Cleansing Clay Masking Tips
'One size fits all' doesn't cut it when it comes to face masks. Here are our top tips for adapting a clay mask to suit your skin's needs
Cleansing Clay is not just a cleanser, but also an excellent base for DIY masks! Get creative and try different variations.
If your skin is dry or dehydrated, you may have trouble tolerating normal clay-based masks. Clay binds dirt and sebum, which is where its excellent cleansing properties lie. However, it can also naturally strip dry skin of oil and moisture, further drying it out. For oily skin, Cleansing Clay is naturally the ideal partner, it simply absorbs excess sebum and leaves the skin clean and clear. You can mix the clay with just a little water, or of course as described in our tips.
Our top tips for adapting your Cleansing Clay Mask for all skin conditions:
- For dry skin, simply use oat or almond milk instead of water to mix the mask. Oats are particularly mild and score points for their skin-soothing effect. It is also the perfect choice for sensitive skin.
- Add two to three drops of oil to your mask to make it extra nourishing. Rosehip or olive oil work well for all skin types. Our Everything Oil is also the perfect partner for a clay mask.
- A teaspoon of honey in the mix works to reduce inflammation, moisturise and add gently exfoliating AHA acids to the mix. Vegans can of course omit the honey or replace it with some vegetable glycerin. A teaspoon of aloe vera gel is also moisturising and soothing.
- A spoonful of natural yoghurt soothes the skin, moisturises and provides gently exfoliating lactic acid. The probiotics contained additionally support the microbiome and thus a healthy skin barrier. Vegans can replace the yoghurt with a plant-based alternative such as coconut yoghurt.
- Last but not least and very important: You should never let your clay mask dry on your face. Always remove it before the mask starts to crumble. If you moisten the mask in between with a hydrolate or Floral Essence, you can leave it on longer without it drying out!
- If your skin is prone to breakouts, you can also mix Cleansing Clay with a little herbal tea, for example with some camomile or peppermint tea or with a rosemary, nettle or parsley decoction. Simply use dried herbs or harvest them fresh from your balcony or garden, pour a little hot water over the leaves and let the brew steep for a few minutes. Use the cooled water to mix the clay to a smooth paste. Aloe vera also has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect and is therefore a great addition to your mask.
And if you’re in a rush and don’t like to DIY it – no problem! That’s why we developed the Cleansing Cream. It contains most of the same ingredients as our clay, but already mixed in a base of aloe vera, with added pineapple enzyme, white willow bark and magnolia extracts for extra anti-inflammatory action and probiotics to strengthen the skin’s microbiome.