A common problem that people struggle with when it comes to skin care is trying to find an all-natural solution that actually works. Unfortunately, all-natural solutions often, but not always, fall short of expectations.
But what if we told you there’s a powerful beauty ingredient out there that actually lives up to the hype? Not just something that can complement the SiO FaceLift, but an ingredient that’s so versatile that it’ll actually work on any skin type?
If you’ve tried every skin product under the sun and nothing has worked well for you, it sounds like it’s time to give clay a shot.
What Is Clay?
Some of you may be wondering what on earth clay is, and that’s completely understandable! That’s why today, we’re going to break down what clay is and why it’s such a valuable part of any effective skin care routine.
The science of clay can get pretty complicated, so for the sake of clarity, we’re going to keep things as simple as possible.
On a daily basis, the average person comes into contact with a range of toxins that can cause some major problems for your skin. It’s actually pretty common to take in a bunch of toxins just by breathing in the fumes around us, and that’s not even counting the toxins we take in any time we eat processed foods.
Basically, the molecules in clay carry a negative electron charge. All that nasty stuff stored in your skin carries a positive charge. Which means that when you apply a clay mask to your face, all of those impurities are drawn out of your skin and into that clay.
Bacteria, fungi, toxins, viruses...all of it gets removed by the clay mask. And as if that wasn’t enough, all the nourishing minerals from the clay are then transferred to your face.
To be clear, there are a variety of different types of clay that you can choose from, but you want to use a clay mask that contains 100-percent natural calcium bentonite clay. With an abundance of minerals like calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium, clay masks can be a pretty powerful skin care tool in your arsenal!
How To Make Your Own Clay Mask
OK, so all of that sounds great, but how do you actually make your own clay face mask? Well, once you’ve picked up your clay, you’ll need to mix up mask recipes. But before you get started, a word of warning.
Make sure that you’re using plastic, glass, or wooden bowls and spoons. The problem with metal bowls and spoons is that they can interfere with the negative charge of the mask, which would rob you of all the mask’s benefits!
One of the most common (and effective) ways to make your own DIY clay mask is to mix equal parts clay with raw apple cider vinegar.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 Tablespoons of clay
- 3 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 Glass or plastic bowl
- 1 Wooden or plastic mixing spoon
Start with three tablespoons of clay. Mix that with the apple cider vinegar in the bowl. Use your spoon to stir until you achieve a chunky consistency, but make sure that all the powder has been successfully mixed in. Also, make sure that you don’t overmix or let the mixture dry out.
Once you’ve done all that, you can go ahead and apply it evenly across your face. To apply your clay mask properly, use your fingers to spread the mixture evenly. If you’d like, you can also use a cosmetic sponge or cotton ball, but using your hands is the most common option.
If you’ve made too much, no need to worry. You can apply the face mask down your neckline. (Tip: To get rid of those pesky neck lines for good, check out our SiO Beauty NeckLift patches!)
Next, just let the mask sit on your face for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water, and you’ll be good to go! Keep in mind that it’s perfectly normal to feel a tingling sensation on your face as the mask dries on your skin. As a general rule, most people apply clay masks once or twice a week to keep their skin smooth and clear.
The Right Clay Mask For You
If there’s any universal rule in the world of skin care, it’s that there’s rarely a one-size-fits-all solution. If you want to see results, you need to find the right products for your own skin.
That’s why instead of just focusing on the most common version of the clay mask recipe, we’re going to take a look at some of the most useful variants for people with specific skin care needs.
Clay Mask For Acne
The great thing about clay masks is that they can be particularly helpful for people who suffer from acne. These masks can help decrease oil production, heal up your acne, and keep your face looking clear.
To make the most of your clay, you’ll want to combine it with activated charcoal. This will ensure that your mask absorbs any excess oil you have and help clear out your clogged pores. Beyond that, using probiotics as part of a face mask has the capacity to help prevent acne.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Tablespoon of clay
- 1 Tablespoon of activated charcoal
- 1 Probiotic capsule
- 2 Tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 drop of essential oil (tea tree, juniper berry, cedarwood, lemon, or lavender)
Start by combining the activated charcoal and the clay in a small bowl. From there, add the probiotic powder inside the capsule.
Use the raw apple cider vinegar to make a paste. Once you’ve made the paste, you can add the essential oil and stir. With clean hands, spread the mask over your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water, and apply moisturizer once you’re finished.
Clay Mask For Dry Skin
The approach for creating a clay mask for dry skin is a bit different. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Tablespoon of clay
- 1 Tablespoon of rosehip oil
- 1 Tablespoon of rose water
- 1 drop of essential oil
The process for mixing involves putting the clay and the rosehip oil in your bowl, then adding rose water to create a paste. Add the essential oil after that and stir. Make sure you have clean fingers, then spread it across your face and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Clay Mask For Wrinkles
When making a clay mask specifically for wrinkles, you’ll want to take advantage of the power of green tea and vitamin C for their powerful antioxidant protection that strengthens collagen and helps repair free-radical damage.
What you’ll need:
- 1 Tablespoon of clay
- 1 Vitamin C capsule
- 2 Tablespoons of green tea, cooled
- 1 Drop of essential oil
Combine the clay and the vitamin C in your bowl, then add the green tea to make a paste. Add the essential oil, stir, and apply the mixture to your face.
If you’re looking for something a bit more simple in the fight against wrinkles, try our SiO Beauty products to make your skin care routine as straightforward as possible. And SiO Beauty products like the FaceLift patches aren’t just easy to use; they’re also clinically proven to improve skin hydration and reduce wrinkle depth.
SiO Beauty And Clay Masks: The Ultimate Beauty Combo
When you choose the right skin care products, nothing can stop you from achieving the gorgeous skin you crave. Clay masks and SiO Beauty patches are the ideal skin care combination.
Clay works to remove the environmental toxins we all come into contact with every day. Follow that up with SiO Beauty’s medical-grade silicone patches to fight the signs of aging, and you’ve got a routine that will leave your skin glowing and radiant all day long.