The Benefits of Clay Masks and Mud Wraps
Clay masks and mud wraps are known for their detoxifying, nourishing, soothing, and deep cleansing qualities. Clay masks are packed with highly charged particles that come from the earth. This energy is transmitted into the skin where it rebuilds energy and restores balance.
Body detoxing, or as the ancient’s called it ‘body purifying’ dates back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used clay masks for purification; the ancient Greek physicians knew that mud masks restored vitality to the body. Romans used mud and other body detoxing mixes to recover their bodies from the rigors of battle and athletic competition. And in India, the healing powers of all the elements, sun, air, mineral waters and rich mud of the Himalayas, have been used for centuries to heal, beautify and rejuvenate the skin.
How Mud and Clay Masks Work
There are different types and qualities of mud and clay, but they all have the ability to absorb toxins and purify the skin. The clay works deep in the skin to open the fine capillaries, breaking up microcrystals that block blood flow, allowing waste products and toxins to be released. Certain clays are even used for serious detoxification, like French Green Clay, which is widely used in Europe and Asia, but less known in the United States, for its ability to remove radiation, toxic metals and chemical residues from the body.
Common types of clay readily available:
- Yellow Clay – Normal to oily skin
- Red Clay – Normal Skin
- Green Clay – Problem skin and all skin types. Best for absorbing oils and removing toxins
- Pink Clay – Dry skin and Sensitive skin
- White Clay – Sensitive Skin
Whether you are interested in a full-body detoxifying mud wrap, or a healing clay facial, the effects and the results are the same. As mud is applied to the skin, it improves the circulation of the tiny surface blood vessels which slightly raises the skin temperature. This hastens the removal of waste products and toxins which energizes and oxygenates the skin. Then the natural minerals in the clay nourish the skin. Some clay or mud treatments may be blended with other beneficial extracts or elements to cleanse, rejuvenate, re-energize and restore the skin.
- Natural mud removes germs, bacteria and excess oils that cause acne
- Mud deodorizes the skin
- Clay and mud masks diminish dark circles under the eyes
- Clay masks tighten pores and leave the skin toned
- Mud is rich in minerals that nourish the skin and protect it against dryness
- Mud contains enzymes that improves circulation, like an oxygen facial
There is no substitute for a professional mud wrap or body mask. These treatments often start with dry brushing (to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin so the mud/clay penetrates deeper). The mud mixture is painted on and allowed to dry before washing off (generally you need a shower after a full body mask). When combined with other nourishing ingredients and followed by a massage, the benefits of a mud wrap will leave you ‘walking on air’.
For a less costly option, there are tons of over the counter products you can buy to treat yourself to the benefits of a body wrap, mud mask, or clay facial at home. All you need are a few simple ingredients from the bath and body shop and an hour of peace and quiet.
Want to make your own body wrap or face mask? Visit our site later where you will find simple recipes and home remedies for mud wraps and clay masks in our section on Home Remedies and Healthy Skin on a Budget. In the meantime, share your favorite recipes with us and we will be glad to include them with your permission.