Updated: Jun 19
Valentine's day is a celebration of love. It is the one day of the year, when you have to show your significant other how much they mean to you. Preferably with something significant, tacky and full of sugar. For the rest of the world though, it is an opportunity to wallow in their sad, single self-pity. Or, you know, you can just be happy with your partner, or happy that you rock alone and let the sour people be sour. Either way, you might end up stuffing your face with more chocolate than a 10 year old on Halloween.
Holidays aside, breakouts can be the everyday bitter reminders of all the junk you ate and stress you deal with. Of course, nothing beats being healthy, but what are we, saints? When the harm is already done, a solution to repair must be found. And especially if you already put chemicals in your body, you kind of don't want to smear them on your face too, right? In the natural face mask department, charcoal is popular right now, but there is something that might even be better: clay.
Clay is rich in minerals. It detoxifies your skin, absorbs oils and clears impurities. It refreshes you, inside and outside. Whenever you are feeling uneasy, just try out these clay masks to soothe your skin and your soul.
Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask (HEMA)
This mask's lavender formula will make your skin feel relieved. Just slip it on after a night out, and you're good as new. It is made for normal and combination skin, which is kind of the “one size fits all” equivalent of skincare products. It is perfect for your everyday breakouts and semi-serious skin problems, but it probably will not make horrid pimples to go away.
HEMA products are available in 8 countries.
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Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask (The Body Shop)
When you open the box and it smells like the inside of a sauna, you know it cannot really go wrong. The menthol scent in it gives you a refreshing feeling, but it also might give you weird high school flashbacks. Remember the time you tried to dry your zits with toothpaste? This is similar, but with actual, better results. This mask fits into your busy schedule: it is easy to apply, it only needs 5-10 minutes before you rinse it off with water and you are good to go. If you are trying to stay fresh, using it once a week is enough. If your breakouts are more regular and you want to improve your skin, two-three times a week will do you a big favor.
The Body Shop products are available in 66 countries.
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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
Sometimes your skin is so bad that your normal routine does nothing for you. When it is time to take out the big guns, “the world's most powerful facial” suggests biggest guns in skincare history. It is called healing clay for a reason: it helps with acne, bruises, eczema, and psoriasis too. Even after one use, you will feel the difference immediately. You may have to wait until the next day to actually see the results, but your skin will feel smoother right away. It is best to mix it with apple cider vinegar, but if you want a milder effect, it works well with water too. The instructions are on the box: half powder, half liquid, no metal containers. Still, you need to be careful with the mixing, it is best to figure out your own portions, but that comes naturally after a few uses. Try not to put too thick layers on your face, because it is best to rinse it off with water when it is already dry, but if you leave it on for too long your skin might be a bit red afterwards. Regular use visibly improves the skin
in a few weeks.
You can order it on Amazon.