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If you have oily skin you may think that you have already tried every skin care trend out there for addressing excess oil, shine and breakouts. And, if that’s the case you may have heard that clay masks can help address oily skin, but you may not understand why or how they work. Here: Take a look at three oily skin clay mask benefits and determine if the purifying mask rewards are worth giving a clay mask another try if you haven’t already dabbled with them.
Clay mask for oily skin benefit #1: Clay masks can help clear pores of surface buildup. When there is excess oil on the surface of your skin, that oil is likely to mix with sweat and makeup, which can clog your pores. A blend of pure clays in the form of a skin purifying mask can help clear pores of excess oil, by cleansing and refining the buildup so that breakouts and overall pore congestion are less likely to occur.
Clay mask for oily skin benefit #2: Clay masks can better manage shine. Some clays masks formulated with eucalyptus and other clarifying ingredients can help mattify excess oil. When your skin overproduces oil, it can cause your skin to look shiny and greasy. Clay based formulas with skin cleansing ingredients, like eucalyptus, can help draw out that excess oil, and not overly dry out your skin. It’s important to not rid your skin of all oil; stripping your skin can trick your oil-producing glands into thinking they have to produce even more oil. When this happens it can become even more difficult to control excess shine compared to how it was in the first place.
Clay mask for oily skin benefit #3: Clay masks can help pores appear tightened. Taking into account the fact that clay masks can help clear your skin’s surface of excess oil and dirt, there will most likely be less surface buildup in your pores. When pores are clear of debris they don’t have to stretch to accommodate excess oil, sweat or makeup, so they can appear visibly smaller.
Apply a clay mask for oily skin after cleansing around two to three times a week to better address excess shine. Most clay mask formulas should rest on your skin for about ten to fifteen minutes after applying and can be rinsed away with lukewarm water. Always follow a clay mask with a moisturizing step to replenish your skin and keep it better balanced with the right amount of moisture. Consider looking for a lightweight serum or a face cream formulated with glycolic acid to further help control shine throughout your day.