There’s nothing that feels quite as satisfying as a clay mask, especially when you’re dealing with a fresh breakout or your skin feels extra greasy. The way the clay hardens and tightens on your skin can make it feel like it’s really, truly, definitely working. But are they truly doing that much for your skin? And how does clay exfoliation work? The good news: Clay has legitimate benefits, especially for certain skin types. Here’s exactly how clay exfoliation works—and what they can do to improve your skin in the long run.

Clay is popular in skincare products, in general, because it’s so effective at clearing out skin.  Clay helps to detoxify the skin and draw out impurities and oils from the surface of the skin.  This is especially helpful to those people with acne or oily-prone skin. But even if you’re not plagued by breakouts—in which case, lucky you—clay can be rich in minerals and acids that can benefit other skin types, too.

Clay helps absorb oils and control shine

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may already be very familiar with clay masks. Clay is popular for these skin types for good reason.  It helps draw out the impurities as well as absorb excess oils that are on the surface of the skin. Additionally, it helps reduce excess shine. You can kiss your clogged pores goodbye.

Certain types of clay are great for hydrating dry skin

It helps draw out the impurities as well as absorb excess oils that are on the surface of the skin.  Say goodbye to clogged pores.

Clay is great for hydrating dry skin
Clay offers a detoxifying experience.  In some cases, clay masks can even hydrate your skin.

Follow up a clay facial with your usual skincare regimen

After you clay Facial, Myriam recommends following through with your usual skincare regimen, which should consist of cleansing followed by serum followed by a moisturizer. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, try using a moisturizer with salicylic acid, which can help control acne all day or night, Like the products from Tigers Eye Skin Care. There is a specific product for your skin type.

Not all clays are created equal.
According to Myrian, there are many types of clay and the source of the clay it vitally important.