The best clay mask for your skin

If you have oily to combination skin, clay masks are your skin’s best friend. Even normal skin can benefit immensely from the right clay mask. Apart from providing pore shrinking and oil controlling benefits, clay masks can deep clean every skin type and brighten it up. But, using a clay mask effectively requires a little more care than just applying it and rinsing it. You must know the right clay mask for your skin to reap maximum benefits.


Choose the right clay for your mask:

Please don’t pick up mask based on other’s reviews and comments. Just as that not everyone has the same skin care requirement, not all clay are same. Always choose the right product for your skin, according to your skin type and the care you need. Do a good research and find out which clay will suit your skin type and condition the best.

Here’s the guide:

Bentonite clay: Considered to be most useful as it efficiently extracts impurities from the skin. It comes from volcanic ash that has absorbed nutrients from the earth through the ages. It has been used as a therapeutic and cosmetic clay since 2500 B.C. This is a very popular clay for skin benefits because of its superb absorbing capabilities. This is a great clay for oily skin since it can suck up all that excess sebum easily. When mixed with water the molecules are charged and attracts toxins out of your face to the clay. Since bentonite clay swells when mixed with water, making it a highly porous substance, it can absorb more than its initial mass. With its tightening, acne-clearing, and impurity-absorbing abilities, this is a go-to for many skin concerns. This also goes for any skin ailments involving bacteria and fungus and conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Significant improvements can be seen among acne sufferers after using it twice a week on problem areas. You’ll notice that your pores will appear smaller because the clay pulls out blackheads, leaving the pore tightly closed preventing further plugs from forming with regular use.

Use for:

  • Acne
  • Excess sebum
  • Pore tightening
  • Skin detoxification


French Green Clay: This is your staple for exfoliation and pore-tightening on top of oil-absorption. It is also called Illite Clay or Sea Clay. Did you know that the green color comes from the amount of decomposed plant material and iron oxide? This unique color is the determining factor in the quality of the clay. It should never be gray or white, it should be green. It not only does it drink up oils, but also boosts microcirculation. The tingling sensation on application is the sign of boosting circulation.

Use for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Boosting skin circulation
  • Excess sebum
  • Pore tightening


Fuller’s Earth Clay: This is another powerful absorber of oil and impurities. On top of its acne banishing benefit, it is known for working well for addressing hyperpigmention, as it has mild bleaching properties. When combined with rose water and used as a mask, it helps boost circulation. This is recommended for people with oily skin since it can be quite drying but it wouldn’t hurt for normal skin if used once a week following b a good nourishing moisturizer.


Kaolin Clay: They come in a few different colors—white, yellow, red, and pink are the more popular ones, all of which vary in their abilities.

  • White kaolin clay is the gentlest and thus great for sensitive dry skin. It doesn’t absorb so much as it does soften with super gentle bits for a mild exfoliation.
  • Yellow kaolin clay is slightly more absorbent and exfoliating but still remains gentle enough for sensitive skin. This can be more circulation-boosting, so you’ll probably find it in a lot of brightening masks.
  • Red kaolin clay has the most absorbing powers of the bunch and is best for oily skin. This is a great addition for acne/detoxifying masks for the face or body.
  • Pink kaolin clay is pretty much a mixture of the white and red kaolin clays, making it an idea balance for those with sensitive skin that needs a bit of oil-suction and gentle exfoliation.

Use for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Boosting skin circulation
  • Excess sebum
  • Pore tightening
  • Skin detoxification


Rhassoul Clay (Red Moroccan clay): This ancient clay is mined from Morocco and is rich in minerals. This clay is the perfect magnet for pulling out all those impurities—sebum plugs, blackheads. It doesn’t, however, leave you dry because of its elasticity and texture-improving effects. It’s gentle enough for daily use in small doses. It makes a heavy-duty exfoliator mask when mixed with crushed oats or almonds,

Additional tips: Rhassoul clay is great for both skin and hair. It is absolutely fabulous for absorbing excess build-up on hair, sebum around hair follicles restoring volume, and shine.

The best Spas across the globe utilize the toning and enriching benefits offered by Rhassoul and now it’s just as easy to enjoy this splendor within your own home. High in Silica, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and Sodium content, this clay is surely one of the finest treasures for the pampering of your skin.

. Use for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Boosting skin circulation
  • Excess sebum
  • Pore tightening
  • Skin detoxification

Umbrian clay – Originally found in the small idyllic town of Nocera Umbra, Italy, this charcoal-toned, ultra-fine and mineral-rich clay works to give you a balanced and pure complexion that glows. Umbrian clay masks work great on normal, oily, combination, dry and even sensitive skin types. This clay mask multitasks as a daily deep cleanser, instant purifying mask and spot treatment to reveal a more refined complexion. This clay restores balance and reduce swelling and any blemishes or skin irritation.

