Clay Masks 101


Clay masks have been around forever...well...okay...maybe dinosaurs didn't use clay masks but it is said that beauties as far back as Cleopatra used clay masks to keep a radiant Glow.

Benefits of a Clay Mask:

The primary benefits of clay masks is that they detoxify skin while reducing excess oil and ridding skin of pore-clogging impurities.

Clay masks are also great for exfoliating away dead skin cells and Glow-dulling build-up.

Side benefits include adding minerals and nutrients to your skin.

Who Should Use Clay Masks:

Clay masks are, without a doubt, extremely beneficial to those with oil skin or an oily "t-zone" or those with large pores.

BUT everyone can benefit from using a clay mask. As we get older our skin has a harder time naturally sloughing off dead skin cells, clay masks do a great job at smoothing rough skin and sweeping away build-up.

Who Should NOT Use Clay Masks:

If you have extremely sensitive skin or a skin condition be sure to spot test a clay mask. Also, if you are elderly and have thin skin do not use a clay mask. Opt instead for a Glycolic Mask (such as 7 Day Glow's BOOST - Click HERE for more about BOOST).

Which Kind of Clay Mask is Best?

There are a surprising number of types of clay to choose from. The following are especially good for facial application:

Kaolin Clay - Good for dry to normal skin.

Bentonite - Good for normal or combination skin.

Rhassoul Clay - Good for oily skin.

Illite (such as French Green Clay) - Good for oily skin.

At Brown Barn, we sell two types of Clay Masks with added botanicals:

1. Rose Clay Exfoliating Mask featuring powdered rosehips, rose petals and chamomile.

2. Green Clay Exfoliating Mask made with a mineral rich blend of green clays combined with cucumber for cooling and soothing inflammation.

Why a Dry Clay Mask Mix?

Clay masks can come in "wet" or "dry" form. The difference is only that wet masks have added water or a wetting agent pre-mixed for your convenience.

We love dry mask "mixes" best because they last so much longer on our shelves. Wet masks may also require preservatives that dry mask mixes do not require. 

Dry masks have gained a huge following among our customers and are so fun to work with! They are made with a combination of clays that can be used by all skin types mixed with botanicals that bring soothing and hydrating properties to your skin.

How do I use a Dry Clay Mask?

One of the things that I absolutely LOVE about Clay Masks is that they can be mixed with a variety of wet ingredients to make different types of masks. Mix it up!

1) Spoon approximately 1 teaspoon of dry mask mix into a small bowl.

2) Mix in a few drops up to approximately 1/2 teaspoon wetting agent to form a thick paste (go drop by drop until you figure out what works best for you).

Suggestions for wetting agents use alone or blend a combination :

  • Water, for all skin types
  • Witch Hazel, great for Acne skin types
  • Probiotic Yogurt, skin nutrient boost
  • Mashed Avocado, soothing
  • Milk, Buttermilk, boosts exfoliation
  • Honey (with water, Aloe Vera, or yogurt), soothing and hydrating
  • Aloe Vera, soothing
  • Chamomile Tea, calming
  • Matcha Tea, antioxidant boost

3) Apply a thick layer to clean skin with a brush or fingertips, be sure to include under the chin. Use 1-2 times per week.

4) Leave mask on until it begins to dry around the edges of the face, nose, eyes and mouth but is still damp on cheeks and forehead (allowing clay masks to dry completely can irritate dry or sensitive skin).

5) Remove with a warm, wet washcloth, rubbing lightly as mask is removed. Follow with botanic elixir, facial oil, serum, and/or moisturizer. I highly recommend pairing Rose Clay Mask with Strawberry Rhubarb Serum. Both of these products were formulated at the same time and are meant to compliment each other. 

Christine Untiedt | Brown Barn Botanicals Founder/Owner


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