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:
Readymade clay masks that are ridiculously expensive.
Buy it in powder form. This is easy to use and mixes easily with other ingredients.
Clay sold in small lumps. This takes a bit more effort to mix.
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.
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.