TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE - SERAPHIM LONDON SKINCARE'S GREEN TEA CLAY MASK
Found in the ground, mud-masking has been around since way back when and for good reason too. While in recent times you’ll find the stuff bottled in fancy packaging - alongside a host of other swanky ingredients – intrinsically, the fundamental components remain the same: clay.
Aside from soaking up all traces of dirt and grease the results of drying clay can be found in a host of skincare products that treat all-manner of complaints – think cleansers that tackle redness, exfoliators for sensitive skin and masks that incite hydration.
An often under-appreciated addition to our skincare routines, when used once or twice a week a good clay mask can go a long way at drawing out impurities and there are even several different types to look out for.
The most common of which is Bentonite clay. A form known for its super-absorbing capabilities, this is great for tightening, acne-clearing and getting rid of impurities.
One thing to note here though is that unlike other masks, you should never really let a clay mask fully dry.
This is because, while they come in three phases – damp, drying and dry – the latter can draw moisture from the skin, causing dehydration and irritation.
Don’t feel like you have to cover your entire face either. If you have combination skin and find that clay can be drying in certain areas, only use it on those that need attention. They can also be used to speed up healing as a spot treatment too.
I use Seraphim Green Tea Clay Mask every second day as part of my care routine. It is gentle enough and won't dry out like most other clay masks. I gently rinse off with water before applying Seraphim's Botox Moisturiser. I even double up by adding a drop of Seraphim's Marula Oil. I love this all over my skin - it feels amazing every time.
If masking is not part of your current facial cleansing, have a think about switching it up. Trust me, you won't regret it.