CLAY MASKS: ACHIEVE HEALTHY SKIN WITH THESE NATURAL REMEDIES

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Not everybody is going to respond to the same facial treatments. Using clay masks that are tailored to your skin type, however, will give you healthy skin in no time.

Don’t be fooled though! Not all clay masks will work with your skin type. In order to find out which ones will fair in your favor, use this guide.

Benefits of Using Clay

Some of you might turn up your nose and ask what the difference is between using clay and using a chemical-ridden mask designed for the same purpose. Here’s why you should use clay over other products.

1. They’re all natural

While some people really don’t care if they use natural skincare products or not, those of you who do will find that clay can perform many of the same functions that high end name brand products can. Another bonus of clay being all natural is that people with sensitive can use most kinds with no irritation.

2. You can tailor them to your specific skin type

You can’t really put three different products in a bowl, mix them together and know that they’ll work safely on your face. With clay masks, you can do that. You can mix however many different types of clay together in order to use something for each ailment you want to mend.

3. They’re cheap

In comparison to higher end face masks and skincare products, clay masks are really cheap. In fact, they’re cheap in comparison to nearly anything. You usually buy the clay in bulk, powdered form at anywhere from $8-$20 for a pound. When you only use a tablespoon per mask, you’re not paying much at all.

Different Clays and What Skin Types Should Use Them

1. French Green Clay

This clay is named for its origin and color. It is full of volcanic matter, minerals and decomposed plant matters (great for you even if it sounds strange). This is a very cleansing clay that pulls oils and toxins from deep within your pores to clear them out and prevent blockage. This is the clay that saved my face from destruction!

A word of caution: Due to the detoxifying and oil absorbing properties, using this clay more than three times a week may result in mild irritation, including dryness and redness.

Best suited for: oily, acne prone or combination skin (only on the oily zones)

2. Bentonite Clay

You may have heard of this clay before since it’s widely known for its ability to attract dirt, oil, impurities, and suck out all the gunk that’s clogging your pores. You can find this mainly in the western United States, but the Indian Bentonite Clay is even more powerful/beneficial.

A word of caution: Again, since this mask is extremely powerful at sucking out impurities, using it more than twice a week may result in irritation.

Best suited for: oily and acne prone skin although drier skin types can use this as a monthly maintenance mask as long as it’s followed by a great moisturizer.

3. White Kaolin Clay

You may also have heard of this clay being called China Clay since it was discovered on Mount Kaolin in China and later brought to Europe during the 18th century. This clay is unique in its ability to regulate your skin’s oil production. It not only sucks out impurities and oil, but helps to keep your oil production in check.

Best suited for: all skin types. That’s right. Even children and people with aged skin can safely use this clay mask as often as necessary.

4. Moroccan Red Clay

Also known as Rhoussal Clay, it is ridiculously rich in mineral content that not only works to detoxify your skin, but also helps to heal imperfections as well. This one is great for smoothing, tightening and reducing redness in your skin.

A word of caution: Using only this clay mask more than twice a week may result in mild irritation.

Best suited for: oily, acne prone and aged skin.

5. Fuller’s Earth

If you’ve been trying out the natural skincare for some time now, you may have come across this type of clay. This vitamin rich clay can be used to unclog pores, reduce oil production, aid in the healing of acne scars and even balance your skin’s pH level.

Best suited for: Although all skin types can use this beneficial clay, I suggest those with oily, acne prone and combination skin use it regularly for the best benefits.

How to Mix Your Clay Mask

Not all clay masks are used in the same way. Depending on your skin type, you should make them with different ingredients in order to reap the most rewards. These are the best ways to make clay masks depending on your skin type.

Oily Skin: Oily skin would benefit most from mixing each mask of your choosing with apple cider vinegar. There are immense facial benefits for apple cider vinegar, but the most relevant is that it helps to balance your pH levels and reduce over production of oil.

Acne Prone Skin: This skin type would also benefit greatly by mixing clays with apple cider vinegar, but I also recommend adding a few drops of tea tree oil to this mixture for its antibacterial and acne fighting properties.

Combination Skin: This skin type should only mix masks with distilled water. I suggest this because anything else may be too moisturizing or too drying for your combination skin. Distilled water should be used so the clay doesn’t only absorb chemicals from your tap water instead of from your face.

Dry Skin: Dry skin types have the hardest time with clay masks because they can be drying at times even though they’re beneficial. Depending on the severity of your dryness, I recommend mixing your clays with beneficial oils instead of with water.

Aged Skin: I like to treat aged skin like dry skin. Using oils or just distilled water when mixing your clay masks will provide maximum benefits while reducing the side effects.

By: youqueen

How to Pick the Right Foundations for Your Skin Type

To find the perfect foundation, you need a formula that enhances your complexion and solves your skin hang ups. Here’s our guide to the best foundations.

As the base of every beauty look, foundation is one of the key products in any girl’s makeup kit.

Sometimes the quest to find the perfect foundation can be a little overwhelming, with so many products on the market all claiming to suit a range of different skin types. We  have rounded up the best foundations to suit every skin type.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, the best way to control shine is with an oil-free foundation, so it’s best to avoid any formulas that are ‘dewy’ or ‘luminous’ in texture.

When applying your foundation, it’s a good idea to use a sponge or duo fibre foundation brush, so less product is applied but it’s blended seamlessly for a flawless finish. Plus, it stops oil transferring from your hands to your face.

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, it can be difficult to find a foundation that hydrates while still providing coverage and lasting all day without flaking.

When trying to find the perfect foundation, it’s best to look for liquid foundations that include ingredients that will hydrate your complexion, such as light reflective pigments.

