There is more to cosmetic Clay than the famous red bentonite clay. But if you want to improve your skin’s appearance, do try a clay treatment. Choose from 5 types, the one that works for your skin!
Clay has many beneficial properties that can help any type of skin. This natural remedy can be used for:
- maintaining young looking skin
- treating acne.
So it plays an important role in cosmetics and its qualities have been acknowledged since ancient times. This miraculous mud was frequently used to cure various skin conditions, but also to keep skin young and beautiful for thousands of years.
Today we can purchase bentonite, and other types of clay from pharmacies and shops that sell natural cosmetics.
- Clay can be the solution for various skin problems, as it can help remove impurities, release toxins and irritant substances that can cause problems for your skin.
- It can also reduce inflammation, improve circulation and absorb excess of sebum.
Each type of clay has a different texture and color which come from the minerals it contains. The colors range from from red, brown and green to yellow, white and even pink.
Here are 5 types of cosmetic clay along with 3 methods for easily including them in your beauty routine:
- Bentonite clay (also known as red clay)
Contains over 70 minerals and has antibacterial properties that help reduce acne, improve circulation and heal skin inflammation. You can use this clay twice a week if you have acne.
- White clay
One of the most versatile types of clay and it is mainly used in cosmetics due to its antibacterial and exfoliating properties. This type of clay can be used to remove dirt and clean your pores, but also regenerate skin cells. For a flawless complexion, white clay is the solution, as it is suitable for all skin types.
- Green Clay
Absorbs toxins and purifies your skin. Its colors are given by its content of minerals such as: iron and magnesium.
Green clay is perfect for oily skin types, as it can help remove blackheads and excess of sebum. Green Clay has a tonic action on the skin, leaving it fresh and revitalized. You can use green clay based treatments weekly.
- Fuller‘s Earth Clay
Another type of white clay and is used as a skin lightening agent. It contains silicon, iron and magnesium.
This type of clay is suitable for oily or acne skin complexions as well as for blemishes. It efficiently absorbs the excess oil from the skin so confidently include this ingredient in any face masks destined for oily skin.
- Rhassoul Clay
Has a reddish-brown colour and is a product highly preferred by spas. It is rich in minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, silicon, sodium and has astringent and absorption properties. Rhassoul clay is a natural mineral clay mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco since the eighth century. This particular type of clay has been used by Moroccan women for centuries to care for their skin and hair. Rhassoul Clay improves the elasticity and clarity of skin while moisturizing it at the same time.
There are products on the market such as: facial masks, shampoo and hair conditioners that contain this type of clay.
Clay mask for the face
For dry skin: Mix a small amount of water with clay until smooth. Keep the face mask on your face for just 5 minutes and remove it before it completely dries out.
For other skin types: Water should be replaced with honey, yogurt or milk. Keep the mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes.
- Apply the mask in a thin layer on your face and let it dry for about 15 minutes
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
- If you have dry skin, keep the face mask on your face for just 5 minutes and remove it before it completely dries out.
How to use clay for body wraps
Experts say that clay wraps can not only help maintain a beautiful skin, but it can also help with the weight loss.
To prepare this treatment boil two cups of water and add a quarter cup of salt over. Wait a few minutes for the salt to dissolve and add a cup of green clay and two tablespoons of olive oil.
If you think that the consistency obtained is too thick, add some more water.
Apply this mixture on the needed areas and wait half an hour before rinsing it out with warm water.
How to use clay in a bath
In alternative medicine, clay is considered to be very beneficial due to its detoxifying and relaxing properties.
- Draw yourself a bath
- Mix two cups of clay powder in hot water until completely dissolved.
- Soak in the bath for at least 20-30 minutes and you will lose any muscle tension.
- Don’t forget to pour yourself a nice glass of wine to help you unwind. 😉
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