Creating an application technique that works for your skin will get you one step closer to a beautiful complexion.
1) Mixing The Clay
Step 1: Start with approx 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon of clay in a clay face mask bowl or any small non-metal bowl.
Step 2: Slowly add 1/4 teaspoon of room temperature or warm water and mix with a non-metal spoon.
Step 3: Continue adding small amounts of water and mixing until a creamy mud-like consistency is reached. Some clays need more water and some need less, so always begin with just a little water and continue to check the consistency. Be sure to mix well to a smooth clay paste.
2) Applying the Mask
Step 1: Begin with a clean*, dry face free of make-up, moisturizers, etc.
Step 2: Using a clay face mask applicator brush or a flat foundation brush, apply the mask to your face. You can apply using any technique that you like. I usually apply a thin first layer and then apply a second thicker layer so the mask is about 1/8 inch thick.
If you have combination skin, suggest targeted application and multi-masking.
Step 3: Allow mask to dry for 5-10 minutes. Drying times vary depending on the clay and your skin type. As the clay dries you will feel a pulling and tightening sensation on your skin.
For oily skin or a deep cleanse, allow the mask to dry almost completely and then remove--leaving the mask on longer does not add anything beneficial to the treatment and may cause increased redness.
The drying phase is when the clay draws moisture from the surface of the skin.
Thus for sensitive or dry skin or a more gentle cleanse, allow the mask to only dry around the edges of the face and nose and then remove (about 5 minutes).
Removing the Mask
Step 1: I like to remove a clay mask with warm water and my fingers.
To re-hydrate the mask a bit for easier removal, you can dampen a face cloth with warm water and hold it to the face before removal.
Using gentle circular motions with fingers helps to stimulate circulation, polish your skin and provide an exfoliating action as the mask is removed. You may also use a face cloth to remove the mask.
Step 2: Gently pat face dry completely with a soft face towel.After application of a clay mask, you will feel a tightening effect and the skin may even feel a bit itchy at first.
Clay helps increase circulation. As a result, you may experience mild temporary redness for up to 30 minutes.
Step 3: Moisturize! Follow-up with a facial oil or moisturizer
Step 4: Enjoy your super smooth and beautifully fresh skin!
If you are concerned about skin sensitivity do a skin patch test.