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Know Your Clay

by Megan Schwarz | March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments



The clay mask. We love them, we use them, but with the abundance of choices, how do we know which clay is right for our skin? Each has unique properties that make it more or less beneficial for a particular skin type. For example, French Green Clay is beautiful for oily, troubled skin, but disastrous for dry skin. 

Let’s delve deeper:

Kaolin Clay
The most versatile, widely used clay, Kaolin Clay has a soft, fluffy appearance that blends particularly well with water. It adds a nice slip to products, which may explain why it pops up in everything from clay masks to cleansers. It gently exfoliates, cleanses, and stimulates the skin, but is not particularly effective at drawing oil from pores. This makes Kaolin Clay wonderful for dry, sensitive, aging skin types, but not so helpful for those seeking to eliminate oil or combat blemishes.

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French Pink Clay
This gorgeous, rosy clay gently, but effectively purifies even the most sensitive skin. It successfully draws surface toxins from the skin, without over drying it. Additionally, it softens, plumps, and refreshes the skin and with consistent use, helps to minimize pores. It is ideal for skin that is easily irritated or prone to redness.

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Moroccan Rhassoul Clay
This mineral-rich, versatile clay is mined deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco. It contains a high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, which help to nourish and heal the skin. Additionally, Rhassoul Clay is known to reduce dryness and flakiness by regulating skin’s natural oil balance, while improving skin’s elasticity, firmness and texture. It is perfect for almost all skin types, but especially dry skin types.

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Fuller’s Earth Clay
This fascinating clay has intense drawing properties, which may explain why it has found its way into a number of industrial settings. In fact, it was originally used by textile workers, or “Fullers” to remove oil from sheep’s wool. These enormous drawing capabilities make Fuller’s Earth Clay particularly beneficial for oily and acne prone skin types. However, those with dry, sensitive skin might find it a bit too stimulating.

French Green Clay
Like Fuller’s Earth Clay, French Green Clay has tremendous absorbent powers. It easily and effectively draws oils, toxins, and impurities from deep within pores. You may actually feel a slight tingling sensation when using this clay. This stimulating action brings blood to the face resulting in a more refreshed, revitalized, toned appearance. French Green Clay is perfect for troubled skin types in need of deep detoxification!

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Please note that many of these masks contain multiple clay types; this post is simply meant to highlight the unique properties present in different clays!

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