The study of nature has always intrigued man leaving him baffled by the humungous produce it has to offer in the purest and simplest of forms. Today, people have become aware of the benefits of herbs, sunshine, fresh fruits and vegetables, clean air and a lot more that the Earth offers and have adopted a better and natural lifestyle. The most basic of them, the Earth itself, is no hidden secret. Clay has been known to possess medicinal and healing properties since the ancient times. It has been used since centuries for cosmetic purposes and is the basic ingredient in all the beauty regimens, traditional or modern.
Clay is believed to posses extraordinary absorption powers that make it capable of gently removing the grim, dirt and oil particles that get stuck in the pores and result in a breakout. While clay has exfoliating and cleansing properties, it should be taken into account that not all clay types are suitable for different skin types. There are several types of clay and depending upon the general characteristics of the skin, they should be applied.
The following types of clay are in use today to make effective DIY clay facials:
- Bentonite Clay: This clay is obtained from the vast volcanic deposits that sediment naturally. It is available in huge quantities in Wyoming and Montana. Believed to be one of the most effective and healing clays, Bentonite clay has the capability of exfoliating and removing toxins from the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in removing the irritation and redness of the skin. This clay type is ideal for oily and acne prone skin. It can be used as a mud pack, hair mask and can also be used for the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections.
- Kaolin Clay: This type of clay is one of the oldest to be used. Its extremely fine and porous nature makes it suitable to be used in sculpture making and also as a paper gloss. Its high absorbent characteristics make it one of the most commonly used ingredients in personal hygiene products such as soap and scrub. This type of clay is used for dry and highly sensitive skin types.
- Rhassoul clay: This type of clay is an exquisite Spa quality clay. Unearthed from the deposits of Morocco, this clay is rich in mineral and has been used since ages as a conditioner, soap and shampoo. It has wonderful astringent properties due to the presence of trace minerals such as silica, magnesium, iron, calcium, etc. This clay type is used a scrubber and can be used for gently exfoliating blackheads from the skin pores.
- French Green Clay: French Clay or sea clay is the most commonly used cosmetic clay as it can be used for oily to normal skin types. It has rejuvenating and healing qualities that are used in acne treatment for giving the skin a natural and beautiful glow. The green color of this clay type is due to the presence of iron ores and plant matter.
Try these amazing clay facials and get a fresh, glowing and healthy skin. There is no better way to get great skin without paying for expensive facial masks.