Beauty 101: Clay
Clay has been used as part of skin care regimens around the world for centuries. Why, you ask? Well, it works by drawing out impurities from your pores, thus helping you obtain and maintain clean and clear skin.
There are a number of natural clays on the market today, each with varying properties depending on where they originate, so we encourage you to try a few different types and experiment. Example of said experimentation? We add in yogurt or honey sometimes; the fun is in the creativity. Don’t forget to let us know which is your favorite and some of your DIY recipes.
Here are a few of ours:
French Green Clay: Known for its incredible absorption ability resulting from it’s micro-molecular structure, this clay pulls impurities, oil, dead skin and toxic substances from your skin. It stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, which revitalizes your complexion and essentially tightens your pores for a toned look.
Fullers Earth Clay: This claylike substance is a compound of silica, sapphire crystal, magnesium oxide, iron oxide and calcium oxide. It is a naturally occurring mineral previously used in industrial setting to soak up oil make it a fantastic choice for those with oily skin and prone to acne. It has also been widely used as a skin-lightening agent.
Bentonite Clay: One of the most popular clays used to assist in mineral deficiencies. This clay is composed of aged volcanic ash. Molecules of Bentonite Clay have a strong negative charge and attract positively charged toxins and bacteria from your pores, so facial masks with Bentonite clay are key for sensitive skin.
Rhassoul Clay: Collected from the fertile deposits beneath the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, this ancient clay is one of our all-time favorite treats. A mineral-rich clay containing high percentages of silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium makes it a spa favorite. In addition to its absorption properties, Rhassoul Clay has been shown in studies to improve skin texture, reduce dryness, reduce flakiness and improve skin clarity.
We love to shop for clay at local natural apothecaries, but for those of you who would rather shop online, here are two great resources: Mountain Rose Herbs and From Nature With Love. Remember that your clay is only as good as where it is mined from, so always purchase from a reputable source.