July 21 2020 – Erin Mawhinney
Cleopatra is known to have applied a dead sea clay mask twice a week to purify her complexion.
Mud masks can work wonders when it comes to skincare. As it sits and absorbs into your face, face masks deliver the skin with valuable nutrients deeper and with higher potency than usual types of applications. Because face masks are occluding the skin - meaning they provide a barrier between the face and the air so that the product has nowhere to go but into the skin - the penetration of the ingredients is much stronger - and faster. In fact, even if you were to put a mask on your face with nothing on it, it would aid in hydration as the barrier reduces the amount of moisture your skin is losing to the air around you.
But how do they work?
Because they’re experts at both removing oils and retaining moisture, mud masks are perfect for combination skin in which your skin struggles with both excess oil and dehydration. If you are familiar with enlarged pores, this is due to your pores stretching to hold in the surplus sebum. Luckily, mud and clay have special properties to absorb excess oil from your pores without compromising necessary hydration. You can think of the mud in these masks as a magnet, or even a sponge, drawing impurities like dirt and oil out of your clogged pores for a clearer complexion. When wet, clay swells and binds to impurities and, as it dries, soaks them into its center. When it comes to cleaning and absorption properties, mud masks are irreplaceable.
Of course, mud and clay are also packed with nutrients for your combination skin. So, as they are drawing out the bad stuff, they’re also supplying you with plenty of the good stuff - mud is packed with nourishing minerals, salts, and natural elements such as silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron and potassium...and many more! Silica is essential for collagen production, which improves skin elasticity and firmness. Calcium preserves a healthy skin glow. Magnesium is effective in lowering cortisol levels, stabilizing hormonal imbalances, and improving cellular processes. Sodium aids in acne by soaking up excess sebum...must we go on?
Perhaps the best part about mud masks is how versatile they are, suitable for all skin types. That’s why they are so optimal for combination skin - having both oily and dry regions on the face can make skincare very tricky. However, mud masks are highly absorbent for oils yet gentle enough to ensure they are not drying.
What Does the Ingredient List Look Like?
Grace & stella’s Dea Sea Mud Mask is packed with Pure Dead Sea Mud, so you know you’re getting all the good stuff. It also contains kaolin, a type of clay found in nature that helps to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris from the skin. Kaolin even increases circulation to the areas of skin inflicted with acne or other contaminants, helping to stimulate healing and to reduce irritation.
Our Dead Sea Mud Mask contains shea butter, made up of high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins, for optimal moisture. Shea butter is also known to have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
Sunflower Oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, specifically, Vitamin E, assisting in combatting acne and irritation. Sunflower oil assists in retaining moisture as well, similar to other ingredients such as the gentle and hydrating Vegetable Glycerin. Similarly aiding with irritation, our Dead Sea Mud Mask contains Aloe Vera Juice, known to reduce the frequency and appearance of acne. It may also help reduce skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis.
Calendula Oil has been praised for its fantastic propensity to relieve skin, even in conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and dandruff. Finally, the jojoba oil found in our Dead Sea Mud Mask helps to regulate the sebum production of our skin, which comes especially in handy for our combination-skin customers with oily face regions.
Overall, this power-list of beneficial ingredients is designed to make your skin feel great. The formulation of grace & stella’s Dead Sea Mud Mask ensures maximal detoxification and purification, absorbing the impurities from our skin that we don’t need and supplying us with the nutrients we could always use more of. When combination skin becomes a little too complicated, a mud mask is a perfect solution.
Purchase grace & stella’s Dead Sea Mud Mask today for the good stuff we can’t get enough of!