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So I have mentioned a couple times that we brought on our first contributor to the site!!! Her name is Amy and she knows everything there is to know about beauty. She knows all the best of the best so I knew I wanted her to be the first! This post she wrote and hope you guys love! We decided to do the first one on mud masks since we were at the Blue Lagoon and because I love a good mud mask. So enjoy!!! xo

I love facial masking. So much so, that I make a full ritual of it! It usually involves a double facial cleanse, a light exfoliation, followed by a moisturizing or tightening mask, which is then followed by an evening soak in the tub (candles lit, always), or a Netflix binge (popcorn and peanut M&M’s in hand). Ritual, guys. I adore this ritual. I love the delivery system of masks! Your favorite active skin ingredients being able to sit on your skin and absorbing deeply over the course of your masking session. I love cream masks, exfoliating masks, under-eye collagen masks, lip plumping masks, K-beauty sheet masks — but one mask I have always avoided was a mud mask. My already dry skin craves moisture in the biggest way and I just assumed all that drying mud and clay would only worsen the issue. Wrong, Sis. Wrong.

Because here’s the thing, mud masks usually contain some type of clay in them. Which seems like it would dry you out, though, that isn’t the case. These natural ingredients have properties in them that aid in tightening the skin, drawing impurities and oils out of those enlarged pores (which we all worry about), and they give the skin a nice detox. Even dry skin needs pore-tightening. Dry skin can also always benefit from a little detoxing and toning, amiright? But remember that if your skin is dehydrated, take your mud mask off during the “almost dry” phase, not the last phase when the mask cracks and flakes — that drying phase can be too much for already dehydrated skin. Then follow your mud mask with a toner and a heavy moisturizing cream — the tightening feeling that follows a mud mask can be uncomfortable for dry skin.

But what about you ladies who have oily or combination skin? You’ll be pleased to know that mud masking is perfect for you! Because when used regularly, a mud mask can aid in the control of your natural oil production. Which means you can say “goodbye” to that oily T-Zone! But lets say you also say you also struggle with acne-prone skin. A mud mask will also draw impurities out of the skin. This means the dirt, grime, bad oils, imbedded makeup and pollution will be drawn out of your skin to the surface level—where you can more easily wash them away. If you struggle with deeper acne, use a mud mask more often (think every other day) because the clay will draw out those impurities from even deeper layers of skin, which prevents blemishes from forming at all.

An added bonus is that the clay in these masks (usually bentonite, kaolin, white, rose, etc.) are all natural exfoliators and known to remove toxins, heavy metals, chemicals and dead skin cells. The sloughing off of dead cells that happen during mud masking will leave your skin looking fresh, smooth and radiant! Hello, Glowy Skin! I can jump on the mud mask train! What’s not to love?

So here lay our favorite mud masks. Make sure to pick a mask suitable for your skin type. Because saying all mud masks are the same, is like saying every moisturizer is the same. Not true — Each of these is a beautiful treatment. And each is suited for a different skin type.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask: A water-based product that is more hydrating than it is drying. Amazing for dehydrated skin, since it’s less drying than a clay based mask.

2.Glamglow Gravity Mud: This cult-favorite lives up to its hype. It packs a powerful punch for being an anti-aging, skin smoothing and tightening treatment.Aztec Secret

3. Aztec Secret Healing Clay: This internet sensation has been a long-time favorite! Preferred by acne-prone faces because of the clay’s ability to draw out impurities. It also speeds up the healing process of active breakouts.

4.Dr. Jart Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay Trio: A multitasking kit for those that struggle with redness, dehydration and the occasional acne spot treatment.

5. Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant: Great option for those struggling with oily skin. It mattifyies without drying your face. Refines skin texture, while absorbing excess oil.

XO Amy

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  1. I’m also OBSESSED with Origins clay mask! I love the way it pulls all of the junk from my pores leaving me with smooth, touchable skin.
    Masks are my favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon!
    http://www.karatasi.co

  2. I am SO happy to see a skincare info post on one of my favorite blogs!! Just what I’ve been searching for 🙂 Love that you brought on a new contributor, Amber! You’re such a boss babe and it inspires me big time. Also, hi Amy! Thanks for the tips!

    -Michaela
    http://theclosetmermaid.com/

  3. Thanks for the information about the type of mud packs and how to use them for different skin types.
    I’d never used anything like this before, but as a crafter I got the opportunity to make some pamper products at home in the last year, so have been slowly coming to grips with them! Have got a kit to make different types of mud masks but until now I’ve been too scared to try making them – I had no idea what they even were! After reading your post though, I’m going to try them this weekend! So thanks for giving me some confidence x

  4. I love this informative post about skin care! There are so many different types of skin out there that it can be really confusing as to what to purchase specifically for YOU and what your skin needs! I would definitely need #5…haha!

    Great post and everyone’s hair is just LOVELY!

    xo,
    Kelly Hoover | http://www.theglamorousteacher.com

  5. I’m kind of surprised the Blue Lagoon let you put on face masks in the water. It’s supposed to be a natural spa for everyone to enjoy not a personal bath. Cute idea though!

    1. The Blue Lagoon actually offers mud masks for free to put on in the Lagoon! You will have to try it sometime its so fun!

  6. My husband and I love be masks! I’m going to try the Aztec secret. He has adult acne and it’s only $5! Love this post

  7. Love love this post! So many great tips! I get overwhelmed with all of the masks out there and never know what to go for. I did start with the Aztec and love it so far! Can’t wait to try some of the others!

