Clay & Other Face Masks

Clay masks are the best friends of facial steaming. After steaming your face, your pores are opened wider, making it the perfect time to pull toxins out of your body. This is exactly what clay masks do.
You have to be careful in selecting and using a clay mask, however, because you may be allergic to the ingredients in the product. Like the facial steam, using a clay mask may make things worse before they get better.

This occurs because as you bring toxins to the surface of the skin, the bacteria may spread and infect other areas of skin- thus spreading the acne. But listen, you want to get the toxins out of your body. I feel it is a bargain to have a little more of a flare-up for a day or two in exchange for clearer skin.

Remember with acne, the name of the game is patience, followed by persistence. Keep the apartment from our analogy in mind; once you do major cleaning, it gets dirtier before it gets cleaner because you need to move stuff around to get every nook and cranny clean. But afterwards, you are glad that you took no shortcuts in getting the house cleaned right. The same concept applies to the skin; you get what you’ve worked for.

I suggest using black charcoal masks that are available in most beauty supply stores. These types of masks are not usually available in drug stores however. The black clay mask really works to pull debris out of your skin because charcoal is an incredible detoxifier.

Again, you may have an acne flare- up the first few times after having used a detoxifying mask. But it’s worth the new pimples in the long run. That’s why it’s a great idea to disinfect your skin after using a detoxifying mask. Later you will discover that these masks can help you to have smoother skin as they help draw toxins from your pores.

Visualize

Imagine the mask sucking toxins away from your skin and placing them into the mask. As you wash off the mask, imagine that you have also washed away excess toxins from your skin.

Frequency

I normally use a clay mask right after I have steamed my face. Depending on how congested my skin in I will use a mask 2-4 times a week. Of course, I realize that too much of a good thing is a bad thing; I still listen to my body to decide if a clay mask would benefit my skin.

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