Your favorite beauty blogger raves about their favorite carbonated bubble clay mask. But do these sudsy selections really work? If you're considering this cosmetic purchase, take a look at what you need to know about bubble face masks.
How Do These Masks Work?
Even though the mask may not look sudsy at first, when the ingredients react with oxygen in the air, the product starts to bubble. Along with adding a fizzy, tingly feeling, the bubbles help the clay to coat your skin. The bubbling action pushes the mask's other ingredients deeper into your face, adding to the beauty benefits.
What Are the Beauty Benefits of Clay?
While bubbling action provides the perfect vehicle for pushing the mask's ingredients into your pores, the suds themselves probably aren't doing much to improve your skin's appearance. But the clay that's left behind is.
Clay can tighten skin, absorb oil, and temporarily close pores. Don't expect the mask to provide long-lasting benefits, such as wrinkle reduction. Instead, the clay can make your skin appear smoother or tighter temporarily after use.
What Do Bubble Masks Feel Like?
The "beauty is pain" adage doesn't apply here. The soft tingling of the bubbles is completely painless. Expect to feel a light buzz on your face as the oxygen reacts with the ingredients. Imagine dipping your face in seltzer water and feeling the bubbles gently pop against your skin. This sensation is approximately what you should expect to experience.
How Long Does the Mask Need to Stay On?
The specific length of time it takes the mask to work depends on the product. Refer to the manufacturer's directions for use. You may not get the full effect if you remove the mask early. Leaving the product on too long (or longer than the recommended time) won't necessarily add benefits. Depending on the ingredients, adding extra time may cause excessive drying.
What Happens After the Bubbling Stops?
After the bubbling slows or stops, you may need to leave the mask on for the clay to work its magic. Again, follow the manufacturer's directions. Most masks require you to leave behind a clay residue. Wash your face or rinse it with water as the manufacturer directs.
The popular bubble clay mask is an easy way to get fresh, clean, smooth skin—without a pricey or invasive procedure. Before using your mask, read the manufacturer's instructions completely. These directions provide you with the information needed to make the most out of your first masking experience.