    CAREFREEBLONDE.blogspot.com

  8. I love that you are bringing on contributors and diversifying your content! I think it’s a really smart move versus other bloggers who overexpose their children for the sake of content- and it’s informative! Welcome to the site Amy! Also- love masks and loved this post!

  9. Thanks for sharing this post, and congrats on your new contributor! She’s a lucky gal! Your hair extension shots are absolutely stunning, some day I hope to produce such amazing pictures!!

    XX -KK
    http://www.kayleekarcher.com/
    #ObsessedWithEverything

  10. Hello, Amy! Happy to learn from ya :D. I’m a HUGE Glamglow fan after a Sephora sample many years ago. Definitely my favorite among the recommended selection. Does Amber have a favorite?

    Best,
    Rebecca Brianne of Bexpeditions

  11. Hey Amy! Loved the post and I think it’s so awesome that you are the first contributor 🙂 I love how smart you’re being, Amber, by bringing on contributors to the site. I know we will all grow to love them as much as we love you!! xo Welcome, Amy!!
    xo Holly
    http://www.hollycanon.com

  12. I don’t know if I’m alone in this but I don’t love the idea of having a contributor… I have been a loyal follower since before you were even married and have loved (lowkey obsessed) watching the blog progress throughout the years but this is my least favorite update. I follow this blog to hear from you and I feel like in the past few months you’ve been less and less talkative with your readers. This may be too forward in saying (and easier said than done) but I feel like you’ve let the haters get to you maybe! It broke my heart when you opened up about feeling stressed in a post back when you were living in Hawaii and people were mean back, but I don’t want that to stop you from being real and saying how you feel! Anyway, I guess what I’m getting at is that I’ve loved hearing the REAL side of you and follow along to hear from you! I really appreciated that as a blogger you talked about the not so glamorous parts of life too…Totally unsolicited advice, it’s just been on my mind for a while! I still will always follow and obsess over your content <3

    1. I completely agree. I liked the fact that the blog has been a personal peek into your life…there’s a lot to be said for voyeurism! Blogs are best when they are like reading through someone’s diary. Otherwise, it’s just like any other website with random contributors (no offense to Amy of coarse). I’m also mostly here for the fashion! I scroll right by when it’s a sponsored post (yes, I understand why bloggers have/want to do them).

    2. I was thinking the same thing! I understand why you are doing it though- it adds something new and different and I’m sure some people love it. I just love your more personal posts about life and travel. 😘😘😘

    3. Just to add a bit of a different opinion: I LOVE reading your posts where you get real about your life, and I love reading about your adorable family. Having said that, I also love that you brought on a new contributor! As a long time follower, I have loved watching your family and your blog grow, and I think this is a great addition to your repertoire! Amy seems like a dynamic writer, and based on this post, it sounds like she has a lot to offer! You guys seem like a super close-knit family, and bringing on a contributor will give you a little more time to focus on this business as well as your other two full-time jobs (extensions and motherhood). (I would also like to point out that bringing on Amy does not mean that Amber is going to lose her personality.) Welcome to the blog Amy! I am super excited to see more of your content! 😊

      Amanda|| https://www.amslade.com/

    4. Girl this blog is her business…Of course she has BFBHair now but she wouldn’t have that if it weren’t for her personal blog. She has created an empire over the years and this website has become a place for her readers to not only get inspired but to look to her for advice…I admire her for stepping back and telling us that she isn’t the most knowledgeable on certain aspects of beauty but she still wants to provide us with advice. She is using her platform to allow other, better informed people to share with us their knowledge on certain products and beauty tips and I think this is the most kickass thing she has done and give her allllllllll the props in the world. GO AMBER!!!!!!!

    5. Side note: I do think it’s awesome that you are using your platform to showcase other talented people such as Amy! I’ve just noticed a decrease in personal posts, and less insta stories when you would talk to your readers and do q&a & you even said on twitter that you have a ton of vlogs that you’re nervous to post.. I just miss that bcause it was one of the things that I loved about barefoot blonde was how down to earth you were with your readers. All I’m saying is I hope you weren’t discouraged to do more personal posts because of the haters. 🤗

  13. Great information. I am torn on which product to use. I am 58 yrs. old with oily skin that still occasionally breaks out. What do you suggest?

  14. I used the glam glow mud mask and brok out after for so long:(…
    I usually have pretty clear skin.

  15. All of these braids are giving me life! I’ve been wanting to try that Charlotte Tilbury mask for ages. Looks like you had an incredible time in Iceland — hope to see more pics on here soon:)

    https://somebodysdove.com

  16. Whoop whoop! Hi Amy!! Welcome to Barefoot Blonde I’m excited to read your posts!!!!!! ❤❤

  17. I love my Aztec Indian Clay mask. It’s incredible for how inexpensive it is! I’ve also been loving Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder lately, but want to try the Dr. Jart masks you recommended.

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

  18. And here I thought mud was mud! Good thing Amy is here to teach us her ways. 🙂 I’m excited to try this and am totally down with “ritualizing” this! 😉

  19. Welcome to the blog, Amy, and thank you for your helpful post. I have acne-prone and oily skin and never ever have I actually used a mud mask. Where have I been? 🙂 Will start now. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! xoxo M

  20. Love this post! I recently have become obsessed with clay masks, because hello, oily face over here. I haven’t tried the ones you shared, but I absolutely love love love Caudalie’s detoxifying mask. I’m interested to try to Aztec Secret.

  21. I have been needing a post like this so badly, so thank you, Amber! I am trying to get my skin wedding ready for November – these suggestions are perfect. Definitely going to try the acne prone one! Thank you again, gorgeous xx

    http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog