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Clay Mud v Marine Mud Mask Comparison

A great mask that deeply cleanses the skin without drying it out has the same effect as a long hot bath. If you have time for both… oh boy, now that’s pampering!

Otherwise, another idea of treating yourself to a mud mask at home is to relax, unwind in your pj’s while watching your favorite episodes on Netflix. Bliss!

This little luxury is usually done 1-3 times a week, depending on the product and your skin.  Some suggest 1 or 2 times a week for dry skin and 3 times a week for oily. However, if you are using a decent mask with the right ingredients, you may find you only need to use the product 2-3 times in the first week, before your face feels amazing and then you taper back to using it once a week to maintain the .

This is due to its deep cleansing activity for your skin. Once your skin gets this intensive treatment, you should find your skin much smoother and feel hydrated (if the mask dries your skin – then it’s the wrong mask for your face!).

A mask works in three phases:

  1. Damp phase – where the beneficial minerals are soaked by the skin from the outside
  2. Hardening phase – this exercises your capillaries and stimulates blood flow as the mask cool and contracts*.
  3. Dry phase – A great mud mask won’t leave your skin feeling dry, tight or itchy. However, a poor choice of mud mask can draw moisture out from the surface of your skin, causing dehydration and irritation.

If your skin looks quite red after you take the mask off, this usually means the mask has done its job – it has bought the blood to the surface to instigate the flow. This should reside after about 5 minutes. Touch your skin, if it feels soft and supple, then it is a great mud mask for your skin.

Comparison of two mud masks

Clay Pack


The Clay Pack is ideal for skin types but is extra beneficial for skin prone to acne.

This is because it absorbs oils and impurities to reduce shine and blackheads. It deep cleanses and assists in unclogging pores and leaves skin feeling soft and supple – not tight and dry.

This is due to the key ingredients:

  • Natural kaolin and bentonite clay: this draws out excess oils, dirt and impurities that clog pores.
  • Aloe vera: this is the reason why your skin does not feel tight and dry as helps soothe and nurture skin.
  • NaPCA and other humectants: this keeps the skin hydrated and soft.

It is ideal to gently exfoliate before using a Clay Pack. This helps open the pores, which enhances the process. Simply, apply in an upward-outward motion to the face and neck. After 10-30 min, thoroughly rinse with warm water. Follow with toner and moisturiser.

For more information on Clay Packs and if they would suit your skin, click here.

Glacial Marine Mud Mask

This mask can be used for all skin types as well as all over the body (great for tradesmen working on dusty jobsites!).

The key ingredient is obtained from a remote glacial estuary, which is continuously enriched by the ocean. Native Americas from the area tried to use this special mud to make pots. They were unsuccessful because the mud was too fine, but they did notice their hands were softer and smoother.

This is the only mud mask that nurtures your skin with over 50 beneficial minerals and elements. These natural fine particles enhance the deep cleaning effect because it draws out impurities and toxins.

Just some of the beneficial minerals include:

  • Copper – helps to improve skin strength, cutting down on fragility.
  • Zinc – an essential mineral for healthy skin.
  • Magnesium – a necessary component of the skin’s natural energy cycle

Apply generous layer of mud to skin, ideally with an artist paintbrush, avoiding the mouth and eye areas. Let the mud dry 15-20 min or until turns light aquamarine colour. Rinse with warm water. Follow with a moisturiser.

Using a mud mask helps defy the aging process as it deeply cleans to unblock pores, soothe and condition and infuse your skin with moisture.

For more information on the Epoch Glacial Marine Mud Mask, click here.

It’s a great way to treat yourself after a long day. After all, you deserve a little pampering!
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