Clays used as masks have the ability to absorb toxins from the skin by drawing them to the surface and then adhering them to the clay itself, the clay is then removed from the skin by washing, taking the toxins right along with it. Toxins that can be absorbed by clay masks include chemicals, free radicals and also heavy metals.
There are many kinds of clays and they all work differently according to their individual mineral compositions. Some clays suit oilier skin types because they will draw moisture from the skin leaving it smooth and soft while other clays suit dryer skin types because they do not absorb so much moisture leaving the skin firmer and hydrated.
Clays are best bought in their dry form so they can be kept over a period of time without losing their potency. They are mixed using a 50/50 ratio either with filtered or bottled water or preferably a hydrosol. Tap water is not recommended as it contains chemicals.
- Green Clay: This is the strongest of all clays and a great mask for detoxifying and cleansing the skin. Ideal for all skin types but particularly beneficial for acne-prone and oily skin.
It has a high percentage of trace elements and has an intense drawing effect on toxins in the skin. Also good for exfoliating and purifying the skin while stimulating sluggish circulation.
- White Clay: White clay is one of the gentlest clays for the face as it has a very mild, nurturing ability making it ideal for sensitive, elderly and combination skin types. A nourishing clay that makes the skin soft, smooth and enriched with minerals.
- Pink Clay: Pink clay is great for balancing the most stressed and sensitive of skins, it will hydrate the skin and help refine delicate lines, moisturise and improve the overall texture of the skin. It’s perfect for balancing stressed skin and excellent for treating capillaries/ thread veins. Provides a youthful appearance with ultimate hydration and skin firmness making it perfect for all skin types.
- Yellow Clay:This wonderfully mild clay has similar properties to green clay, but is much gentler so is suitable for mature, dry and dehydrated skin. Yellow clay helps with tissue repair and will clean your skin, tone and strengthen connective tissues, stimulate blood circulation, draw out toxins and deeply nourish your skin.
Clays used as masks deliver high amounts of nutrients quickly to the epidermis leaving the skin nourished, cleansed and revitalised. They do this because the mask is applied thickly, much more thickly than normal moisturiser, and then the skins temperature rises, opening the pores slightly and allowing toxins to escape and the nutrients from the minerals to enter the skin easily. When the mask has dried, usually about twenty minutes after application, it can then be removed with warm water and the skin toned and moisturised.
The addition of further botanical extracts greatly enhances a clay masks benefits to the skin, delivering antioxidants and many more nutrients directly through the skins layers.
Substances such as wheatgrass, spirulina, ginseng and cucumber extract all have unique skin nurturing abilities that when combined with clay deliver vitamin packed formulations that your skin will love.
Clays are a very economical way to nurture your skin when you consider all the benefits they give and should be a weekly part of your beauty routine.