Man was made from clay and every time the desire to feel youthful and rejuvenated stirs the human mind the logic of slathering our skin with layers of healing and soothing mineral infused mud makes a perfect case. The use of medicinal clay in folk medicine goes back to prehistoric times. Indigenous peoples around the world still use clay widely, which is related to geophagy or the story of human origins from the clay — who knows? The first recorded use of medicinal clay goes back to ancient Mesopotamia, and in the recent years our drugstore counters lined with skin beautifying mud treatments reiterate the fact that the myth of — beauty from the marl of the earth still holds strong.
Popular at spas and dermatologist offices, skin masks promise rejuvenation and younger, healthier looking skin. Their over-the-counter versions can offer an easier, more affordable solution at home, read up and reap rewards.
Exfoliating Dead Skin Cells — The first noticeable benefit, following facial care with a mud mask is that the skin radiates with vitality, a healthy tone and is silky soft to the touch. The natural silica found in the mud from dead seas hardens on the skin once applied on the skin. This allows the mask to extract toxins and impurities located deep in the skin layers, and also to slough off the redundant layer of dead skin cells on the surface. After washing it all off the result is visibly clear looking skin, with clean pores and even skin tone.
Taming Acne Prone Skin — Thanks to the sulfur infused therapeutic effects of mud mask, this mask can be a real life saver if you suffer from acne, black heads and breakouts. Mud masks contains natural minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium, which are known to treat, detoxify, and cleanse the skin. Before you buy a clay mask to tame acne prone skin, it’s important to know how to read labels and understand how the ingredients contained in each may help get rid of acne. For example, a mask containing Fuller’s clay on the label of a clay mask kit, is a highly-absorbent clay that is believed to help purify the skin and draw away oils, toxins and dirt that clog pores and cause acne. French green clay is also highly absorbent and has been said to strip away excess sebum.
Stimulate Circulation — When blood and lymphatic circulation to the skin is poor it leads to an uneven skin tone, toxin retention, and wear and tear in the skin leading to tired looking skin and wrinkles. By applying a weekly facial mud pack you can dramatically help the blood flow to your skin cells and achieve a healthier and plumper looking skin. If you are aiming for skin rejuvenation look for red clay, which contains iron oxide, an ingredient that boosts cell production to help skin rejuvenate faster.
Mud From The Dead Sea — The first chemical analysis of Dead Sea water was done in 1772, revealing its high magnesium and calcium content. While mineral-rich Dead Sea mud often appears in skin care products and cosmetics, people seeking relief from their inflammatory skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis can benefit from using masks or baths diluted with Dead Sea salts and mud. Dead Sea minerals, particularly magnesium boosts moisture levels and helps smooth dry skin conditions.
Don’t Neglect To Hydrate Skin Properly After Using Such Masks
Mud masks are definitely worthwhile for pampering and detoxifying the skin, though it is important to note here that mud and clay masks help to draw out the natural oil from the skin, we need to pay special attention to nourishing and rehydrating the skin immediately afterwards to avoid skin dehydration or irritation.