Use for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Deep cleaning
  • Boosting skin circulation
  • Excess sebum
  • Skin detoxification

Beauties! Make the best use of what Mother Earth has offered us. Share your thoughts and tips on clay masks for us to know more. Happy skincare!



Banish body acne!


Have you ever stayed away from the lovely dress or top just because your body zits are definitely not worth a show-off? Have you ever gone through the nightmare of pesky acne on your back and chest?

Let’s talk about bacne and chestne. And how to get rid of them so that you can banish the bane forever!

It’s just acne, but the pain, discomfort and embarrassment of having less than perfect skin can certainly make you feel depressed.

What is this acne?

Yep! It’s a kind of details you already know perhaps. Acne is a skin condition that produces inflamed breakouts on your skin. The breakouts occur when your skin’s sebaceous glands, which produce the sebum (oil) become clogged by dead skin cells or an abundance of sebum. When clogging occurs, bacteria can develop, and these bacteria are at the root of acne’s inflammation. Whether you call them zits, pimples, blackheads or whiteheads, acne breakouts tend to be one of two major varieties:

  • Acne vulgaris: This is the more common form of acne, which exhibits itself in blackheads or whiteheads.
  • Acne cystic: This severe form of acne occurs when the clog is deep within the follicle. It manifests itself in the form of red bumps, pustules, nodules and cysts on the skin. These can be very painful, and they can also cause deep scarring.

Let’s take a look at what causes this severe acne and how you can combat it.

What Causes Bacne and Chestne?

There is no scientific explanation for what causes back or chest acne!

Acne appears on the areas of body where the sebaceous glands are most dense. Most acne sufferers, a full 92%, experience facial acne. The back and chest are also problem areas for people with acne, with 60 percent of sufferers reporting breakouts in these areas

Acne on your back and chest, or “bacne” and “chestne”, as some call it, tends toward the more severe types of acne, causing more pain, scarring and even extreme embarrassment. Most dermatologists agree it is more difficult to get rid of these and the chance of recurrence is remarkably high.

  • Back acne tends to occur around puberty when the sebaceous glands start functioning. When too much sebum is produced, pores and hair follicles can become clogged, attracting bacteria. This can lead to acne.
  • Stress, oily and sugary foods, excessive sweating and even genes have roles to play in the causes of back acne but the exact reason of the outbreak and recurrence is hard to be pin-pointed.
  • There is also no scientific proof that back acne is developed from tight clothing, excessive sweating and heavy backpacks. Yes, they contribute to make it far worse.
  • Poor hygiene doesn’t cause blemishes, but can deepen the problem. Practicing good hygiene can help prevent acne, especially body acne. Cleansing your skin daily and exfoliating weekly can help prevent pores from becoming clogged.

The tips that can help you to get over this pestering issue

Do not keep sweaty or dirty (read, unwashed) clothes close to your skin for long.

You know this. I know this. And still—it happens.

Sweat that sits on your skin for too long makes a perfect cocktail with your sebum, dead skin cells and clog your pores. Keep wiping the affected area with a soft cloth or towel or cleansing wipes (the ones suitable for acne-prone skin) as you sweat.

Caution: Remember to be gentle. Rubbing your acne can worsen the situation.

Always use washed undergarment, top and a fresh towel.

It’s tempting to want to recycle your clothes for a second wearing, especially, if you see the clothes hardly dirty enough to wash or was too busy or forgot to do laundry. But you must resist! For the sake of your skin! Hard but worth the effort.

Use soap or wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide

Don’t use a creamy, moisturizing body wash. Wash with a product with salicylic acid. It binds with the sebum and washes out the every trace of it.

Benzoyl peroxide is an ingredient that I don’t recommend for face acne because it can be irritating and dries you out. But for body acne, use a benzoyl peroxide wash. I’d suggest a 10 percent benzoyl peroxide wash. You apply the product, leave it on for a couple of minutes and then wash it off.

Avoid getting any hair conditioner/mask, heavy moisturizer or self-tanner on your back and chest.

These might not directly cause your bacne/chestne, but they may aggravate the problem and even prevent it from clearing up as fast as possible.

  • While using hair conditioner or mask, wash your body LAST, after you’ve already dealt with the hair stuff because even rinsing out a conditioner or hair mask may leave a film on back.
  • If you moisturize your back regularly stop using any creamy products. Opt for gel formulae or oil-free moisturizer specially formulated for acne-prone skin.
  • Self-tanner is a strict no-no unless you can find a super-light formula. You can try fast-drying gels.
  • I should probably also mention sunscreen. Opt for the ones that will not break you out. Choose the ones for acne-prone skin.

