before it dries completely. It should not be cracking, flaking, or leaving powder everywhere, if it’s doing this you’ve left it on too long. Leaving it on for too long could cause dryness and irritation. So make sure you remove your mask while there are still some wet patches.

4. You forget to moisturize afterward

Once you’ve finished your masking pamper session, it’s important to complete the process by adding back some moisture, this is to ensure that you avoid your skin drying out too much. The best way I’ve found to do this is to give my face a quick spray with floral water, then apply my favorite facial oil right over the top. This is a sure-fire way to lock in plenty of moisture.

5. You're not using them consistently

Skincare is like a diet, you have to invest time and effort to see the results. This is also true for your skincare. Start by applying a clay face mask once a week (perhaps for #selfcaresunday). Then increase that to twice even three times a week (especially if you have oily or combination skin) to see the best results.

6. You don’t customize it to your skin type

Just like other skincare products, clay masks are not a one size fits all treatment, so adapt them to your specific needs. For example, in between treatments I target just my t-zone (which tends to produce more oil). By applying the mask over just my nose, forehead, and chin I reduce the chances of the rest of my face getting too dry.⁠

The Green + Bare face mask range is specifically created for different skin types and concerns, but they’re also fully customizable. As a dry mask, our formulas can be supercharged with a customized mixer to meet your unique skin needs:

Unsure of your skin type? Try our quick (and fun) skin type quiz here to discover your perfect match!


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