Mud vs clay mask, what are the differences? Which one is better for your skin type?
Both masks are natural and great for providing a healthy skin look. Here I’m sharing the difference between mud vs. clay masks, how to use them, and which one to choose based on your skin type!
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Mud Masks Summary
Mud masks contain water, minerals, and other items such as soy and clay. There are different types of mud masks, such as the dead sea mud mask, the volcanic mud mask, moor mud, green and black mud mask, and more.
This type of mask is anti-aging, improves skin texture, controls shine and sebum, and it’s an excellent treatment for acne, blackheads, and spots.
It’s suitable for the face and body, and If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin like me, you can also benefit from its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Are you suffering from cracked feet or dry, dark knees, elbows, armpits, or bikini lines? Then you should try a mud mask for softness and brighter skin tone.
Other key benefits of mud masks that I haven’t mentioned yet are:
- It’s astringent
- Cell renewing
- Unclog Pores
Cons Of Mud Mask
This is not the best type of mask for everyday usage, as by doing so, you take the risk of thinning your skin.
Clay Masks Summary
There are different types of clay masks, in different colors, with diverse nutrients and benefits. You can often find they are rich in minerals, potassium, magnesium, and iron.
They can be antiseptic, anti-bactericidal, and ideal for providing deeper cleansing; However, their benefits will vary depending on their color and composition. Check my Clay Mask 101 Guide to learn more.
A few benefits of using clay masks are:
- It will unclog and minimize pores
- Smooth and brighten the skin
- Prevent acne and excess oil
- Exfoliate and firm the skin
Cons Of Clay Masks
Pay attention if you already have dehydrated skin, as clay masks can dry it even more. For the same reason, it is also not indicated for everyday usage.
Mud vs. Clay Mask: What’s The Difference?
We cannot deny that mud masks and clay masks have lots in common. They are ingredients extracted from the earth that provide similar benefits, such as exfoliation, oil control, smoothness, and pore minimization.
They may also contain similar textures, but the button line is that:
Mud masks are more healing and gentle than clay masks, ideal for sensitized skin. Also, clay masks are ideal for those with very oily skin (as it absorbs more oil), while mud masks as more indicated for those with normal to dry skin.
Do need to prevent sensitivity or stressed skin? Then use mud masks to prevent redness and nourish irritation. Do you have extremely oily and sensitive skin, then you can try pink and white clay masks, which are healing as well.
Can You Use Mud Mask and Clay Mask Together?
Yes, it is possible to use mud and clay masks together. For example, you can use a mud mask on sensitized areas and apply a clay mask on the rest of your face. It is also possible to purchase skincare products that contain both ingredients.
How To Use Clay & Mud Masks
For making a mud mask, get one tablespoon of mud powder and add a little water gradually until you have a paste that you can apply on your face.
The same apply for clay masks, use a clay mask powder of your choice and add a little water until you have a paste.
With the help of silicon brush, apply the mud mask one the face, elbols, knee, armpits or any other needed area. Wait for 30 minutes and rinse with water.
Have in mind that the time you’ll wait will depend on the brand’s instruction. It can vary can be 15 minutes or 30 minutes.
How Ofeten Should I use These Masks?
You don’t have to use these masks everyday, as it can dry out your skin. If you have very oily skin you may try to do it one to two times a week (I have oily skin myself and I don’t do it more than once a week). If you have normal and dry skin, once a week is enough.
How To Prepare Mud & Clay Masks
Anti-aging DIY Mud Mask
This anti-aging mud mask DIY mix contains dead see mud which is great for toning, renewing and improving skin elasticity.
You can try making a facial mask using one table spoon of dead sea mud mask, add one desert spoon of honey and a couple of chamomile essential oil. Mix it well and apply for 15-30 minutes.
After using it periodically, your skin can get smoother, balanced, hydrated, brighter and you will notice improvements in skin texture.
Anti-aging DIY Clay Mask
For those who want to try a clay mask, this anti-aging is hydrating, smoothing, brightening as well. It can also be applied in darkened areas and blemishes.
All you need is a table spoon of white clay mask powder, and mix it with water, just enough to make a soft paste. Add up a desert spoon of oat bran and aloe vera gel, preferably from the natural plant.
If you want, you can add a drop or two of your favorite natural oil.Mix it all well apply on the face for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse with natural water.