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How Different Types of Clay Benefit Your Skin

Clay for skin

Clay is a great natural ingredient for skin care. It can help to detoxify the skin, draw out impurities, and even help to reduce inflammation. It can even help to boost collagen production, giving your skin a more youthful appearance.

If you’re looking for a way to give your skin a boost, consider using a clay mask. It’s an easy way to improve your skin’s health and appearance. Clay has been used in skincare for centuries, and for good reason. This naturally occurring ingredient has powerful detoxifying and absorbent properties that make it ideal for cleansing and purifying the skin.

Clay face masks are great to add to your skincare routine to give it a boost of nutrients and minerals, and can even help to exfoliate the skin. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to choose a clay mask that is suitable for your skin type. You can also find clays that are specifically formulated for oily or acne-prone skin.

When using a clay face mask, be sure to follow the directions on the packaging. Typically, you will want to apply the mask to clean, dry skin.

Different Types of clay

Clay is one of the most versatile and widely used materials in existence. It has a long history of use in a variety of applications, and there are many different types of clay that can be used for different purposes.

There are a variety of clays that can be used in skin care, each with its own unique benefits. Depending on your skin type, there is a clay that can help improve your complexion. Clay can help to remove impurities and dead cells, and leave feeling softer and smoother. It can also help to improve circulation and promote healing. Different types of clay have different benefits, so it is important to choose the right one for your skin type.

Some of the most popular types of clay used include:

  • Kaolin Clay: This is a gentle clay that is ideal for sensitive skin types. It helps to absorb dirt, without stripping its natural oils.

  • Bentonite Clay: This is a more powerful clay that is great for oily and blemish-prone skin. It helps to draw out impurities and unclog pores.

  • French pink clay: This is a very soft clay that is gentle on the skin. It can be used to cleanse the skin, remove impurities, and stimulate circulation. It is also effective in treating acne and other skin conditions.

  • Rhassoul Clay: This clay is rich in minerals and is great for all skin types. It helps to exfoliate dead cells.

  • French Green Clay: This clay is perfect for normal to combination skin and helps brighten skin.

Kaolin Clay

Best for…

  • Oily skin

  • Sensitive skin

  • Exfoliation

  • Cleansing

Kaolin clay is one of the most common clays, extracted all over the planet. Also known as China clay, it's named after the Kao-ling mountains in China where is was originally mined. It contains the mineral Kaolinite, and in its pure form should be bright white although, the colour varies depending on where it was mined, and what other minerals are present. There are two main types of kaolin clay: hard and soft.

In the US the main areas where kaolin clay has been mined is central Georgia. The deposits were formed more than 50 million years ago.

One of the earliest uses of kaolin clay was to make pottery, it was especially famous in china as the main ingredient use to make porcelain. Now kaolin has many uses including paper manufacturing, medicine, toothpaste, organic farming and of course skin care!

In skin care kaolin clay is the gentlest of all clays and therefore perfect for reactive and dry skin.

It has great absorbent properties soaking up excess oil and dirt from the pores.

This allows it to detoxify your skin by making sure your pores don’t become blocked or clogged, without stripping away too many of the natural oils needed to keep your skin healthy.

Silica is one of the main components of Kaolin clay and it is known to help remove bacteria from your skin. This can help improve acne when used regularly.

Its also a great exfoliator gentle removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin silky smooth.

You can find white Kaolin clay in our popular Honey Microdermabrasion and Cacao and Orange face masks.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is a popular natural remedy for many skin conditions.

Best for...

  • Acne prone skin

  • Inflamed skin

  • Ingrown hairs

Bentonite clay is popular in alternative medicine. It is sometimes promoted as a "detox" agent. It is made from volcanic ash that has been aged and weathered. It is composed of several minerals, including montmorillonite, which is a type of clay.

Bentonite clay is thought to have several health benefits, including the following:

  • Detoxification: Some people believe that it can help remove toxins from the body.

  • Skin problems: It is sometimes used as a natural treatment for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

When applied to the skin, it helps absorb excess oil and dirt, which helps to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The clay can also be used as a facial mask to help draw out impurities and tighten pores.

If you have oily skin, bentonite clay can help to control excess oil production. The clay is also effective in treating blackheads and whiteheads.

If you have dry skin, bentonite clay can help to moisturize and nourish the skin. The clay is also effective in treating wrinkles and fine lines.

Bentonite clay is also effective in treating sunburns. The clay helps to soothe and cool the skin, and can also help to reduce inflammation. Bentonite clay is a safe and effective natural remedy for many common skin conditions.

French pink Clay

Best for…

  • Reactive skin

  • Mature skin

  • Dry skin

  • Skin repair

French pink clay is found in France, and is actually a perfect mix of while kaolin and red clay. The red clay gets its colour from a high levels of iron oxide.

This creates a beautiful mild pink clay that is great for mature skin as it can remove oil and dirt without leaving the skin feeling dry.

The high levels of iron oxide help revitalise and brighten the skins appearance. It also improves circulation strengthening elasticity and promoting skin regeneration.

It also most effective for polishing and exfoliating dry skin without irritation, as the pink clay has anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce redness and rosacea.

You can try pink clay in our Rose and green tea clay mask.

French Green Clay

Best For...

  • Acne prone skin

  • Oily skin

  • Deep pore cleansing

  • Detoxifying

Green clay has a long history in some of the oldest civilisations and was used by Greeks and Romans in various traditional therapies.

While it's mined all over the world, it got the name 'French Green Clay' at a time when France monopolised the market after discovering large quantities of high quality green clay in the rock quarries in southern France. For a while green clay was mined there

exclusively, until similar deposits were found in in America and China.

It gets its green colour from both iron oxide and decomposed plant matter including seaweed which gives this clay a rich variety of minerals.

Because of its high mineral content, it's probably the most popular clay for beauty treatments. It is said to help restore the balance of minerals in your body by both absorbing access minerals, and topping-up lost minerals. It is super detoxifying, as it has negatively charged ions which attract and neutralise positive ions that are toxins.

This clay has the deepest pore cleansing properties effect of all clays. It really draws out impurities, so is perfect acne prone skin and removing blackheads. It has the highest absorbency of all the clays so it great soaking up excess oil, leaving you feeling fresh and clean.

There is also some studies to show that green clay has antibacterial properties which is helps fighting the causes of acne.

You can find green clay in our Cucumber and Seaweed face mask and our Caffeine and Lime stimulating body scrub.

Rhassoul Clay

Best For...

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Dry skin

  • Oily skin

Rhassoul clay is a type of clay that is found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It has been used for centuries by the people of Morocco. The clay is also used as a face mask and a skin cleanser. This clay is rich in minerals and it will help to detoxify your skin. It is also said to be good for people with eczema and psoriasis.

Rhassoul clay is best for people with oily skin and it can help to control excess sebum production. It will also help to absorb excess oil and impurities from the skin. It is also good for people with dry skin as it can help to hydrate the skin and make it softer.

Rhassoul clay has been used for centuries in North Africa for its many benefits. It is known to help with a variety of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It can be used as a facial mask or cleanser, and it is also effective in treating scalp conditions. When used on the skin, it helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. It also absorbs excess oil and dirt, which can help to prevent breakouts. This clay is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, and it is also effective in treating dry skin. If you have oily or combination skin, you may want to use it as a facial mask or cleanser a few times per week.

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