Photography by: Cindy James
Wash with a citrus-infused cleanser, and rinse with cool water. Pat dry, and smooth on a mask made with white, red, or green clay (try Sayer's recipe at left). As it dries, the clay will draw out impurities and absorb excess oil. Rinse with cool water, and apply a light moisturizer--even if your skin is oily. "Oily complexions that aren't properly hydrated tend to look red, irritated, and flaky, so be sure to apply an oil-free moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 every day," advises Sayer.
Kimberly Sayer's Purifying Clay Mask
2 tablespoons clay powder
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (if skin is oily)
1 tablespoon olive oil (if skin is dry)
1 tablespoon plain yogurt (if skin is normal)
Mix the clay powder with enough water to form a smooth paste, then add lemon juice, olive oil, or yogurt. Apply the mask to clean skin and allow paste to dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.