Everybody needs skincare, that’s a fact. We all need to provide our skin with proper nourishment if we want to feel better and, most importantly, appear younger. This is where the mud masks should become a part of your daily skin routine without a doubt.
What is a mud mask?
A mud mask, like any exfoliating skin mask, is a supplementary skin care option applied to the surface of your skin. They effectively provide direct benefits to the skin and body, treating everything from acne symptoms to cellulite, healing and rejuvenating the skin.
Mud mask ingredients to look for include: a high-quality clay (or combination of clays) suited to your skin type, mineral powders (if you want an extra nutrient boost), and water.
Mud masks can come in both mud and powder form. Since it's a huge skin care trend, mud masks have become more complex and sophisticated. It's good to look carefully at all the ingredients listed in your mud mask, as you'll see everything available from seaweed to activated charcoal.
What are the benefits of mud masks?
Some benefits of mud masks include:
When it comes to cleaning and absorption properties, mud masks are irreplaceable. Leaving them to dry on your face will suck up and absorb all the oil, impurities, pollutants and dirt that have gathered in the skin pores, leaving the pores open.
If used regularly, mud masks will help prevent any future formation of blemishes. Moreover, mud masks provide the necessary nourishment and hydration to keep your skin healthy and moisturized.
Mud masks that contain high concentrations of important minerals such as sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium are excellent at exfoliating dead skin cells when washing off the mask.
Exfoliation of dead skin cells leaves the skin smooth, radiant, and glowing, as it gets a handful of health benefits. Such skin will appear younger without any signs of aging, fine lines, and wrinkles. That’s why most mud masks are used in anti-aging treatments.
Also, nowadays exfoliating products such as scrubs and body washes can contain harmful ingredients (tiny pieces of plastic that rub against your skin to remove the dead cells). Natural mud masks do not contain such microbeads, making them an environmentally safe way to take care of your skin.
Enriches the skin.
It’s not hard to see why mud masks have been used as far back as the Egyptian civilisation. The natural minerals in mud masks – including calcium, sulphate and magnesium – are great for your skin. Perhaps the only con of a mud mask is that it can slightly dry out your skin if it’s not complemented by a moisturiser.
Improves skin tightness.
Skin that is free of impurities, oil and dirt looks tightened, youthful and healthy. Mud masks don’t only clean your skin, they replenish it with the necessary minerals, salts and other essential natural elements that your skin needs on a daily basis. That’s exactly why it’s important to use mud masks regularly, as they help skin regeneration and rejuvenation. On top of all that, they are extremely soothing and refreshing.
As you get older, your skin produces fewer oils. Because mud masks are so full of good nutrients for your skin, they can give a youthful glow to your face and return some of those oils to your skin when you follow up with a moisturiser. On top of that, as the mud mask dries, it tightens the skin, providing a natural anti-aging solution.
Packed with nutrients and minerals, mud masks also can reduce the appearance of cellulite and have been known to treat joint pain when applied to sore areas in a compress.
Providing the skin with nutrition.
We already mentioned that mud masks are extremely rich in minerals, salts, and other natural elements that are excellent nutrients for the skin.
Skin cells utilize these elements to stay healthy. The more you use mud masks, the more essential nutrients your skin receives, which in turn gives excellent results.
This is crucial for those who suffer from any skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and so on. Mud masks rich in nutrients reduce inflammation and help the skin heal faster. Additionally, they also provide the necessary hydration, as this is one of the most important factors for keeping your skin healthy.
How does the mud mask process work?
Keep these tips in mind when applying your mud mask:
- Thicker layers of mud can be left on the skin for longer, while thin application needs to be taken off faster
- Like a regular face mask, you should avoid your eyes and under-eye area because the skin is delicate
- Wait until the mask has dried before removing it
- Gently rub your face using lukewarm water and pat your face dry (do not rub)
- Apply a moisturiser or face oil to keep your skin hydrated after the mask.
How often should I apply mud mask?
Different types of mud masks require different routines but usually you can apply them up to two-three times a week. Before you apply your mud mask, make sure that your skin is thoroughly cleansed.
Then, apply a thin layer of the mud on your face and gently massage it until it feels all smooth under your fingertips. Leave it for 5-15 minutes to dry and rinse.
A thin layer will do just fine, as you don’t want to apply too much and strip your skin and pores of all essential natural oils. If your skin is dry, go with the mud masks that have higher water content.
Let us know what is your favorite mud mask and share some skin care tips in the comments below.
Cheers to your well-being!