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2-minute tutorials: Home facial with a clay mask

Hello there! 

Sun, pollution and dust are a terrible trio when they come together & play havoc on our skin. Result: Dull, greasy, and tanned skin. At least once a week, our skin needs deep cleansing to pull out all the excessive oil, grime & dirt that settle on the top layer of our skin. And the best way to deep cleanse, is by using a face mask! 

There are a lot of types of masks available in the market, we are going to be talking about the popular mud-based pack.

Why do you need a mud mask?

Because Plum People say so? Well... yes, which is because a mud mask offers lots of benefits that very few other skin products can:

  • Cleanses and exfoliates skin
  • Tightens skin and cools it down
  • Gives instant brightness and radiance.
What’s inside a mud mask that makes it so good?

Well, a lot of things actually. But look for the following when buying your mud mask ‘cause these are the goodies:

  • The right mix of clays. Not all clays are made equal. Fuller’s Earth, Kaolin, Yellow Clay and Bentonite are awesome to have in your mud pack.
  • Nourishing ingredients like anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins that are great for your skin.

Is a home facial elaborate and hard to-do?
Not at all! Just follow this simple 2-minute guide to applying mud-pack at home, and find out how easy it is to pamper your skin!
  1. Pull your hair back and secure it with pins/ hair band.
  2. Wash your face gently with a mild cleanser or scrub, or with a face wash.
  3. Pat your face dry. Do not rub your face hard with a towel.
  4. Put a towel around your neck.
  5. Use your index finger, middle finger and ring finger to apply the mask. Alternatively, you could also use a hair-mask brush.
  6. Your fingers should be slightly damp, not dripping wet.
  7. If you are using a mask in tube packing: Squeeze a small amount on your left palm and start applying the mask on your face, using your right hand fingers. (Other way around if you are left-handed :)).
  8. If you are using a jar packing: Take out a little amount on your finger, and directly apply it on your face. Close lid tightly to prevent drying out.
  9. If you are using a pack more than 100 gm in weight, then, ideally you should take out the required quantity in small bowl and then use it. Don’t keep the container open for a long duration.
  10. Start applying mask from neck and move upwards. Apply all over your face.
  11. Avoid applying near the eyes and lips. Apply a slightly thicker layer on your forehead and on your chin.
  12. Now sit back, allow it to dry. Wait for 15-20 mins.
  13. You can place a couple of cucumber slices (practically suits all skin types) or potato slices (not suitable for sensitive skin) on your eyes. Tea bags are also a good option.
  14. Try to avoid talking or laughing while the mask is on. Take this time as your break and just relax.
  15. After 15-20 mins, wash with running water. Splash water generously.
  16. Pat your face dry with a towel.
  17. Apply sunscreen (if the sun is still up) or moisturiser, to hydrate your squeaky clean skin.

And...TA-DA!! Don’t you feel bright already?

Want more? Here are some bonus tips:
  • If your mask has become dry, you can add a little distilled water or packaged rose water to it. Avoid using plain drinking water or tap water, as it can contaminate the pack.
  • If you feel your skin is super dry, adding milk to your mask will be a good idea. Take out the required amount of mask in a separate bowl and then add milk.
  • You could also add a small amount of facial toner to your mud mask.
  • Mud mask or any other mask is not meant for daily usage (unless otherwise specified on the pack). Remember to use them not more than twice in a week. Reason: exfoliation exposes fresh skin, which needs time to grow. Over-exfoliation makes the skin feel sensitive.

 OK - that’s all we’ve got for you this week! Hope you found our 2-minute tutorial helpful. Do keep sharing your comments, other useful tips and feedback. Happy face-packing! Toodles!

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