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A Guide to Mud Masks

The benefits, the uses, and the history of this multitasking skin treatment. 

Smoothing on a mud mask has become a favorite self-care ritual—and for a good reason. The targeted treatment not only delivers skin-healing benefits, but it can also be a helpful tool for managing stress and promoting relaxation. In this guide, we will examine the many benefits of mud masks, how to choose a formula that suits your skin type, and how to use a mud mask to truly coddle your skin. 

The Benefits Of Mud Masks 

Mud masks are made from natural ingredients such as mud and clay and are known for their many benefits, including deep cleansing and strengthening the skin. They work by clearing out clogged pores, soaking up excess sebum, and exfoliating dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin. Some mud masks also contain minerals, which can boost cell renewal and collagen production, providing anti-aging benefits. One such mud mask is our Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask , which is rich in bioactive silica and has been shown to improve skin barrier function and prevent premature skin aging. 

The Story Of Silica Mud Mask 

The story of our iconic and best-selling treatment mask begins in the 1970s. Shortly after the Blue Lagoon formed, Icelandic locals began to bathe in the curious milky-blue water and report on its skin-healing effects. In 1987 scientific studies revealed the reason why: the water was exceptionally rich in minerals, particularly silica. The Blue Lagoon Research & Development Center was established in 1993, and among the first researchers to join the center was Ása Brynjólfsdóttir, who today serves as Director of Research & Development for Blue Lagoon Iceland. In 1995 Blue Lagoon Skincare, a dermatological line based on the Lagoon’s geothermal seawater and its bioactive components, was born. The first product: Silica Mud Mask. 

How Often Should You Use A Mud Mask? 

The frequency of use depends on your skin type. For oily or combination skin, mud masks can be used up to three times a week, while those with dry or sensitive skin may only need to use them once a week or once every two weeks. It is important to follow the instructions on the product and to avoid leaving the mask on for too long (we recommend 5-10 minutes). Regardless of skin type, it is important to read the ingredient list carefully and avoid a mud mask that contains harsh ingredients or fragrances that can potentially irritate the skin.  

Multimasking: How To Combine Mud Masks With Other Treatments 

Multimasking is a targeted skincare technique that involves applying different types of masks to different parts of the face. The T-zone—the area of the face that spans the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, and chin—tends to be oilier than other areas of the face, as it contains more sebaceous glands and is more prone to developing impurities. When multitasking with a mud mask, it is common to apply the purifying treatment to your T-zone and a hydrating mask to your cheeks and under eye area. An ideal multitasking counterpart to Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask is Blue Lagoon Mineral Mask, which is infused with electrolyte-rich Blue Lagoon Seawater to deliver intense hydration and boost the skin's moisture levels. Used in tandem, these bioactive treatment masks unlock the door to healthy, radiant skin.