Want clearer facial skin without the harsh ingredients? How about improving the tone of facial skin without the usual lotions? Would you like to experience a fizzy feeling while using a facial mask? Not many people know about the carbonated bubble clay mask. Its mere mention may invoke a lot of frowns and surprised reactions when asked about it.
With so many entries in Instagram and Snapchat, curiosity on this kind of mask grew, but many are still wondering how to use it and why the trend. In this article, let me highlight the benefits of this foamy clay mask, its origin, ingredients, application, and the familiar brand you may try including a do-it-yourself (DIY) mask.
Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask in Simple English
The fad, not surprisingly, started in South Korea. Like any other facial masks, the intent is to have clearer skin and remove impurities. The natural dark gray and thick substance produce fizz, similar to a soda drink, once it blends with the oils on your face. Most commercially available bubble masks have carbonic acid to create the foamy effect.
It is believed that the fizz lifts the dirt and dead skin away from the surface making the pores cleaner. It prevents the pores from getting more prominent since the impurities and dead skin are removed. And, it helps in letting the pores return to their micro size and prevents the return of these unwanted elements.
Essential Ingredients of the Bubble Clay Mask
Here is a list of the essential ingredients and their properties which makes the mask beneficial and efficient.
Bentonite clay is a form of silicate clay mostly composed of montmorillonite. Its use in skin products absorbs excess oil, impurities, and removes blackheads from the pores. With long-term use of the bentonite clay, it can exfoliate dead skin and eliminate skin blemishes. One caution though when buying commercial bentonite clay, read the label carefully and ensure that the product is devoid of lead or other harmful products.
Citric acid is a form of alpha hydroxy acid used as an acidulant in most chemical peels. Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and oranges are natural sources of the ingredient. It acts as a natural skin scrubber and helps in reducing pigmentation such as age spots. It also is an antioxidant and helps in reducing wrinkles.
Activated charcoal is produced from coal or wood and processed at a high temperature to increase its ability to absorb substances. It is usually used as an emergency ingredient for poisoning or drug overdose. Its mode of action is to attract and bind toxins. When added to skin products, dirt and impurities attach to it, leaving the pores cleaner and lessens the sebum.
Matcha powder comes from grounded green tea leaves, and since tea contains significant amounts of catechins, these substances are antioxidants that prevent cell damage and helps delay the aging process. You can find the best matcha powder in this article.
Baking soda, scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate, has numerous uses but one particular significance of this ingredient in facial care is its ability to cleanse and as a whitener. When mixed with other ingredients like citric acid, it produces carbon dioxide gas that creates the bubbles and fizzy effect, lifting the dirt away from the skin.
Glycerin is a humectant that draws water into the outer layer of the skin. If the other ingredients exfoliate dirt and oil, glycerin acts as a moisturizer to prevent dry, scaly or rough skin.
DIY Bubble Clay Mask
Example of a Commercial Carbonated Clay Mask
If mixing several ingredients to make a mask is not your thing, where can you buy commercially available clay masks? You can buy them at health stores or online shops like Amazon. Based on mask reviews, the brand that is popular is the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. It is formulated with carbonated water and mud. The mask has a touch of vegan since it contains several vegetable products aside from charcoal powder, witch hazel, and allantoin. It is available in a plastic 100g jar.
Possible Side Effects and Precautions
As with any other facial product, use discretion and caution when using this mask. If you have sensitive skin, perform first a test patch inside your wrist or on the inner part of the arm opposite the elbow for any allergic reactions. If there will be allergies or unwanted reactions, immediately discontinue its use.
I had recommended the use of this mask as a once-a-week regimen, but the frequency of use may depend on your skin type. You can probably determine the incidence after 2 to 3 times of use. Do not use your fingers when scooping the paste since this will contaminate the mixture and produce premature bubbling or fizz even before you can apply it to your face.
Using the carbonated clay mask is a great routine to keep the facial skin clean and oil-free. The benefits of using this mask exfoliates dead skin, clears up the pores, removes blackheads, helps control excess oils, and lessens the breakout of acne. Performing the facial care regimen once a week can help maximize the benefits.
As with any other beauty product, it is relatively safe but use it with caution. Any unusual reaction such as rashes, itchiness, burns, or uncomfortable sensation needs proper consultation from a health professional.
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