I am always for so natural possible cosmetics. How smaller the ingredient list the better. So different kinds of clay make it so fun. Too really make it perfect for the skin type and condition. In ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt it was very popular. I think always will be as well.
Per clay the benefits may very but always is it good for oil/sebum reducing, and killing bacteria/mold. The clay’s are very suitable for mixing with essential oils. And for cleaning out your pores there perfect. The color that the clay is a indication what the properties are.
The most used clays.
Kaolin and Bentonite are probably the most well-known types of clay. Bentonite aka sodium clay is composed of volcanic ash and is in principle gray to creamy in color. Bentonite is considered the king of absorption. Not only of moisture, but also of sebum. This clay is therefore used in products for oily skin or skin with acne complaints. So you have to take a little bit because this clay can dry your skin out.
Green clay powders thank their color for the content of iron oxides and plant material. Anti-clay properties are often attributed to green clay.
Kaolin aka Chinese clay is mainly known as white clay, although it is also found in a variety of colors. Due to the composition of the minerals and other (less strongly absorbing) action kaolin is previously recommended for the more sensitive skin.
Very popular is the beige-rosy Ghassoul clay from Morocco. This mild clay of the Atlas Mountains, which you also encounter under the name of Rassoul, has been used for centuries for face and face. Ghassoul is also known for the cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties.
How to do it yourself.
Clays, from kaolin, are processed in many cosmetic products because of their absorbent and binding properties. From toothpastes and powders to sunscreen products. Are you looking for a clay mask, then the offer is also huge. Because many pots and tubes with ready-to-use clay masks are always used to add additives or perfumes that can irritate the skin, I prefer clean clay pads.
You can buys clean clay at you local health store. Or like me at Holland and Barrett. There is a green (French green clay), a red (illite) or white variant (kaolin). I also found a bag with Ghassoul clay here. Adding water just before use literally gives the required negative charge to the minerals in the clay. This negative charge allows the clay particles to work on the skin, such as toxins and tallow binding. Therefore, do not use metal mixing bowls, but plastic or ceramic. Do not let it sit on your face too long. In fact, you can remove the product before it is completely dried up. This will prevent your skin from feeling drastic or damaged afterwards. Therefore, use plenty of water when removing the mask. Even better, mixing the clay with a vegetable oil instead of water will not make the mask hard at all.
See you next time.