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Facial masks such as clay and mud masks have been used for centuries to clear pores and improve the skin’s general appearance.
Many people use face masks for combatting skin concerns, and they are also great for relaxing and some must-needed self-care.
As long as 5,000 years ago, people on the Indian subcontinent were using types of face masks.
In fact, they may have been the first type of cosmetic. In the ancient Ayurveda tradition, there were face and body masks that were called Ubtan. A mixture of herbs, plants, roots, and flowers were used in combinations that matched different skin types and desired outcomes.
Today, people in India and beyond still use Ubtan masks – often preparing them at home, or buying ready-made powders and mixing them with water or milk.
Wealthy ancient Egyptians also used clay face masks, with Cleopatra apparently using a dead sea mud mask twice a week!
If the mask is of the mud-like consistency, use your fingers to apply a thick and even layer of it over your whole face, including under your chin and on to your neck, if there is enough. Be sure to avoid the eye socket area, and to apply to a clean face.
People usually leave masks on for 10 minutes (occasionally, for the whole night), but check the instructions for the particular mask you’re using and carry out a patch test to be on the safe side when using new skincare products. Feel free to grab a glass of wine and a book of poetry, dive into a computer game, or to put on some music while you wait. Then, rinse off thoroughly with tepid water, making sure to get all the hidden nooks and crannies like the corners of your nose, or peel the mask off.
It can be nice to finish off the facial care routine by applying a face moisturiser.
We stock a wide range of natural face masks and face packs. Containing naturally sourced ingredients and fragrances that are gentle on the face and skin.