How To Clay The Right Way
There are a lot of misconceptions out there that you need to let your clay mask completely dry. This is not the best practice for using clay masks and damages your skin.
Clay masks are beneficial because your skin soaks up the goodness of the minerals & nutrients whilst decongesting & cleansing your skin. However, if you let your clay mask completely dry to the point where it is cracking, you're hurting your skin.
Clay masks are amazing and have so many skin benefits, you just need to know how to use them correctly. Remember these 2 steps & you'll never clay the wrong way again!
1. Don't let it crack
Having clay that tight on your skin steals the moisture from your skin which is what causes that feeling of itchiness & tightness. It also causes irritation & dehydration which is the opposite of what we are trying to achieve. When using a clay mask I assume you are like me, trying to resolve a skin issue, not create a new one?
So to avoid this still let your clay mask dry but the moment it starts to crack or flake, you need to remove it.
2. No scrubs
No unfortunately I'm not talking about TLC's best song ever... I'm saying that if you are scrubbing away at your face trying to remove the clay, this is another sign that it has been on for too long and dried too much on your skin.
Excessive rubbing of your skin can reduce elasticity and encourage wrinkles - both signs of ageing which we are trying to avoid. You should be able to gently remove your clay mask with warm water and a face towel. If it takes a couple of goes to remove, that's fine, but just don't be rubbing your skin to try and remove it because this is doing more damage than good.