A facial mud mask is a type of clay mask used as a beauty treatment for the skin on the face. The mask is spread evenly on the face, left on for the specific amount of time as stated in the instructions, and gently wiped off with warm water and a washcloth. These mud masks are designed to improve the appearance of the skin by removing impurities and dead skin cells, deeply cleansing the pores, moisturizing, and tightening the skin for a younger looking appearance.
A facial mud mask often contains mud and minerals from the Dead Sea, as well as other ingredients designed to cleanse and soften. These may include aloe, chamomile, jojoba oil, or other types of clay, just to name a few. Each ingredient in the mud mask is designed to thoroughly cleanse and refresh the skin, by removing oils from the face and improving circulation. Facial mud masks may be applied at home or at a spa. They are very popular spa treatments, though it is often much less expensive to apply a mud mask at home.
It is often recommended that a facial mud mask not be applied more than two to three times per week. Those with oily or acne-prone skin may want to apply a mud mask three times per week, while those with dry or combination skin may only apply it once or twice. People with sensitive skin should test any facial mud mask in a small area first, to be sure it will not cause an allergic reaction; it is probably a good idea to only use a mud mask once every week or two. Most mud masks appear green or white on the face after application.
A mud mask should be applied to clean, dry skin, and spread all over the face, including the forehead. Be careful to avoid the eye area. In general, mud masks must sit on the face for 10 to 15 minutes, after which time they may be washed off with warm water or gently removed with a washcloth. Soap or facial cleansers should not be used to remove a mud mask. After removal, one might choose to apply a gentle moisturizer to the face, but that is not always necessary. Regular use of a facial mud mask can help to clear and brighten the skin, but if irritation occurs, either discontinue use of the mud mask, or use it less frequently.