16th Mar 2021
Did you know that your pores don’t open and close, like a door? I know. It was one of my wilder learnings as a beauty editor too. All the years I spent applying toners or splashing cold water on my face to ‘close’ them. Author and dermatologist Anjali Mahto told me, “it’s a myth that certain products and treatments close pores. Pores don’t have muscles around them allowing them to open or close.”
What do I do about my pores though, I hear you asking. What will get into them and dislodge the dirt and oil from them?
What you need is a clay mask. They usually need to sit on the skin for about 5-10 minutes, giving you the impression that you’re having a little spa-day in your bathroom and doing something nice for yourself. They also, most satisfyingly, sit right into the pores, giving you an altogether far too graphic idea of the size of your pores, but leaving you with the feeling that they are being thoroughly cleansed. Finally, they leave your skin feeling balanced and free from dirt, oil and dead skin cells.
Most clay masks contain kaolin clay or white clay and a host of other ingredients to leave skin nourished. Kaolin clay is absorbent, meaning it will soak up your oil and dirt and excess sebum, drawing out and preventing future breakouts. Apply your mask with a little brush, then leave it on however long the product suggests. Gently and softly remove with a lukewarm face cloth, and admire your newly matte, thoroughly cleansed new face.
Shop our edit of gorgeous clay masks below.
Photography by @lucywilliams02.