Clay face masks are great for unclogging pores. Most of the time, the clay is mixed with water. However, you can give it super powers to do more than just unclog pores by mixing clay with yummy things like yogurt, honey, or even watermelon. Read on to find out the unexpected benefits of each.
Mixing clay with yogurt turns your mask into an anti-aging powerhouse. That’s because yogurt is full of lactic acid, which helps to dissolve dead skin cells, tighten skin, and reduce discoloration.
The lactic acid in yogurt also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help it kill P. acnes bacteria. Add that to the abilities we mentioned above and you’ve got a mighty acne fighter.
However, just any yogurt won’t do. It needs to have live active cultures because this enhances the antibacterial properties of yogurt. It should also be thick, like greek yogurt, so that it doesn’t run off of your face. To find out which brands of greek yogurt contain live active cultures, click here.
Honey is one of nature’s miracles. It is antibacterial, loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and natural enzymes that nourish the skin from the inside out, and it is also a strong wound healer. Because of this, adding honey to your mask is great to combat acne.
However, not all honey is created equal. Manuka honey, from New Zealand, has up to four times the amounts of nutrients as regular flower honey, giving it superior antibacterial properties. The varying levels of nutrients in Manuka honey has led to a rating system known as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). You should use a honey with a A UMF of 10, or more. If you are unable to purchase Manuka honey, use a filtered organic honey.
Watermelon is a rich source of antioxidants including Lycopene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. This makes them a natural anti-aging compound. Vitamin A also makes watermelon a natural way to remove oil. Be sure to use the fruit, and not watermelon juice, to get these wonderful benefits. While you could just rub a slice of watermelon on your skin, try mashing the red fruit and adding it to clay. Just be sure to remove the seeds first.
Which Clay Should I Use?
Many clay masks come premixed with water. Try to find a dry mask that you can mix at home. Kaiya Naturals has three different dry masks that are perfect for this. Mix the dry clay mask with the liquid of your choice in a 1:2 ratio (one part liquid to two parts clay).
If you are looking for your mask to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, use the Chickie Gold Mud Mask with either yogurt, or watermelon. If you are looking for a mask to help unclog pores and control acne, use the Seedalina Mud Mask with honey.
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