Details of the guide on how to select the right sunscreen :

“Read this before buying sunscreen”

Exfoliate by using a sponge or a loofah.

Get rid of dead skin, because dead skin clogs the pores, and then that, together with oil and bacteria, is what makes the acne scenario difficult. However, don’t scrub too hard, or you’ll increase irritation.

You can also use gel-base gentle scrub. Make sure they are not creamy and is meant for acne-prone skin.


Use sunscreen

Exposure to sun makes any spot scar, it makes pigment stay in your skin. So if you do have bacne, it’s going to make it stay. So you really have to wear sunblock over your back, not just for protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, but also to prevent that bacne from scarring.

Details of the guide on how to select the right sunscreen :

“Read this before buying sunscreen”

The shouldn’t–miss points:

  • Excessive washing: Acne isn’t the result of dirty skin, so there’s no need to scrub your back four times a day. Do keep your back clean washing with a suitable produce once a day and exfoliate gently once or twice a week.
  • Popping pimples: As tempting as it is to get rid of pus-filled zits by popping them, you should avoid squeezing acne blemishes. Picking can cause further inflammation and force the pus deeper into your skin.
  • Unproven home remedies: Oatmeal, nettle, mint, lemon juice, aloe vera and vinegar and numerous other kitchen stuffs have also been thought to be able to stop acne. However, most of these products has been medically proven to work, and some may even cause further irritation to your skin.

If you’re going to conceal with makeup,

  • Concealing pimples on your chest is way harder than working with facial ones. The main thing is to make sure you’ve got a concealer that’s an exact match to your skin tone.
  • The other thing you want is a super-fine brush. Like, not even a concealer brush, something like a lip brush! That will help to camouflage the blemish only and not the entire area surrounding it. That only draws MORE attention to your issue.

Stress, Diet and Body Acne

If you’ve had acne, you’ve probably heard that you can cut down on your breakouts by controlling two simple things in your life — your diet and your stress level. This isn’t always the case, though.

  • Some people believe their acne is aggravated by specific foods — such as chocolate, peanuts, shellfish and fatty foods — there’s no scientific evidence that supports this. If you suspect that a certain food is making your acne worse, you can avoid that food. It’s always a good idea to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Not only is a balanced diet important to an overall healthier self, but it’s also good for the health of your skin.
  • The other advice to reduce stress to clear up acne, frankly, may not have a big effect. Normal, everyday stress doesn’t cause acne; however, chronic stress can make it worse. In fact, it is one of the chief contributors to adult acne. Stress can worsen acne because it affects your body’s hormone production. When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands produce more cortisol, and this change in hormone levels causes your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This excess sebum in your skin makes it easier for your pores to become clogged. Although you can’t live a completely stress-free life, there are ways you can reduce your stress levels.


Now, it’s your turn to talk to me:

Ever been plagued by the bacne/chestne curse?

What do you do to clear it up?

6 facts about oily skin that will change your life!


Since my teenage, I hadn’t missed a day to pray for a clear, balanced skin. If there’s one thing that people with oily or combination skin know, it’s that the road to clear, balanced skin is about as elusive as finding your soul mate.

There are way too many people, advises, myths and products telling you what to do but the more you fail to tackle your skin the deeper you are in desperation!

Do I sound exasperated? Welll.. years of trying all possible remedy and failing in almost all, the large variety of skin problems, acne, uneven patches, comedos can be hard on even the most patient person on the earth.

It took me years to cope and now, at a pretty ripe age I can assure myself that I can deal with it with a good degree of success. Sharing with you my biggest learnings.

First of all, don’t feel down. You might not be able change it, but you can keep things under control. Just remember:

Cleanse with an oil-based cleanser for balanced skin.

Yes, you read that right and I am not deranged.

It’s a bit ironic and probably feels counterintuitive, since you’ve been programmed to look for the word ‘oil-free’ in your products all your life. But cleansing oils bind with the sebum inside your pores and they both get washed away while rinsing, leaving you with clean, smooth, balanced skin. Bonus: they’re also great at removing makeup.

Try: Oil cleansing – it gently removes grime and makeup, doesn’t leave a filmy residue, never clogs your pores, and leaves skin feeling super soft and cleansed without feeling dry in the process.

Greasy skin does NOT equal grimy skin.

A shiny T-zone before noon or frequent breakouts might trick you into thinking that dirt and pollution are the culprits. But, excessively oily skin is really the result of your hormones acting up, stimulating your sebaceous glands to enlarge, produce more oil. This false belief is perhaps what drives people to over-cleanse, stripping the skin of its essential oils and tragically causing more oil production and more breakouts. Vicious cycle.

