To use just apply an even thin layer to clean, dry skin and leave on for ten minutes. For me, it stings a little at first, a mild tingling. Allow the mask to dry then remove with water. I use a soft flannel washcloth and use circular motions. The mask transforms into a cleansing oil treatment as you do this. The mask contains no parabens, sulphates or phthalates and unites the power of mud and the power of oil.