In general, clay is great for circulation and a good way to sop up any excess oil that sits on the skin’s surface. It pulls impurities from your pores and it’s perfect for your t-zone. Let’s face it, everyone has enlarged pores in their t-zone, but you can never change the size of your pore. What you can do is ensure there is nothing clogging that pore to help reduce the look of it.
Here is a great at-home recipe if you like making your own skin care products
1 tablespoon clay (Lourdes’ favourite: https://www.redmondclay.com/)
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 drops of essential oil
Mix into a small bowl until it’s smooth-ish paste. Apply with a paintbrush to your t-zone area or full face, leave for 10 min. Wash off with cool water and apply a heavy moisturizer (Lourdes’ post-mask favourite: Let’s Face it, available in-store only).
What’s great about using clay products is that you can use them as a mask and/or a cleanser. For normal to dry skin, we recommend using a clay mask once a week. For normal to oily skin, you can use it up to 3 times a week and use clay as a cleanser.
Here are some of our favourite clay based products:
Swamp Thing Clay Mask, Lowen’s Skin Care https://lowens.ca/product/swamp-thing-clay-mask/ (EWG verified)
Pure Clay Mask, L’Oreal https://www.lorealparis.ca/en/products/skin-care/face-cleanser-and-toner/pure-clay-mask-exfoliating-pore-refining/
Skin Refining Mask, Dermalogica https://www.dermalogica.ca/on/demandware.store/Sites-dermalogica-ca-Site/en_CA/Product-Show?pid=24&cgid=masques&start=5
Dermal Clay Cleanser, Dermalogica https://www.dermalogica.ca/on/demandware.store/Sites-dermalogica-ca-Site/en_CA/Product-Show?pid=2&cgid=cleansers&start=7
As always, you can book a complimentary skin consultation with Lourdes at our Marriott Hotel location in Seton.