As you age, it’s inevitable that your skin care routine will need to change. The reason being, mature skin has a tendency to feel dry and look dull—and no matter how much facial moisturizer you seem to apply, your skin may never really feel nourished. It’s common to experience lackluster, dry skin as you get older, in part because your skin’s natural oil production starts to slow down over time. Even if you had oily skin in your younger years, dryness may start to set in, becoming your new normal.
Not only can dry skin look dull, but it can feel uncomfortable at times too. Sure, serums, creams, and rich moisturizers can help, but so can another not-so-obvious skin care product: Clay masks. You may think that clay masks are for oily skin types and that’s it, but clay face masks come in many different varieties. Some can even refine your skin’s surface so that mature skin looks more radiant, nourished, and smooth. Here’s how to use a clay mask for mature skin, plus our best clay mask option for mature skin types.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CLAY MASK FOR MATURE SKIN
Now that your skin is producing less oil, you’ll want to preserve its natural hydrating functions and encourage moisture retention. A clay mask that has a creamy, cushiony texture can blanket the skin with its nourishing formula. Over time, these clay masks can promote the appearance of more beautiful-looking skin by visibly minimizing imperfections and allowing the skin to feel as though it can breathe better.
Additionally, you’ll want to look for a clay mask formula that gently refines your skin’s surface to help reduce the buildup of dead skin cells that is causing your skin to look dull and lackluster. An exfoliating clay mask can help dry, mature skin become better prepared to receive hydration from other moisturizing skin care products, resulting in better nourishment and more radiant-looking skin. Ready to learn about a clay mask that fits the bill? Here we go!
OUR BEST CLAY MASK FOR MATURE SKIN
Let us fill you in on the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask. This indulgent, transformative clay mask gets to work upon application, addressing rough skin and deeply clogged pores in as little as 10 minutes. Formulated with three types of clay and red algae extract, this clay mask works to slough away dead skin cells while refining overall texture to reveal a polished, younger-looking complexion with pores that appear minimized.
HOW TO USE A CLAY MASK IN YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Now that you know about our best clay mask for mature skin, here’s how to incorporate it into your skin care routine.
STEP #1: CLEANSE
As with any skin care routine, you should start by using a facial cleanser. Try a nourishing cream cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser, which is formulated specifically for mature skin. To apply, wet your face, massage the cleanser onto your skin, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
STEP #2: USE YOUR FACE MASK
To use your exfoliating face mask, apply an even layer to clean dry skin, making sure to avoid the eye and lip area. Leave the clay mask on for 10-15 minutes before removing with lukewarm water. Unlike most face masks that are meant for once a week use, this clay mask should be used up to three times a week for best results.
STEP #3: MOISTURIZE
The last step in your skin care routine is to apply an anti-aging moisturizer. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer, which is formulated with imperial peony and LHA. The intense daily moisturizing cream is enhanced with rosy pigments to instantly revive skin’s healthy rosy tone. Immediately after using, skin is hydrated and feels smoother, while skin appears renewed with continued use over time.
This isn’t the only face mask you can use on mature skin. If you’re interested in something other than a clay mask for showing your mature skin some TLC, read our article, Our Best Face Mask for Mature, Dull Skin.