Are you looking for a way to care for your skin, without using harsh chemical-based products that are common in so many beauty products? Then facial clay masks are a great option to consider! Clay masks have been around for centuries and are some of the most common face and body treatments available and –if used correctly – can give your skin glowing results.
There are many types of clays used in skincare, with a variety of benefits to your skin. Most of us know that clay is great at absorbing oils and clearing pores, but did you know there are also clays that soothe irritation, detox skin, exfoliate, and even offer anti-aging properties? All clay contains minerals, and these are what increases circulation and makes your skin luminous. Clay also exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, so your skin is healthy looking and glowing after a facial.
There are several types of clay that you can buy, and each one has different properties for your skin. Let’s take a look at 5 different types of clays and what each of them do to benefit your skin.
Also known as Multani Mitti, Fuller’s Earth is a type of clay that contains various minerals, including magnesium, quartz, silica, iron, calcium, calcite and dolomite. Being a natural absorbent, Fuller’s Earth can be used to remove excess oil from oily skin and can also unclog skin pores and balance the natural pH level of the skin. If you struggle with acne and pimples, Fuller’s Earth clay is your go-to mask. It helps get rid of clogged pores and reduces excess oil secretion, two main causes of acne and pimples. It also is widely used as a skin-lightening agent and is best known for its ability to be applied as a “facial bleach”.
Bentonite clay is a natural healing clay that produces a negative electric charge when water is added to it, which aids in binding. Usually a grayish-cream color, Bentonite is very effective and beneficial because it draws out toxins from the skin, shrinks your pores (noticeably just after a few uses), prevents breakouts, and leaves your skin soft and smooth.
Also known as “china clay”, Kaolin is the gentlest of the various clays available. It is recommended the most for facials. It isn’t over-drying and gently stimulates circulation to the area of application (unlike bentonite clay). Aside from a face mask, you can also use it daily to exfoliate your skin.
Sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Rhassoul clay is a naturally dried clay that has a silk-like feel. Known to even out skin tone, it also has the unique ability to both nourish skin and reduce breakouts. In fact, clinical studies and testing on Rhassoul found that it can increase skin elasticity, even skin tone, reduce blemishes and blackheads, and reduce skin dryness or flakiness.
French Green Clay
Also known as Sea clay or Illite, French green clay has long been known for its detoxifying skin care benefits that can be attributed to its unique mineral composition. French green clay is a bio-mineral, composed of both decomposed plant material and trace minerals such as calcium, aluminum, magnesium, silica, phosphorous, copper and zinc. A green clay mask is particularly beneficial for oily skin, drawing out oil while also tightening pores. It literally “drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin and its toning action stimulates the skin, while revitalizing your complexion.