How do clay masks work?

There’s nothing that feels quite as satisfying as a clay mask, especially when you’re dealing with a fresh breakout or your skin feels extra greasy. The way the clay hardens and tightens on your skin can make it feel like it’s really, truly, definitely working. But how do clay masks work? The clay has wonderful benefits, especially for certain skin types.

Clays help to detoxify the skin and draw out impurities and oils from the surface of the skin. This is especially helpful to those people with acne or oily-prone skin. But even if you’re not plagued by breakouts—clays can be rich in minerals and acids that can benefit other skin types, too.

Clay helps absorb oils and control shine.

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may already be very familiar with clay masks. Clay is popular for these skin types for good reason. It helps draw out the impurities as well as absorb excess oils that are on the surface of the skin. Additionally, it helps reduce excess shine.

Follow up a clay mask with your usual skin care regimen.

After you mask follow through with your usual skin care regimen, which should consist of cleansing followed by serum followed by moisturiser.