So, when it comes to mud for the skin, is all dirt created equal? Not so much. "There are different types of mud," explains Dellimore. "Some comes from Alaska, Arizona, or the Dead Sea. Dead Sea mud is high in salt and sulfates and can be very drying to the skin."
Additionally, the nutrients within the mud itself can vary greatly, according to Brian. "Absorbency and trace mineral content vary among clays used, as do the other ingredients in the mud formulation. A mud with high oil absorption is used to treat oily skin, while a less absorbent clay, possibly with light emollients added, is more suitable for dry skin." Wei's mud mask uses China clay, which makes it creamy and non-drying, whereas GlamGlow uses French sea clay, which is rich in vitamins and minerals.
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