The real reason clay masks sting the skin, and why they shouldn't

The real reason clay masks sting the skin, and why they shouldn't


Text: Vimidamini Haridasan

Image: Instagram: @sistr_official

There are some beauty treatments that require you to endure some level of pain but clay masks should not be one of them. Like relationships, clay masks ought to be simple and free of agony; anything else and they just aren't that into you. Clay masks stand as an affordable alternative that can be used in the comfort of your own home. Yet many are still unaware of how to find the right ones for their skin types or if they are using the right ones at all.

A quick search on Google throws up threads on beauty forums where women ask why clay masks sting. The short answer: they shouldn't.

In fact, apart from a tingle or mild tightening sensation, you should feel close to nothing at all when it is on your skin. The main suspects causing you discomfort are none other than acids and retinol. These ingredients tend to dry out the skin leading to painful inflammation.

The uninformed may try to sell you on the idea that a mild burning or stinging sensation implies that the mask is working. But in truth, you could be stripping your skin of a whole protective layer. The result of this, is that you leave your skin open to more harm in the long run. Continued use may leave you with wrinkles, inflammations, acne, bumps, and irritation. That does not spell flawless skin in our books. 


The medical professional opinion is this: if you feel a sensation of any kind, your skin waving a red flag as the skin's barrier is likely to be disrupted. When this happens, you not only open yourself up to surface level burns but skin is also stripped of a vital protective layer. The skin is a thin and sensitive organ and should be handled with care. A common misconception is that heavy-duty products will lead to baby-smooth skin. Think again. Depending on how often you use a disruptive clay mask, you may find yourself having to repair dull, flakey and highly sensitive skin instead.

Remember, when it comes to skincare the term "No pain, no gain" holds no merit. Your skin will thank you for it in the long run.

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