You might notice that more and more ‘dry mask’ formulations are becoming available, so we thought we’d let you know what the advantages are of making face masks this way, and how best to use them!
A face mask in dry form generally contains some form of clay to draw out impurities and refine the skin, as well as other beneficial ingredients – the dry masks stocked at Eve Organics for example contain skin-loving dry ingredients such as cocoa powder (packed full of antioxidants), fruit powders, powdered milk, and seaweed.
There are several advantages to creating face masks in dry form, and also several advantages to using them this way. Firstly, creating a mask in dry form is one way of eliminating the need for preservatives, as water encourages and houses bacteria. For this reason, it’s important to make sure you don’t get water in your jar/pack of powdered mask product, as it can encourage the growth of bacteria over time. Be sure to keep the product cool and dry until you’re ready to use it. This of course also means that when you purchase a face mask in dry form, it’s likely to last a lot longer than a cream, or ‘pre-mixed’ mask.
Another advantage to making masks this way is that it means they’re a lot more versatile. The reason for this is that certain clays and other dry materials are beneficial for all skin types, and can be tailored to different skin conditions by simply using different ‘mixers’. The mixer is the liquid ingredient you add to the mask when preparing it, and there are dozens of different mixers you can use, each with unique skin benefits.
To get you started, here is a list of some easy-to-come-by mixers, and their effects:
- apple cider vinegar: acid balancing
- Aloe Vera juice: blemish-reducing, soothing, healing
- coconut milk: plumps, softens, rich in vitamin B
- olive oil: adds emollients and moisturises
- warm honey & yoghurt: hydrates and nourishes
- cooled green tea: heals and balances – great for acne-prone skin
Generally, clay-based face masks should be left on for 10-15 minutes, then gently rinsed off with cool water.
Have you tried any other mixers with dry face masks? How have you found them? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Until next time.. xx