Clay masks (by definition) contain healing clay that, when used as a face mask, improves the quality of your skin.
In general, one application per week is a good starting point for most people. This frequency has the potential to create good results while not overdoing things.
Being excessive in terms of frequency can lead to problems, as the following article indicates.
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Determine Your Skin Type
First, you will have to figure out which skin type you have. To avoid overcomplicating things, we are sticking to a simple fixed scale: dry skin, normal/balanced skin and oily skin.
Dry skin often causes a stretchy, unpleasant feeling on your face. The skin sometimes forms cracks and seems to be a little flaky. On the other hand, we can recognize oily skin by a shiny, greasy film all over the surface. The advantage of oily skin is that it often looks younger; however, it can be more prone to acne. The reason for this is that the excess oil clogs the pores. The last type (normal skin), is a mixture of both dry and oily skin. The cheeks are often rather dry while the area around the eyes and nose, called the t-zone, is rather oily.
You can complete several tests to figure out which type you have. Mostly, though, it’s pretty easy to determine your skin type just by inspecting your face in the mirror. If you are not sure, thoroughly clean your face and then check your skin after approximately one hour. Observe the “behavior” of your skin. If you feel uncomfortable and your skin hurts a bit every time you make a small movement, like laughing, you clearly have type one.
Try to check your skin on a daily basis. If it is getting cold outside, dry skin often reacts heavily to those circumstances and gets even worse.
Adapt Your Routine to Your Skin Type
Now that you have discovered your skin type, you can develop a routine for using clay masks. This will be a trial-and-error process at first because every person has their own properties and therefore reacts in their own way. Nevertheless, because you know now which skin type you belong to, this procedure should be a lot easier.
Here’s a little insight into the functionality of clay masks. They draw toxins out of your skin, help control sebum production and offer many other great benefits that go beyond the scope of this article. If you are interested in all the benefits of healing clay, check out this article. Obviously, healing clay sucks the gunk out of your pores and unclogs them. Therefore, healing clay pushes your skin to the dry side. This means you should use a clay mask more often if your skin is oily or if you tend to get acne.
For dry and normal skin, we recommend using a clay mask only once a week. If you have problems with acne or in general have trouble with your skin, you can use a clay mask more often. Start using it every three to four days, so that you apply the face mask two times a week. In certain situations, like adolescence, when you are dealing with issues like prepubertal-acne, you can even use healing clay every other day to improve your situation.
The Internet is full of articles about using clay masks every day, but I wouldn’t suggest doing that. There are a variety of techniques, for example, not letting the clay dry completely, but you have to be cautious. Be careful and observe your skin’s reaction to the treatment. You’ll know that you’re using it too often if your skin gets irritated and dry.
What Happens if I Use the Clay Mask too Often?
Several people use clay masks to help with heavy acne. Actually, if your skin is normal and mostly clean, chances are that you don’t even know what clay masks are. However, if you have troublesome skin, your psychological stress might be huge, which is why you continue to inform yourself and do everything you can to eliminate your issues. However, don’t get too eager; as mentioned previously, healing clay dries out your skin.
Let’s say you have super oily skin with pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and other annoying spots. You bought your first box of that magic Aztec healing clay and would like to use it three times a day. The logical conclusion is that the more clay you use, the better your skin gets because it will be completely dry at some point.
WRONG! Please be patient and don’t overdo things. Healing takes time, and even the best healing clay can’t always perform magic depending on the initial situation. In fact, when you dry out your skin, the reaction won’t be what you expect. The sebaceous glands in your cutis (the highest stratum of your skin) react by overproducing sebum because they think they need to work more because your skin is dry. The result is that your situation worsens. After a very short period of time, your skin is more oily than ever and you have created a perfect culture medium for more pimples.
With your well-intentioned routine, you eventually cause more harm than improvement.
Are There Differences to Other Face Masks in Terms of Frequency?
That’s a good point and the answer is clearly yes. Clay masks have multiple uses, and you must figure out which frequency works best for you. However, there are some uses that are not optimal for clay, so you will have to switch to other, more adequate solutions.
For dry skin, you can use hydrating versions of face masks. In general, you should use them every day. Dry skin seems to be very greedy, demanding moisture, especially during the cold months from September to March. No wonder there are often two different products to use: one in the morning and one in the evening. In the morning, you need a version with ingredients that protect you from environmental influences, while in the evening you will use a more regenerative product so your skin can reshape for the next day.
We can’t cover every aspect of the “dry skin” problem here. However, if you remember only one point from this article, remember this: Clay (like healing clay) is typically for oily skin. For dry skin, you need something with a more hydrating effect.
Guide to Frequency
To make things very clear, we must break down the above-mentioned content into a few pieces. Here is a full “guide” in terms of frequency:
The first step is to figure out what skin type you have. There are a few tests out there, and if you are still unsure, you can visit a dermatologist to determine your type. The easiest method is to clean your face and wait an hour. After that period of time, check the condition of the skin‘s surface to get a meaningful result.
Now begin with your clay mask; use it once a week for dry skin and two or three times a week for oily skin. If you see poor results, you may have to increase the frequency. Let’s assume your skin is pretty irritated. In addition, everything seems flaky. If that’s the case, you need to stop and give your face time to rest and recover.
Extend the breaks between your “wellness” mask; over time, you will get a sense of the frequency that works best for you. Maybe your skin tolerates the treatment only one-and-a-half times per week. That’s absolutely ok. Just remember that more is not always better.