A clay mask is a beauty product that is used to improve the look and health of the skin. Most clay masks are specifically intended for use on the face, but there are some that can be used on the entire body as well. There are a number of skin care companies that include a clay mask in their product lines. Some sell a few varieties of masks made with clay. There are even companies that specialize in clay masks.
The instructions for using a clay mask vary slightly from product to product, but the general procedure is the same. The clay is applied to the face while it is wet. The mask should completely cover the skin but should also not be too thick. This is because one of the key functions of the clay, which is to draw dirt and excess oil out of the pores, cannot be completed if the mask stays wet. If they layer of clay is too thick, it can take too long to dry.
When a clay mask is applied to the face, it should kept off of the skin around the eyes and mouth. This is because the skin in these areas is delicate and may become irritated by the clay. Once the clay has dried on the face, it should be washed away with warm water. Sometimes, when a clay mask is completely dry and ready to be removed, it looks as though it has become polka dotted, especially around the T-zone. These dots are actually little spots of oil that have been sucked out of the skin by the clay as it dried.
Many varieties of clay masks come in a wet form in a bottle or tube that must be kept closed to prevent the product from drying out. There are a few companies that sell a clay mask that comes in a powdered form. The mask is mixed at home before being applied to the face. The benefit of this kind of mask is that the user can get it to an exact desired consistency.
Furthermore, the powdered clay can be mixed with ingredients other than water or in addition to water. Mashed banana, for example, can be added to the mixture to give the skin extra moisture. Mashed avocado, a skin-nourishing ingredient, can also be used. To calm the skin, the water can be substituted with a cooled chamomile tea.