You did a ton of research, watched multiple YouTube videos and finally you bought your healing clay. You can’t wait to start with your first face mask. You found that awesome, magic-like recipe with apple cider vinegar and you give it a try, but now the clay is dry, your face is pulsating, and you have no clue how to remove that mask.
In this article, we show you how to gently remove the clay mask and what steps to follow after. There are a few steps you can take to unlock the full potential of your wellness treatment. For some of you, this might be more curcial especially if you have sensitive skin.
In addition, we give a brief explanation of what to do if you left your mask on for too long, and as a little bonus you get an ultimate saturday evening routine. So, just keep on reading these tips.
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How to Remove a Clay Mask Properly
Ever wondered how you should remove that dry face mask without irritating your skin too much? The easiest way is to take a shower after your treatment. The mask will soften, and after a few minutes, it loosens and scales off. The optimal water temperature should be around 86 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The advantage of removing the mask during a shower is that you don’t create that much of a mess in your bathroom. However, you have to be careful about your drains. If you don’t use enough water, your drains will clog and then you have a real problem. You can rinse away any residue hot water after your shower.
If you don’t want to use the shower, then take a washcloth and gently dab your face. Try not to rub to harshly because your skin may already be irritated and that would even cause more harm. The washcloth should be as wet as possible to feel as gentle as possible. You can rub in circular motions. I myself like to use a really nice Loofah Sponge, and I can really recommend that. If your face mask is dry, you can press the warm/hot washcloth onto your face and wait until the mask softens and becomes malleable. If you are scared that you might clog your drains, take a paper towel to wipe off and throw the big chunks away. I am not a plumber, but technically, clay is like sand and it rinses away with water. I haven’t had problems as yet, so I feel kind of safe doing my clean up in the shower.
Remember: Clay dissolves with warm water and things get a lot easier.
Do You Moisturize After a Mask?
After removing the face mask, dry your face with a towel. Your skin needs to rest for a few minutes. Most of the time you will find that your skin is a bit red and irritated. Clay masks have the tendancy to dry your skin, that’s why I often use a moisturizer in my routine. I tend to use a regenerative creme that is suitable for overnight as I do my routine in the evening.
Here are a few moisturizers that I normally use:
- Aveeno Ultra-Calming(Amazon Link): I like this one on a daily basis because it’s absolutely great for combination skin. Indeed after a clay mask this is great for my skin, and I feel way better after using this.
- Andalou Naturals Resveratrol (Amazon Link) : This one is designed for overnight to repair and moisturize. After using this for a weak or so, I already feel a difference. My skin is stronger and more resiliant.
- NIVEA Soft Moisturizing Creme (Amazon Link) : Nivea is enriched with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil. This combination is really powerful. It has a whole lot of positive reviews, so I tried it once and was convinced. Not too oily, but still effective.
- The Body Shop Oils: I like many of the products from “The Body Shop.”
- Rituals Body Cream (Amazon Link) : I know it’s called “body cream,” but you can for sure use this wherever you want. This is one of the best smelling lotions out there, atleast in my opinion. HUGE FAN!!
- Hydrance LIGHT Hydrating Emulsion (Amazon Link) : This is my top choice when it comes to hydrating my skin. It’s pretty expensive, I know, but I can really recommend you try it. I use this as an “emergency treatement”, when my skin really suffers from outer influences like extreme cold. Because of my work, I often have problems with dry hands and then I take use cream to improve my skin. My dermatologist gave this to me.
Toner and Sheet Masks
Another possibility after you rinse off your clay mask is doing a sheet mask. However, before you do this, you have to apply some toner to your face. For some people toner is “the best thing they discovered in life,” but that’s not my opinion. Generally toners function is a thoroughly purification and refreshment of the skin. The main ingredient of many toners is distilled water mixed with a variety of additional liquids like essential oils or plant extracts. There are toners with alcohol, but I try to avoid using them. The effect alcohol has on your skin is the same like the healing clay. Simply avoid those because too much of a good thing will sometimes lead to harm. By the way, you shouldn’t use clay face masks to often because your skin gets very dry. Check this article to make sure you are aware of the recommended frequency of use. Back to the topic, I use toner sometimes when I want to be super nice to myself, but that is more an extra then a must-do. Just try different things and you will find your perfect region.
While everyone knows what a night-cream is, many people have never heard about sheet masks. It’s a face-shaped piece of cotton or hydrogel or other materials as a foundation. This cotton is soaked with different substances like Aleo Vera or Red Ginseng. In case my skin is too dry after the clay treatment, I love to use a sheet mask with tea tree because that fixes skin issues best. In fact, sheet masks are very easy to use, just put it on your face and wait for approximately 20 minutes to led the serum do the work. Maybe sit back and watch some YouTube while you wait. You don’t even have to clean your face after the sheet mask.What I really like best about sheet masks is they tend to give a “spa-feeling” without being expensive. The smell and the feeling after the therapy is perfect.
Saturday Evening Routine for Perfect Feeling
It’s Saturday evening and you feel absolutely lousy. Want to feel better? Or maybe you are single with a busy life and have not time? OK, this is my routine for you:
- Clean your face
- Apply the healing clay face mask (15-20 minutes for normal skin, 5-10 minutes for dry skin)
- Remove the clay mask like mentioned-above
- Apply some Witch Hazel (toner)
- Wait until Witch Hazel is dried and the skin has rested(Watch some Netflix? 😉 )
- Use a sheet mask (e. g. Secriss Korea (Amazon Link) )
- Wait 15-20 minutes
- And finish with a night cream
What Happens if You Leave a Facemask on Overnight?
This question is not 100% serious. But to be honest, what happens if you leave your face mask on too long. Many people think the longer you keep a face mask the more benefits your skin is getting. That’s not true! Eventually the mask will do more harm than good to your skin. That’s because the clay has drying properties. It will absorb all water and oil from your skin and leave your face slightly irritated. If your skin becomes too dry the oil glands think they have to produce more sebaceous and you will end up with even more acne. That’s why you see all these creams and sheets.
By the way, I can’t ever image a person sleeping with Aztec healing clay on. That mask is pulsating so hard that I don’t ever know how anyone could to fall asleep with that still on.