How to Use a Clay Mask / Skin Care MaskA mask works by connecting itself to the dirt, toxins and oils trapped in your face's pores so that when you wash away the clay, you wash away those other impurities too. So it's important to start with a face that is at least reasonably clean on the surface, so that the clay can find its way down into your pores and make those connections.
It's best to wash your face with a gentle soap and warm water. That will take away any top layer of makeup and grime. The warm water will also cause the pores to open up, so that the mask you use can connect with whatever is within it.
Pat your face dry. Then squeeze some of the mask into your hand. Apply it with soft circular motion to help it get into the various pores, nooks and crannies of your face. You want it to be thick enough that every pore gets some goo into it, but thin enough so that the whole mask can dry and therefore lift away that dirt and oil. A good rule of thumb is that you want to put on just enough so that you can't see the skin any more - but so there is not a 'thickness' to the mask It should be like a layer of aluminum foil pressed down on your skin, as far as a thickness similarity goes. Solid but thin.
Let the mask dry. Each mask will have on it a recommendation of how long this takes, usually from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. You want the mask to be fully dry so it has sucked all of the impurities away from your pores, but you also don't want to sit there for hours! When you are ready, use warm water and a washcloth to wash away the mask. This again keeps the pores open so that any lingering clays are cleaned out of them, and the washcloth helps to get that clay off your face.
When you're done, many people follow up with a rinse of cold water. The cold water will close the pores back up again, helping them keep future grime from entering!
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