I thought I would dedicate this short blog post to just cosmetic clays. I feel that the use of clays in homemade cosmetics require a separate mentioning.
Clays have been used for centuries for cosmetic use, and are present in almost all traditional beauty regimens. They exfoliate, clean and invigorate the skin while improving blood circulation. Clay has the ability to absorb excess oils, dirt and harmful toxins from the skin. Clays can be used in facials, body powders, soaps, and as a natural colorant for soap, lotions, creams, bath salts and more.
Cosmetic clays are made up of different mineral contents and each clay type has a different effect on the skin. The high mineral content of clay rejuvenates the skin while the clay exfoliates and stimulates blood circulation to the skin. 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. Each clay has the ability to absorb toxins from the skin but they differ in their level of absorption.
REMEMBER: clay is very purifying and some of the clay types help tremendously to remove excess oil from the skin (see clay types below). I highly recommend a weekly home clay mask as a part of your skin regiment.
Make sure that if you apply clay masks you do not overdry skin. Follow with light moisturizer of necessary. In my case of the combination skin, I do not apply moisturizer to T-zone after a clay mask, but rather to the rest of the skin which tends to be dry otherwise.
This is how to perform clay facial:
Choose the right clay for your skin type (see below). Add plain water or floral waters or try wetting agents such as fruit purees . Make a thick paste of the clay. Apply the mask to your skin and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Repeat weekly.
This looks like this:
Below are a few cosmetic clays and their properties:
Rose Clay is mild kaolin clay that can be used on normal to dry skin to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin while improving the skin's circulation. Rose Clay is tinted with iron oxides and gives a beautiful pink color to soaps and powders.
White Kaolin Clay also known as China or White Clay, is basically kaolinite and is the mildest of all clays. White Kaolin Clay is suitable for sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. White Kaolin Clay does not draw oils from the skin and can be used on dry skin types.
French Green Clay consists mostly of montmorillonite and is highly efficient at drawing oils and toxins from the skin. French Green Clay is rich in important minerals and phyto-nutrients and is the most commonly used therapeutic clay. Use it for facials for oily skin, and body wraps. This clay is not recommended for dry or sensitive skin.
Yellow Kaolin Clay is mild clay making it suitable for sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. Yellow Kaolin Clay does not draw oils from the skin excessively and can therefore be used on most dry skin types. It can be used in soap and body powders. This clay is suitable for dry, sensitive or normal skin types.
I hope you are enjoying making all these home-made cosmetic concoctions and saving huge amount of money in the process as much as I do. Please go back to blog posts on "Homemade cosmetics" and "Fighting cellulite" for much, much more.