The Benefits of Cosmetic Clays in Personal Care Products
Clays have been used for centuries as a natural agent to help beautify the skin. Clays have the ability to absorb excess oils, dirt and harmful toxins from the skin. Powdered clay is used as the basis for the facial masks and body masks offered by spas. The benefits are enhanced when powdered herbs and nutritives are included in the facial mask recipe. Applying facial masks in a gentle circular motion exfoliates, cleans and invigorates the skin while improving blood circulation. Powdered clays can also be found in a variety of other natural skin care products. Because powdered clays are gently exfoliating, they can be found in natural scrubs. They can enhance the lathering capabilities of natural vegetable soaps, and clay is often used in bars formulated for specific skin types.
Clays come from various regions of the world but some are preferred in skin care for their unique properties. The mineral content and physical structure of each clay determines the effect it has on the skin. Most clays have the ability to absorb toxins and excess oils from the skin, but each clay differs in its specific level of absorption. Regular use of clay facials will remove dead skin cells, improve circulation to the skin, remove debris from the pores and bring about a smooth, healthy glow.
Clays Suitable for Dry, Sensitive or Normal Skin:
- Pink Kaolin
- White Kaolin
- Yellow Kaolin
- Rose Clay
Clays Suitable for Oily Skin:
- French Green
- Green Illite
- Red Kaolin
- Blue Montmorillonite
- Red Montmorillonite
- Moroccan Red
- Multani Mitti (Indian Fullers Earth)
Clays Suitable for All Skin Types:
- Sea Clays
- Dead Sea (best defined as a dried mud, but sometimes referred to as a clay)
Tip: When purchasing products that contain clays, be sure to purchase products that include cosmetic or medicinal grade clays. Technical grade clays often have dangerously high content levels of lead and should be avoided.
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