Alcohol-based product is is not your friend.

Alcohol might seem like an obvious choice to counter oily skin but it does more harm than good. You never want to strip your skin of moisture, which is what alcohol does; instead, an alcohol-free toner will soothe and balance your skin

Try: Rosewater is great for rebalancing oily or combination skin, especially when it’s used in its pure form. Toners with Tea tree oil is excellent if you have acne.

Exfoliate regularly.

Exfoliation is probably the most important part of your skincare regime if you have oily, combination or acne-prone skin. But it’s utmost important to get it right. Removing the buildup of dead cells means fewer blocked pores and zits, but don’t go overboard. Over-scrubbing will dry your skin out and worsen acne problem.

If you have acne or sensitive skin, instead of scrubbing your skin with granular exfoliator, your safe bet is salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid. It gently exfoliates the surface of your skin, allowing a clear passage of sebum through your pores and then whisking it away when it reaches the surface. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that calm and control oil production and fade acne scars over time.

Read this:

“Choosing a suitable face scrub – For oily and combination skin”

You need a moisturizer.

Oils is not moisture. And lack of moisture can cause more oil secretion. Cleansing and toning your skin, while an essential part of any skincare regime, also removes all existing moisture regardless of how oily your skin was before. This needs to be replenished; for combination skin, a lightweight lotion formulated to balance out areas of excessive oiliness and dryness will do the trick while if you have extremely oily skin, an oil-free or gel-based moisture is best for you. Finding the right one sometimes takes a bit of trial and error, but it’s totally worth it.

Read this link to know more about the best ones you can use:

Read this before you pick moisturizer for your oily skin!”

Stop piling makeup on.

How many times have you patted extra bit of foundation or concealer in an attempt to hide your blemishes? Totally understandable, but here’s the thing; over time, cosmetics will block your pores, worsening your problem. It will lead your skin to produce more oil and eventually make things worse.

Wear mineral foundation when you can; it’s been proven to improve skin over time, and won’t ever clog your pores. If you’re worried about makeup sliding off your skin, start things out with a matte primer specially formulated for oily skin. The oil-free products are worth a try but again minimalist approach is the best.

Last but not the least!

I regret why I didn’t get these tips when I was a teenager! It would have saved so much of trouble.

Now, I love my skin because,

It’s not all bad. You might not feel good on a greasy day or when you’re dealing with one breakout after another, but there are some things to look forward to, like fewer wrinkles in the long run. Oily skin ages at a much slower rate than any other skin type, because all that extra sebum helps you, as you age and when skin tends to lose moisture. Sure, oily skin isn’t always a joy to live with and you really have to give lot of effort compared to your normal skinned counterparts.

Remember, with the right products and care, perfectly clear, healthy skin is so super-achievable!


Read this before you pick moisturizer for your oily skin!

Yes, as opposed to general belief, oily skin too needs moisturizers!!

Selecting the right moisturizer for oily skin can be a quite hassle due to the availability of many options in the market today. The key is finding a light-weight moisturizer, that will help absorb excess oil from skin and on top of it does not look or feel greasy. Opt for moisturizers in gels or serums consistency that are water based and non-comedogenic.

Products that contain tea tree oil, grape seed oil, aloe vera gel or jojoba oil are also helpful for oily skin types.

Mentioned below are few options that really work there charm on the problematic oily skin.

Clarins Ultra-Matte Rebalancing Lotion For Oily Skin

It smoothes the texture of your skin and continuously purifies the cells by working at the source of oil production making the skin clearer, comforted and with reduced redness. Loaded with the goodness of White Dead Nettle, Alpine Willow Herb, Zinc and Vitamin B6, this moisturizer regulates oil production like no other.

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture – Facial Moisturizer with UVA/UVB Sun protection

All day moisturisation: Lightweight, non greasy lotion keeps skin moisturized for 12 hours. Sheer formula absorbs quickly into skin leaving it smoother and softer. The allergy tested formula of Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture contains no fragrance, no dyes, and no excess ingredients. It is non-comedogenic too, so you can use it freely without the fear of it clogging your pores.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Moisturiser

If redness and blemishes are the areas of concern for you then this is the moisturiser you should try out. It has a light creamy consistency that glides onto skin and sooth your problem areas


Oriflame Pure Nature Organic Tea Tree & Rosemary Oil Purifying Face Cream

A non-greasy cream for all skin types specially for oily to combination skin. Soothes and  heals acne!


The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

A light, non-oily moisturising lotion for blemished skin. For use after your Tea Tree cleansing regime.
• Provides lightweight hydration
• Easily absorbed
• With shine control for a matte finish
• Antibacterial action
• Clinically proven to give clearer-looking skin