Why your skin will love clay

Clay has been used therapeutically for thousand of years and there’s a good reason why. Clay is basically made up of rich minerals that your skin needs, and by using clay on your skin allows it to soak up these minerals and nutrients for gloriously clean, fresh skin!

Clay comes from the earth as a result of weathering and erosion of mineral rich rocks over long periods of time. Naturally rich in minerals, clay comes in a variety of colours ranging from white, to brown and pink to red, all varying in composition depending on where they came from. But all types of clay have something in common, they are perfect for making face masks!

WHY WE LOVE CLAY

  • Mineral rich – clay is a naturally occurring material that is full of wonderful minerals that your skin will benefit from.

  • Absorbs excess oil from the skin – our skin produces a natural oil called sebum, and when our skin produces too much of this oil, it can cause breakouts and oily patches. Clay can help absorb some the excess oil which can help reduce the occurrence of breakouts.

  • Suitable for all skin types – any skin type will benefit from a clay mask, but they are particularly useful for those with oily skin.

  • Eliminates dirt and grime – the extracting powers of clay will draw out any impurities in the skin, leaving you with fresh, clean skin.

  • Removes dead skin cells – clays are exfoliating as well as absorbent, using clay on your skin will help remove the dead skin cells for soft, smooth skin.

  • Stimulates circulation to the face – clay masks stimulate blood flow to the face which helps revive complexion for bright, clear looking skin.

KAOLIN

Kaolin clay


Kaolin is a super gentle clay, perfect or those with more sensitive skin. It will gently exfoliate your skin, remove impurities and dead skin cells helping to reduce blemishes and breakouts. A very popular choice for face masks thanks to its delicate effects on the skin.

RHASSOUL

Rhassoul Clay


Found in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Rhassoul Clay is perfectly suited to those with oily skin. It has excellent absorbency and astringency powers helping to eliminate excess oil production and prevent breakouts.



FULLERS EARTH

Fullers earth (bentonite clay)


Fullers Earth, also known as Calcium Bentonite, this naturally mineral rich clay is gentle yet super absorbent. Suited to all skin types, it draws out impurities from the skin leaving it feeling clean and fresh. It's so gentle, it's frequently used to help prevent nappy rash for babies.

SUPER EASY FACE MASK RECIPE


Kaolin is a super gentle clay, perfect or those with more sensitive skin. It will gently exfoliate your skin, remove impurities and dead skin cells helping to reduce blemishes and breakouts. 


Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until you have a lovely smooth paste. The amount of water you use defines how thick the clay mask is. For a thinner mask, add more water, for a thicker mask add less water. Top tip - add small amounts of water at a time until you reach the consistency you want.

  • 2 tablespoons of Kaolin Clay
  • 25ml Lavender Floral Water

  • 5 drops of Organic Raspberry Seed Oil

TOP TIPS FOR APPLYING CLAY MASKS


Use a brush to apply your mask, it’s easier and cleaner, and you don’t get clay all over your hands. 


Don’t let your mask fully dry out. This is where the mask will start to draw out moisture from your skin, which can leave it dry and itchy, which is definitely not the result you’re looking for! 


The point at which you should remove the mask is when it starts changing colour but is still sticky. Never let it get all cracked and dry. 


If you want to keep the mask on for longer, keep a water spritzer handy and simply spray your face every time you feel like the mask is getting too dry. 


A warm flannel or wash cloth can help you remove the mask rather than just rinsing, or you could just go in the shower and then the running water will do all the work for you! 


You can finish off your pamper session by moisturising your skin with your normal moisturiser or why not try using a lovely fast absorbing oil like Organic Rosehip to complete your routine? 


It’s well worth adding a clay mask once or twice a week to your skin care regime. If you’ve never made one before, why not try using our Make Your Own Clay Mask Kit, which has all the ingredients and instructions to make 3 different clay masks. Try it out, you won’t regret it!

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