Clay Skincare

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The first step, is to know your specific skin type. Once you have an understanding of this, you will be able to choose and use our natural recipes to your advantage, creating your own special skincare programme.

By now you have probably realized that sourcing your skin products from easy to find, raw ingredients will benefit your skin far more than using over the counter synthetic counterparts.

Clay Cleans, Feeds and Heals the Skin

Clay is one of the more versatile skin care ingredients.  Clay can be used as:

  • A Cleanser – Clay detoxifies the skin by eliminating dirt from as deep as beneath the epidermis of the skin.
  • A nourisher – Clay feeds the skin by providing healing trace elements.
  • A toner – Clay is an astringent similar to that of lemon juice.
  • It has therapeutic properties – Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain reliever).

The Types of Clay for Skin Care

Clay is created with the slow erosion of granite. Therefore not all clay is the same. All clay contain minerals such as Oxide, salts, calcium and other trace elements. All these properties will alter the colour and therapeutic properties in the different clays.

There are three main types of clay used for skin

1.       White Clay (Kaolin),

  • Rich in Silica and magnesium.
  • This Clay is has a neutral PH.
  • It is good at absorbing impurities and replacing minerals.
  • White clay mask benefits are vast and can be used on all skin types, but especially good on dry skin. Clay mask for dry skin recipe. (coming*)

2.       Green Clay (Montmorillonite)

  • Rich in Silica, manganese, potassium, aluminium and Iron Oxide.
  • This type of clay is more drying than white clay.
  • Suitable for Acne, Seborrhoea, Eczema and damaged skin.

3.       Red Clay ( Montmorilonite, illite or Attapulgite)

  • Similar properties to green clay.
  • Red colour is due to high concentrations of Iron Oxide.

When Buying Clay

Clay is available in four forms, namely: 

  1. Readymade clay masks that are ridiculously expensive.
  2. Buy it in powder form. This is easy to use and mixes easily with other ingredients.
  3. Clay sold in small lumps. This takes a bit more effort to mix.
  4. Clay sold as a paste which is ready to use. This form of clay is more expensive and will also limit the types of masks you can create.

Making your own Clay Masks

  • 2 – 3 tbsp of Clay can be covered with mineral water/Bottled water (tap water contains chlorine and should therefore not be used). Cover so that the water is 5mm above the clay. 
  • Leave the Clay to stand for at least 30 minutes without stirring.
  • When all the water has been absorbed the other ingredients of your specific mask can be added to the Clay. 
  • The mixture should be an easy to apply paste. 
  • Any oils should be added to the dry clay before soaking. Sometimes extra liquids are not necessary. Choosing aromatherapy oils for your specific skin type. 
  • Vegetable juices or hydrolats can be used instead of water for soaking. 
  • Clay powder or potato four can be used as a thickener if needed. 

DIY Clay skincare masks should be used once or twice a week for the best possible results.

Benefits of DIY Clay Mask for Face

    There are too many benefits to mention here, but the Clay masks are mainly known for:
  • Their ability to absorb excess oils from the skin.
  • Their ability to absorb harmful toxins from the skin.
  • Clay has the ability to exfoliate the skin.
  • Clay can improve blood circulation in the skin.
  • Clay rejuvenates and gives the skin a healthy glow.
  • Clay feeds the skin and has therapeutic properties. The benefits of clay mask for acne applications are well known. More mentioned above.

Clay Mask Recipes for Oily, Dry, and Combination Skin

More videos by DecorateYou here. 


Most metals will oxidise when in contact with clay, fruits and/or vegetables, so you will need to avoid using metal mixing equipment when using these ingredients. The only time that metal can be used, is when placed in a processor or liquidizer. 

Other pages on remedies for skin in connection with making your own clay mask 

Clay skincare page Resource:

  • Natural recipes for perfect skin - Masks and lotions

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