A facial mud mask is actually a type of clay mask or mineral-rich mud 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 until dry, and gently wiped off with warm water and a washcloth. Facial 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 the skin. 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. Even though they are very popular spa treatments, it is often much less expensive to apply a facial mud mask at home.
It is often recommended that a facial mud mask not be applied more than once or twice 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. People with sensitive skin should test any facial mud mask in a small area first, to be sure it will not cause any allergic reactions; it is probably a good idea to only use a mud mask once every week or two. Most mud masks appear grey, green or white on the face after application.
A mud mask should be applied to clean, dry skin, and spread in a medium layer 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 for the most beneficial effects, after which time they may be washed off with warm water or gently removed with a washcloth. Facial cleansers or soap should not be used to remove your mud mask. After removal, one can apply a gentle moisturizer to the face, but that is not always necessary. Regular use of a facial mud mask will 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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