Know all about the types of clays for face masks
Did you know the practice of using all types of clays for soothing and healing skin can be traced back to the ancient era? Apart from cosmetic products, pure clays were used for medicinal purposes as well, in ancient Rome, 60 BC to be exact. Nowadays, we are exposed to a plethora of toxins, face extreme stress, and come into contact with environmental pollutants so much, that it isn’t a surprise why so many people suffer from skin related issues. Pure clays work their magic on your skin and gradually eradicate those problems, while making your skin healthier. Clays are an important part of any beauty skincare routine these days, that is why they are an essential ingredient for our face masks. Learn about the types of clays we use for our face masks.
Types of Clays for Face Masks – How They are Used
An ancient, mineral-rich clay that hails from Morocco, Rhassoul clay is great for both the skin and hair. It is an effective detoxifying agent considering it is very negatively charged, acting as the perfect magnet for attracting toxins, sebum plugs, blackheads, bacteria and other impurities to be escorted out of the skin. Rhassoul is gentle and won’t dry your skin out, thanks to its unique mineral make up, which will improve the texture and softness of your skin.
Rhassoul Clay is best for dry, ageing skin types.
Packed with mineral salts and kaolin, a component that helps to repair skin, this is one of the gentlest clays. It draws out impurities from pores, soothes inflammation, and tightens skin naturally. It works marvellously for those with irritated, acne prone skin, rosacea or eczema as your skin heals with consistent use.
Kaolin Clay is the best option for sensitive skin types.
The reddish brown clay contains high amounts of iron oxide that is responsible for the color, and rich in trace elements that promote microcirculation. It successfully detoxifies skin, brightens skin tone, cleanses deep within, tightens pores, reduces redness and calms irritated skin, absorbs excess sebum, and much more.
Great toner and cleanser for acne prone, oily, and problem skin.
Pink clay, also known as rose clay is a mix of white and red clay, so it combines benefits of both. It has mild but effective exfoliating and polishing properties, making it appropriate for rejuvenating and smoothing rough skin. It exfoliates dead skin, and invigorates by increasing the turnover of new skin cells.
Rose Clay is excellent for sensitive skin types as well as ageing skin.
It has more minerals as compared to white clay, and is more absorbent and efficient when it comes to removing toxins and impurities, and helping skin to heal. It not only draws out excess oils, but also enhances circulation in your skin. It is great for those with oily, combination or acne-prone skin.
French Green Clay is great for oily skin.
Yellow Clay is excellent for revitalising and toning dull and tired looking skin. Those with combination skin can safely use it, while its gentleness is suitable for dry, sensitive and mature skin too. It cleanses and absorbs impurities, boosts production of collagen, oxygenates cells, and has natural anti-wrinkle properties as well.
Yellow Clay is suitable for all skin types including sensitive and dry skin.
The vivid hues of purple clay are attributed to the high levels of magnesium in it. This particular mineral boosts health of skin cells, so you get a youthful appearance, so this clay is apt for anti-ageing effects. It also prevents the skin from absorbing environmental contaminants and impurities, while detoxifying skin and enhancing natural radiance.
Great option for people who want to help prevent ageing skin.
How do pure clays work?
The primary function of clays is to flush out toxicity from the surface of the skin. In clay’s natural state, it possesses negatively charged molecules, where most toxins, heavy metals and bacteria have positively charged molecules. When applied to the skin, what happens is the two bind together and through the process of washing the clay off, you escort these toxins off the skin.
This ability alone can improve the overall quality and health of the skin by improving the immunity of the surface of the skin and greatly reducing inflammation. However, this isn’t the only way that clay works to improve the integrity of the skin, as it is also rich in beautifying minerals including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium. Its detoxifying abilities, nutritive qualities, and microbial balancing properties give it many reasons to use for the skin.
Benefits of Pure Clay Facial Masks
Regularly using face masks made with pure clay can heal your skin from within, and help those with serious skin related issues as well. It is really simple to prepare face masks with clays – the basic recipe is to just add water to the clay, form a paste, apply on the face, leave on till dry, wash off, and apply a moisturizer or toner. The recipe can be tweaked by adding essential oils.
As mentioned, hydrated clay binds with toxins to draw them out, but it also attracts harmful bacteria and pathogens. When you make a clay mask and apply it to the skin, it binds to the bacteria on the surface and those nestled deep in the pores. The mask brings the dried up bacteria to the surface of the skin to then be washed away.
This act reduces the overpopulation of pathogenic bacteria to friendly microflora, which is responsible for bacterial skin problems, acne, and even poison ivy. In other words, clay masks work as a natural antibiotic that can heal skin infections and even remedy issues like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. It is even more effective than most antibiotics, as it will not entirely wipe out the colonies of friendly bacteria that promote healthy skin immunity.
Pure clays have excellent detoxification characteristics. When applied as a topical mask, they literally pull toxins from the skin, leaving it fresh and clean. As environmental pollutants come into contact with the skin, they can be stored in the pores and lead to inflammation and allergic responses.
The use of a clay mask will leave your skin feeling renewed and less inflamed. It is the ideal way to purify the skin with natural ingredients.
Clay not only pulls toxins out of the skin’s pores but also hydrogen from the skin cells, which allows more room for oxygen to benefit the skin tissue and rejuvenate them. This moves improved circulation and overall healthier skin.
Minimizing the appearance of pores is often a goal for many people seeking beautiful looking skin. However, having smaller pores is not just a goal of vanity; but such smaller pores are typically the result of healthier skin, considering that the pores become enlarged when they are clogged with excess sebum, bacteria, and dirt.
Clay masks are brilliant at pulling out stale sebum, dirt, possible bacteria, and other gunk from skin pores. Once you apply the clay mask, you will feel the face tighten as it slowly dries. This action is due to the soaking up of oils and any foreign particle clogging the pores. The mask pulls it to the surface and once you wash it off, your face feels clean and fresh. With continuous use, you will inevitably notice your pores becoming smaller.
Our skin naturally produces oil to protect and moisturize, which is known as sebum. When our immune systems are over-activated, be it from an infection, autoimmunity, stress or toxic overload, the skin can overproduce sebum. The result is acne, blackheads, whiteheads, too oily skin or other skin blemishes. Clay masks are an incredible remedy for oily and acne-prone skin.
It can “soak” up excess sebum and clean out any clogged pores from the resulting excess oil. Be sure to use an organic, plant-based moisturizer with healthy fats to restore some oil to the skin’s surface, that way it does not overproduce after the mask.
Clay masks can be used to rebuild damaged skin fibers as well as promote youthful skin and preventing or eliminating wrinkles. Bentonite clay specifically has been shown to promote blood circulation to the skin, thus increasing healing and regenerating of the skin tissue.
The use of clay masks also helps to promote youthful skin naturally and reduces wrinkles and fine lines by promoting the number of collagen fibers by enhancing collagen synthesis.
So far, the attributes of clay already mentioned will target most of the root causes of skin problems and help the skin achieve greater health. Clay is also loaded with a very important beautifying nutrient known as silica. Not only will it remove dead skin cells, bacteria and debris, it gives your skin important nutrients it needs to glow as well.
To put it in a nutshell, pure clays can heal the skin and promote youthful, beautiful, and glowing skin. While preparing clay facial masks, you need to bear the skin type in mind, so the ingredients need to be added accordingly. For example, you have to find out which essential oil works best for your skin, and then mix it. Moreover, you shouldn’t overdo the routine of applying face masks – using it once or twice a week is sufficient or else your skin could become overly dry.