Clay is derived from the ground and it is extremely rich in minerals and nutrients that do wonders for our skin. There are several different types of clay for face mask uses. Every clay type is unique with distinct mineral composition, nutrients and potency. Each type of clay affects the skin differently as they each have specific healing properties. Before you start using clays for your skin you need to become aware of these differences.
Basic Types Of Clay For Face Mask
White Clay – this clay is also known as Kaolin clay. It is the mildest form of clay to use for a facial mask. The major mineral component is aluminum oxide with a trace of zinc oxide. This clay is widely used in many cosmetic skin preparations because it is very gentle, is highly absorbent and because of its mineral content. It can be used for practically all types of skin. It is capable of drawing out impurities form the skin, yet it does not strip the oils. For this reason it is an excellent exfoliant and cleanser. As well, it stimulates circulation. The clay can be purchased in a natural health food store or online White & French Green Clay
Green Clay – the most popular of the green clays is the French Green Clay. This clay is very rich in minerals and nutrients including silica (50.6%), aluminum (14.1%), magnesium (2.25%), calcium (9.2%), iron (4.8%), titanium (0.71%), phosphorus (0.12%), sodium (0.18%), and potassium (4.2%) ( from Dr. Echano). These minerals render this clay highly absorbent of impurities, toxins and oils. In addition, it is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and abilities to stimulate circulation. Because it is highly fat absorbing it is the best clay for oily skin and acneic skin. The clay will cleanse, exfoliate and soften the skin. As well, it also helps to open blocked pores and tighten the skin. After its use, your skin will feel fresh, smooth radiant and soft. Click on the link to get the recipe I prepared for a French green clay face mask for oily skin.
Among the green clays there is another popular clay from the United States, called Bentonite clay. It is very nutritious and contains over 70 trace minerals. It was often used internally as a supplement, as well as a compound to absorb toxins. It is an excellent clay to use for a face mask. It is soothing, firming and it helps to reduce the size of the pores. A popular form of this clay can be purchased under the name of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It has received superb reviews from the customers who purchased it. This bentonite clay is from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months at super high temperatures. The following link describes a Bentonite clay face mask for oily skin.
Red Clay – Rhassoul clay (also known Ghassoul) is reddish brown in color. This clay of exceptional quality comes from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco where women used it for centuries to care for their skin and hair (reference). Today it is used by the best spas worldwide . It contains silicon, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, lithium, and trace elements. The Rhassoul clay is very versatile. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities. It acts as an astringent, detoxifying agent, cleanser, firming agent, hydrating agent and it is excellent for absorption of oil from the skin. It can be used on all types of skin.
Which Type Of Clay Should You Use
Choosing the type of clay for face mask will depend on your skin type, your skin condition and the effect you want to achieve.
White clay - is suitable for all skin types including dry and sensitive skin.
Green clay – it is excellent for oily and acne prone skin
Red Rhassoul clay – it is an excellent clay for all skin types, including mature skin and sun-damaged skin
Clay face mask can be used for almost all types of skin. However, pure clay masks that harden should not be used for sunburned and irritated skin. Also avoid clay facial masks if you have raw inflamed acne lesions on your face.