Clay powder is sold in health food and cosmetics stores for use on the body and in it, as an internal detoxification agent. Its absorbent properties remove impurities and draw out toxins and irritants that cause rashes and blemishes.
BENTONITE: This is a very popular clay for skin benefits—you probably have spotted this in many of your acne-addressing products. Because of its super absorbing capabilities, this is a great clay for oily skin since it can suck up all that excess sebum easily. Not only that, but it has electric properties that when mixed with water make the molecules charged and attracts toxins out of your face and to the clay kind of like a magnet. This also goes for any skin ailments involving bacteria and fungus and impurities. Since bentonite clay swells when mixed with water, making it a highly porous substance, it can absorb more than its initial mass, including any swelling from excess sodium in your face. With its tightening, acne-clearing, and impurity-absorbing abilities, you can probably tell why bentonite is a go-to for any skin concerns.
FULLER'S EARTH: This is another powerful absorber of oil and impurities—so much so that fuller’s earth clay is also used in cat litter and automotive products to absorb oil spills on pavement. So you can tell… this means business. You can use it to spot dry-clean fabrics too, in case you get any oily salad dressing on your silk blouse. There are SO many uses. For your face, however, this is a great oil-absorber on top of working well for addressing hyperpigmentation, as it has mild bleaching properties. When combined with some rose water and used as a mask, it helps boost circulation. This is recommended for people with oily skin since it can be quite drying—but it wouldn’t hurt for normal skin if used no more than once a week.
FRENCH GREEN: Found in France (duh), French green clay is your go-to for exfoliation and pore-tightening on top of oil absorption. It can be called Illite Clay or Sea Clay, the green color comes from the amount of decomposed plant material and iron oxide and is a determining factor in the quality of the clay—it should never be gray or white, it should be very green. It’s so absorbent that not only does it drink up oils, it also pulls blood towards the surface of your skin, giving you a bit of a tingling sensation as it boosts circulation.
ROSE KAOLIN: Rose clay has been all the buzz lately as a natural cleanser and overall amazing natural ingredient. Rose clay is mild kaolin clay, often referred to as pink clay, and is a gentle, natural clay that contains kaolinite. Rose clay is fabulous for most skin types; including sensitive skin, which simply means it's a naturally occurring clay that has kaolinite as its main component. Rose clay is also abundant in minerals like Silica. Rose clay masks help to replenish and restore skin with moisture, exfoliate the complexion with its slightly grainy texture, and draw out impurities.
RAHSSOUL RED: Unique in that rhassoul clay is great for both skin and hair, this ancient clay is mined from Morocco and is crazy-rich in minerals. It’s very negatively charged and most toxins in your skin are positively charged, so this clay is the perfect magnet for sopping up all those impurities—sebum plugs, blackheads, and oil around hair follicles. It doesn’t, however, leave you dry because of its elasticity and texture-improving effects. It’s gentle enough for daily use in small doses like in soap, makes a heavy-duty exfoliator when mixed with crushed oats or almonds, and is even great for absorbing excess build-up on hair, restoring volume, and shine.
Direction to use:
Wash your face with warm water
Make the mask. Put about a tablespoon or two of clay in a bowl
Apply the mask. Apply the paste with your fingertips, covering all of the skin except the skin around your eyes.
Let sit. Allow the paste to dry.
Rinse off with water.