If you thought having dry or mature skin meant clay masks weren’t for you, allow us to change your mind.
Clay masks are detoxifying and oil-absorbing, sure, but they can also be great for getting your glow on too.
The trick is knowing which formula to pick and how to incorporate it into your routine.
So we spoke to The Parlour Room’s Natalie Ferrari to discover what dry and mature skin types should know about using clay masks.
Kaolin clay is great for dry and mature skin
Let’s start with the type of clay to look for. When it comes to clay masks for dry and mature skin, Natalie recommends ones formulated with kaolin clay.
“[It] is a really beautiful, gentle clay with a neutral pH which makes it great for mature skin without stripping the barrier,” she says. “Kaolin clay works to remove toxins and impurities via the process of anion exchange, which essentially works to attract and then bind to the toxins so they’re able to easily wash away.”
Cream formulas will help with hydration
To counteract the dryness one might traditionally feel after a detoxifying clay mask, Natalie suggests opting for cream clay mask formulas, like the ones by Minenssey.
“Minenssey Cream Clay masks are infused with potent botanical extracts, using clay as a component of the formula, rather than the sole ingredient,” she says. “[So] it’ll leave your skin feeling really hydrated and nourishing as opposed to stripped and dehydrated, giving you that really beautiful luminous texture.”
Keep clay masking as a weekly or fortnightly treat
How often you should be using a clay mask will differ for everyone, but there are some general rules of thumb you can use as a starting point if you have dry and/or mature skin.
“Typically speaking, anything hydrating can be done on an as-needed basis,” says Natalie. “But if you’re wanting to draw out impurities, I generally like to do this every 1-2 weeks so I’m not stripping my barrier.”
And remember, you can always multi-mask to suit the concerns of different areas on your face too. Combination skin types, you’re up.
Do you use a clay mask? Do you have a favourite you’d recommend?