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When it comes to beauty, clay has been used for centuries—but it wasn’t until recently that it really started surging in popularity. The reason why clay is in the spotlight right now: It can help to draw out impurities and absorb excess oil. Pretty neat, right? One of the most common skin care products you can find clay in is face masks—but it’s popping up in hair care products, too. Ready to hop on the clay bandwagon and upgrade your skin and hair regimen? We’ve got you covered! Consult our guide to all things clay and reap the rewards! It’s time to get clayed.
Like we said, clay is often found in face masks since it can help to draw out impurities like dirt. The following three face masks from L’Oréal Paris are formulated with three types of clay: kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava. Keep reading to find out which one is best for your skin type.
In addition to clay, it’s also formulated with: eucalyptus leaf extract
Why you should use it: As the day goes on, your skin is subject to a buildup of dirt, makeup, and excess oils, which can lead to clogged pores and make your skin look super-oily. This mask helps to remove impurities and unclog pores. It also helps to reduce excess shine (bye bye, oil slick!).
In addition to clay, it’s also formulated with: charcoal
Why you should use it: Sadly, environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage your skin, leaving it looking dull and tired (so that explains why you’re no longer glow-y). This mask helps to draw out impurities, dirt, and pollution, reduce the appearance of dullness, increase luminosity, even out your skin tone, and refresh your complexion.
In addition to clay, it’s also formulated with: red algae extract
Why you should use it: Dead skin cells can accumulate on your complexion as the day goes by—and that can lead your skin’s texture becoming rough. Plus, when dirt and oil build up, this can lead to enlarged looking pores. This mask helps to draw out those impurities and tighten the appearance of pores. Plus, it exfoliates dead surface skin cells and helps to smooth imperfections.
To use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove with water.
To use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Treatment Mask, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove with water in circular motions to exfoliate.
For best results, use your mask of choice three times a week.
Clay isn’t just an ingredient that’s found in skin care products. When it comes to your hair, clay can help to absorb excess oil at your roots. Want to know how you can add it to your hair care routine? Check out these products from L’Oréal Paris!
Taking this step before you get into the shower can make a major difference. Before you shampoo, apply this mask to dry hair—specifically to your roots. Work section by section to make sure you cover your entire head. Leave the mask on for five minutes, then gently massage it as you rinse.
Now, it’s time to wash your hair! After using the mask, massage the shampoo into wet hair, lather, and rinse.
Once you’re done shampooing, apply the conditioner, leaving it on for one to three minutes before rinsing out.
Don’t have time to shower? Want to extend the life of that pricey blowout? Whatever the case may be, a can of dry shampoo can help to extend the time between shampoos. Hold the can six to eight inches away from your head and spray it directly onto oily roots then lightly through the rest of your hair, brushing it through.