16.05.17

How (Not) To Use An Organic Rhassoul Clay Mask

I love using natural face masks for a bit of pampering but they’re also an essential part of my weekly skincare routine.

I have super oily, acne prone skin which needs a little extra love on top of my day to day regime and regular face masks slough away some dead skin cells, help with blackhead maintenance and keep the overall disco ball shine to a minimum.

Dealing with more than the occasional breakout, you can imagine I’m hesitant to slap any old product on my face. So when Akhal Beauty sent me their Rhassoul Clay Mask a few months ago I was a little nervous about trying it.

But since I trusted Akhal’s founder Myriam (who knows her stuff) and it promised to clear my blackheads and make skin glow, I was feeling game.

 

akhal clay mask

I’d only used masks in liquid form before and when I saw the clay mask bottle contained dried powder, confusion ensued.

The instructions told me to mix it with water so I tipped a small amount of the powder into my palm then placed my hand containing the clay under the running tap.

Needless to say I made a big ‘ol mess and my bathroom sink looked like a mud wrestling ring. Not the smartest move I’ve made.

I was left with  a hand full of mud lumps which I then tried to smear them all over my face. The mud lumps promptly fell off my face, back into the sink and I was no closer to a blackhead free nose and glowy skin.

So I did what any reasonable person would do, I emailed an expert.

Myriam kindly gave me a step by step guide on how to properly prepare her Organic Rasshoul face mask (which I should have checked first) and threw in a few extra tips to make it so simple, even I could do it.

See below.

P.S. The mask did clear most of my blackheads (a few stubborn ones have moved in permanently I’m afraid) and it did make my skin look all glowy and feel soft. Several uses later and no breakouts or adverse reactions.

akhal clay mask

akhal clay mask
akhal clay mask

5 Easy Steps

  1. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of Rhassoul clay powder with 2 tablespoons of warm water. For very dry skin, Akhal Beauty recommends adding 2 drops of Argan Oil, if you do, you only need to use 1 tablespoons of Rhassoul to 1.5 tablespoon of warm water.
  2. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl using a mask brush or wood spoon. A muddy paste forms when the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Apply on your face and neck.
  4. Leave for no more than 10 minutes or when you feel the mask is drying up before rinsing thoroughly.
  5. Follow with your toner and facial oil for greater results.

Tips For Using Rhassoul Clay

  • Never use metal spoons when mixing clays. They absorb metals and by using a metallic spoon to mix, you diminish the adsorption effectiveness of the clay.
  • Put your Rhassoul mask on before jumping in the shower as it is easier to rinse off. Otherwise, we recommend using a damp cloth or sponge to help with the process.
  • If you use Rhassoul to help with dry scalp, make sure that you apply the mask on combed hair. That will make it much easier to wash.
  • Never leave a Rhassoul mask on your hair more than 15 minutes. If you feel that your hair is drying up, that is your cue to rinse it.

Kira Simpson

Founder + Director of The Green Hub, an urban green living advocate and coffee obsessive. She believes there is no one size fits all green lifestyle and we can all live more sustainably in a way that fits in with each of our unique lifestyles.