Making it all Clear as Mud..
What kind of Clay Formula should I use for my skin type?
Check out our handy 'Shop by Your Skin Type' guide at the bottom of our home page or read on...
Breakout City Skin...Aztec Remedy (Bentonite, aka Secret Indian Clay). Weekly facials with this blend will help keep your skin detoxed and nourished. We keep a small covered jar of this formula mixed and use it to spot treat blemishes or problem areas often during the week. It's an amazing quick fix!
Dry Skin...Australian Pink Clay. This silica rich clay helps lock in moisture and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. It's perfect for dry, combo or eczema skin.
Eczema...Aztec Remedy and French Green Clay have both been shown to help calm and soothe inflammation caused by eczema. Use Turmeric Hydrosol to mix these powder blends to help calm and soothe inflammation.
Mature Skin...Canadian Glacial Clay is bio rich in minerals and earth elements that nourish and hydrate your skin. This naturally restorative clay helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and discolouration. This clay is PH neutral and gentle enough to use on all skin types. Available in ready to apply wet formula or dry powder botanical formula.
Hey Mudology..Why do you keep using the term 'Formula' or 'Blend' when referring to your Clay Masks?
Good question! Because our Clay Masks are not just clay. We add carefully selected and naturally grown botanicals to our clays for an added boost in vitamins and cleansing power. See our individual product listings for the Botanicals added and what they do.
How to Mask...
Dry Powders...5mls (1tsp) of powder and a few drops of liquid (water, hydrosol, or any other liquid of your choice), get the mixture to a paste and apply. For applications more than once a week we recommend a lighter application, to achieve this we make a more watery mixture. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off. Moisturize with Facial Oil to lock the moisture and nourishment in.
Wet Formulas...Simply apply a thin layer to your clean, dry face using the applicator brush. 10 minutes is all you need to detox and nourish your skin. Cap it off with an application of Facial Oil to lock in the moisture and nourishing minerals.
No need to let your masks dry completely. By the 10 minute mark all the absorption of impurities and imparting of minerals has happened. The act of drying depends on air temperature & humidity. If you're in the bath, your mask will likely not dry but it is still working.
Is redness and tingling normal?
A clay mask should never burn, but tingling due to increased blood circulation is normal. Clay masks have been shown to increase blood circulation and oxygen uptake in the skin cells - hence their reputation for healing. Clay is made of negative charged ions, when you put it on your skin it attracts positive charged ions like sebum, environmental pollutants and bacteria.
Redness can be because of the increased circulation as well and should go away in about 30 minutes after the final rinse off.
I masked and I broke out! What the heck?!?!
This is normal...especially if you don't mask regularly. This is also a good thing, it shows your mask is working. Remember...a mask detoxes your skin. Sometimes the impurities are quite deep and can't be removed in one treatment, yet they have now been given their eviction papers and are slowly moving out. Don't be discouraged or let down, and don't stop masking. Use a watery, light application twice a week and you'll soon see all your unwanted tenants you didn't know you had, gone.
**Note** there is a difference between detox acne and a reaction to the clay formulas. If you have bright redness or dry patches that don't go away within an hour after masking, that's a reaction and you should stop using the product. (This is a rare occurrence).
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