Acne-Prone Skin

If you have a tendency to suffer from breakouts, then it’s best to opt for a fuller coverage foundation to cover those red areas. Don’t be tempted to cover your entire face in full-coverage foundation though; it’s best to apply it to those areas with breakouts and then let your skin show to give you a more natural result.

Using mineral foundation is a trick makeup artists use to enhance skin that suffers from acne. Mineral foundations are often more comfortable to wear on the skin as they contain fewer chemicals, oils and other additives that can irritate sensitive skin or cause unnecessary breakouts.

Mature Skin

When it comes to mature skin, you need a formula that leaves the skin even and glowing without emphasizing fine lines or wrinkles. Any formula that is too matte or full coverage will age the skin as it gives a flattening effect, so it’s best to use light-reflecting products with a dewy finish.

Normal Skin

If your skin doesn’t fall into any of these categories, then it falls into the normal skin type. Normal skin is neither too dry nor too oily, with few blemishes or sensitivity. If you have normal skin, then there’s a whole host of foundations at your fingertips.

 

 

 

I hope y’all are doing fine. I will be back soon. See you then, Take care 😘😘

11 Ways You’re Removing Your Makeup Wrong

Chances are you think you know how to remove your makeup and wash your face. But guess what? You might just be doing it all wrong. ​Here are 11 ways you’re cleaning your face incorrectly.

1. You’re not removing your makeup at all. By now you know that skipping this step can wreak havoc on your skin since overnight, the makeup will mix with sweat and bacteria on your face and brew blemishes. Not to mention that makeup can dry out your skin, leaving it dehydrated. To avoid unnecessary breakouts and dehydrated skin, always remove your makeup before bed. Even if it is a huge pain in the ass.

2. You’re not washing your face after you use a makeup wipe. I get it, washing your face is a hassle as it is, and sometimes you only have the strength to sweep a wipe over your face and fall into bed. But using a makeup wipe solo isn’t going to cut it all of the time. Instead, make sure that after you remove your makeup with a wipe (if that’s your jam), you wash your face with an actual cleanser to clear away any dirt or grime left behind.

3. You use the same wipe to remove all your makeup. Using one wipe for your whole face won’t give you a thorough cleanse for two reasons: (1) You risk transferring your eye makeup on your face or vice versa, pressing it into your pores and possibly clogging them, and (2) there could be leftover makeup residue left behind on your face. That’s why it’s a good idea to use two wipes — one to remove your makeup and another to pick up leftover residue — before actually washing your face.

4. You’re not fully removing your eye makeup. Not thoroughly taking off your eye makeup can lead to an eye infection, which nobody wants. So take the extra time to remove your eyeliner or mascara — even if you have to blow through six wipes to successfully do it. For a speedier removal, use eye makeup remover pads, like these from Almay. Hold the pad against your eye for a few seconds, allowing the formula to saturate the liner and mascara before you gently wipe your makeup away.

5. You’re not using the right remover for the makeup you’re wearing. If you’re heading out of the house with a lightweight BB cream or concealer only where you need it, a micellar cleanser or cleansing water will do the trick when you’re removing your makeup. (Try Caudalíe Cleansing Water.) But if you have a full face on (foundation, contouring, mascara, a bold lip — the whole works), then you need to use a formula (an oil cleanser like this Boots one) that is a bit heavier hitting when it comes time to wash your face.

6. The water you’re using to wash your face is too hot. Fact: Hot water strips your skin of its moisture. Instead, treat your skin with some TLC and use lukewarm water to wash and rinse your face.

7. You’re using the wrong type of cleanser for your skin type. If you have yet to nail down your skin type (normal, oily, combination, etc.), make an appointment with your dermatologist to figure out what your exact needs are. Then, based on what your dermatologist says, use a cleanser that will meet your skin’s needs so you continue to have the clearest, most hydrated skin possible.

8. Your cleanser doesn’t have the right pH levels. Healthy skin has a naturally acidic pH of 4.0 to 5.5 and to keep it that way, you need a slightly acidic cleanser (often cleansers are too alkaline and can strip your skin’s moisture barrier) to keep your acid mantle intact. Your acid mantle is a thin, protective layer on your skin’s surface that helps control pH​ and protects it from the outer elements (dirt, bacteria, pollution,etc.), inhibits bacterial growth (Bye, acne!), and helps your skin stay firm and elastic.  If it’s compromised, skin can become imbalanced, break out, become pink and inflamed and even dry and flaky.

To keep your skin’s pH levels neutral, look for a cleanser that falls between the 3.0 to 3.5 range. Don’t worry, these days, brands like Phace Bioactive are calling their pH levels out on their packaging, so it’s easy to detect).

9. Your scrub is too harsh for your face. You wouldn’t clean your favorite soft leather bag with a Brillo pad, would you? Of course not. So don’t do the same to you precious, delicate skin. Rather than opting for a scrub with harsh, sharp exfoliants (like crushed seeds or nut shells), reach for one with synthetic, non-abrasive spheres that slough away dead skin cells effectively without doing any damage.

10. You’re exfoliating your face with your towel. Sure, your bath towel could provide added exfoliation, but that’s not what it’s there for, so don’t use it to scrub away last night’s makeup sins. Instead, apply an exfoliator that’s subtly gritty yet still soft and won’t scratch your face. Use circular motions to massage the exfoliator over your skin and you’ll slough away flaky, dead layers.

11. You’re rubbing your skin with your towel to dry it. Stop what you’re doing and pat your face rather than rubbing it raw. Again, you should have exfoliated it with your scrub, allowing it do the work, so there’s no need to be rough and rub it to death.