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What Is a Facial Mud Mask?

Facial mud masks may help prevent acne.
Facial mud masks are typically removed with a wet washcloth.
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A facial mud mask is a type of clay mask used as a beauty treatment for the skin on the face. The mask is spread evenly on the face, left on for the specific amount of time as stated in the instructions, and gently wiped off with warm water and a washcloth. These mud masks are designed to improve the appearance of the skin by removing impurities and dead skin cells, deeply cleansing the pores, moisturizing, and tightening the skin for a younger looking appearance.

A facial mud mask often contains mud and minerals from the Dead Sea, as well as other ingredients designed to cleanse and soften. These may include aloe, chamomile, jojoba oil, or other types of clay, just to name a few. Each ingredient in the mud mask is designed to thoroughly cleanse and refresh the skin, by removing oils from the face and improving circulation. Facial mud masks may be applied at home or at a spa. They are very popular spa treatments, though it is often much less expensive to apply a mud mask at home.

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It is often recommended that a facial mud mask not be applied more than two to three times per week. Those with oily or acne-prone skin may want to apply a mud mask three times per week, while those with dry or combination skin may only apply it once or twice. People with sensitive skin should test any facial mud mask in a small area first, to be sure it will not cause an allergic reaction; it is probably a good idea to only use a mud mask once every week or two. Most mud masks appear green or white on the face after application.

A mud mask should be applied to clean, dry skin, and spread all over the face, including the forehead. Be careful to avoid the eye area. In general, mud masks must sit on the face for 10 to 15 minutes, after which time they may be washed off with warm water or gently removed with a washcloth. Soap or facial cleansers should not be used to remove a mud mask. After removal, one might choose to apply a gentle moisturizer to the face, but that is not always necessary. Regular use of a facial mud mask can help to clear and brighten the skin, but if irritation occurs, either discontinue use of the mud mask, or use it less frequently.

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candyquilt
Post 3

@feruze-- Yea, you can make it at home! You will need to buy clay powder for it and then any oils or extracts that you would want to add in.

There are organic stores which sell the clay and the instructions is to mix it with water and apply. But I find that can be a bit harsh, so I also add a few drops of a natural essential oil, like lemongrass or maybe lavender.

To be honest, it won't come out exactly the same as store-bought ones, the texture and consistency is different. But if you are trying to save money by making your own or if you need a mud mask especially for your skin type, it's a good idea.

bear78
Post 2

Can I make a mud face mask at home? Does anyone have any recipes for it?

ddljohn
Post 1

I have just started using a dead sea mud mask. The lady at the spa suggested this for my acne prone skin. I have tried many different kinds of masks but have not seen much improvement. I have oily skin, blackheads and acne.

It has been one week since I started using this mud mask and I think it's working for me. The online store where I bought it said that mud is like a sponge and will absorb all of the oil and dirt on the face and will clean the pores.

I have noticed that my face is less oily and my pores are smaller. I think I have to wait at least another week to see a change in my acne because the website said that it takes about two weeks. I am using it twice a week now.

If it also improves my acne, I will use mud masks regularly from now on.

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