Bentonite clay and red clay mud masks are both popular choices in the world of facial skincare, but which of these types of masks should you use if you want to get the best results? Before choosing one type of mask over another, it’s important to first understand the similarities and differences between these two products so that you can determine what kind of mask will be most effective for your skin type and concerns. This blog post contains an overview of bentonite clay vs. red clay mud masks, including the benefits, ingredients, differences, and side effects associated with each kind of product.
What are clay masks?
Whether you call them mud masks, clay masks, or even just face masks, it’s a general term for an all-natural beauty product that’s applied to your skin and left on for 15 minutes or so to detoxify and hydrate. While there are many different types of face masks (from coconut oil mask to aloe vera mask), they all use ingredients that help to deal with certain skin issues you might have. But what makes clay masks special is that they go beyond making your skin look better; they also work to heal your skin from within by extracting impurities and sebum (oil) from pores while improving blood circulation in your cheeks, jawline, and forehead!
What is bentonite clay?
The main components of bentonite clay is the product of aged volcanic ash. Bentonite clay helps to draw out toxins, impurities, and oil from your skin while also tightening pores and helping control acne breakouts. This can be particularly beneficial if you suffer from sensitive or breakout-prone skin. How do I use it? Like other masks, all you need to do is apply a thin layer of mud on your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Bentonite clay, on the other hand, is also popular for similar reasons—it has detoxifying properties that can help you improve your complexion as well as reduce signs of aging by restoring minerals to your skin. Our Matcha Mud Mask combines the benefits of bentonite clay as well as matcha powder to truly reinvigorate your skin.
What is red clay?
A face mask made with red clay is a traditional Native American method to remove toxins from the body and replace them with healthy minerals found in soil. These healing muds are extremely beneficial to those suffering from acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions; on top of that, they can reduce oil production in your skin and improve your complexion by giving you a boost of vitamins that you can’t get through food alone. What’s more, while we hear a lot about using baking soda as an exfoliant to clear away dead skin cells, red clay is believed to be better at sloughing off dry patches without stripping away too much moisture. Our Cocoa Clay Mask contains red clay from the island of Kaua'i, which is rich in iron!
How do they compare?
Bentonite clay masks have been all over skincare news for a while now, but red clay masks are becoming increasingly popular as well—and for good reason! Both types of masks can provide amazing results, so it's only natural that we wanted to compare and contrast them. Remember, just because one may work better for you than another doesn't mean you should stick with that one indefinitely; our skin is smart and sometimes can get used to a certain product and it won't work as well. So, as long as you don't have an adverse reaction, try to switch up your clay masks once in a while!
Before purchasing any face masks, make sure you read through the ingredients carefully—especially if you're planning on using them often (since you want to avoid unnecessary irritation). Also keep in mind that there are different grades (or qualities) among many cosmetic products. This applies to both bentonite and red clay mud masks; choosing a higher quality product may cost more, but it'll also likely deliver much better results! Our face masks contain only high quality ingredients that are locally sourced!
I have had the chance to try both masks & I love them both! At times, I can be so indecisive on which one I want to use so knowing the different benefits that each mask offers can be a big help. Sometimes, I will even mix both masks together!