The different types of clays in cosmetics
Used since ancient times by many cultures throughout the world, the clay has properties widely used in modern cosmetology. Available in “ready” by various distributors, it can also be found in natural form, powder to use in your own recipes for masks.
In fact, clay is the basis for many treatments: masks, wraps, poultices … We can combine essential oils for a more targeted action but watch, observe precise dosages, some essential oils are for use with precautions depending on your skin type.
Clay is a sedimentary rock soft and very rich in minerals and whose properties depend on its origin and color.
There are several types of clays:
The Red Clay: Rich in iron and trace elements. Which improves micro-circulation and gives brightness to dull and fuzzy?
The green clay: rich in magnesium, silica, aluminum and lime. It is purifying, anti-inflammatory, absorbent and adsorbent. It is recommended for seborrhea skin and greasy hair. It is also used in the composition of certain “flat stomach” because of its power of absorption and adsorption of intestinal gas.
The white or gray clay: kaolinite yet named. It is rich in silica, which is purifying and healing. It is suitable for all skin types but especially dry and irritated skin.
The pink clay: a mixture of red clay and white clay used on sensitive and irritated skin.
The yellow clay: rich in manganese used on mature skin and brittle hair.
Recipes for masks with clay:
- Green clay and honey: Take one teaspoon of green clay and mix it with the same amount of honey to mask effective in removing excess sebum responsible for acne. Apply this paste on your face, let dry 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Repeat this twice a week.
- Green clay and aloe Vera: Prepare mashed papaya, peeled, add 4 tablespoons of green clay powder and a tablespoon and a half of aloe Vera gel and mix well together. Apply the facial mask on your face and neck. Let stand 20 minutes then rinse with cold water.