Skin that feels great when you take off for work in the morning but feels greasy by lunch; these are all too familiar scenarios for those of us with oily skin.
By one word, does your skin tend to look shiny or oily? Do you suffer from frequent blackhead and whitehead breakouts? Are the pores visible all over your face (not just on your forehead, nose, and chin)? If so, you have oily skin.
Oily skin contains a lot of sebum which helps prevent the skin from drying out. However, oily skin tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin. So, oily skin requires more cleansing than other skin types.
The main rule to remember if you have oily skin is keeping your skin clean. Use a cleanser preferably without strong perfumes or colors. We recommend not using soap because it may be too alkaline for the skin.
If you can, clean it three times a day. If not, at least try to clean in the morning and in the evening before going to bed. Use warm water to loosen the dirt, and then use cold water to rinse. And put any masks for oily skin only on cleaned skin.
A French green clay mask is very effective for treating oily skin. French green clay is composed of Muscovite, montmorillonite, quartz, Kaolinite, albite, anorthite, and microcline, all naturally extracted from the earth. Green clay is specially recommended if you have acne scars, spots, marks or patchy skin.
Green clay facials are great to target breakouts. A Green Clay Facial Mask has outstanding detoxifying qualities, and is re-energising for your skin. A soft Green Clay Mask draws and extracts toxins from your skin, making it particularly effective for acne, pimple and blackhead prone skin.
A Green Clay Facial Mask opens the pores of your skin and removes deep build up, grime and toxins. It also tightens up your pores. Along with tightening your pores, the clay will also absorb the oil that is on your skin. This facial mask is also ideal if your skin has a tired or dull complexion.
A Green Clay Facial Mask is recommended for normal to oily skin types and those with enlarged pores. The slight acid pH level of 5.4 in this clay mask will leave your skin glowing with health.
To make your own French Green Clay Facial Mask (for acne prone skin) you need 4 Tablespoons French Green Clay, 5 dried bay leaves, 1 cup distilled water. Boil one cup of water and add bay leaves. Slowly add the liquid to the clay to form a fairly thick paste. Apply to face and allow drying.
Here is another green clay facial mask recipe that uses French green clay as the base content. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of pure French green clay powder, with a little bit of water, and add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil (tea tree oil, or lavender oil). Apply this paste to your cleansed and dried skin. After fifteen minutes have elapsed, you should begin to feel the paste harden and crack. As soon as the entire mask has hardened, simply wipe off with warm water.
You can also make your own green clay facial mask by mixing 2 tablespoons of French green clay powder with 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado and 2 tablespoons of mashed peach to form a paste. You apply the paste on your face and neck and rinse off after 20 minutes. Green clay detoxifies and purifies while both avocado and peach moisturize your skin.
When using the green clay facial mask, make sure your hands are clean and apply with the fingertips. Smooth the mixture onto your face and neck evenly. It is important that you lie down while the mask is drying or gravity will pull down your face and any wrinkles you may have downward too.
Sitting down in a recliner or chaise lounge is okay as long as it is in a slant position. Let the mask dry for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Next, pat your face dry. As a final step, wet a cotton ball with witch hazel and wipe over your face, removing any remaining clay from your skin. Follow up with a moisturizer.
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