Clays are amazing Earth treasures that have been used for ages to clarify and beautify skin and hair, as well as for relief from digestive ailments.
There are many different types of clays, with varied mineral composition and origin: Green, White, Red, Pink, Yellow, Grey, Purple...
The color depends on the naturally occuring oxides, such as iron oxides, plant, sea and other organic materials.
These versatile powders are rich in minerals and have the ability to draw impurities, dirt and bacteria from the skin’s surface.
Clays also absorb excess oil from the skin – a wonderful solution for oily skin types.
Clays absorb moisture too, so if you have a very dry and sensitive skin you can still use clays, but the most suitable choice will be one of the mildest, softest and finest types of clay.
Let’s take a look at some of these wonderful powders:
White Clay -
the most gentle clay, contains Kaolin – a silica-based clay mineral that has a very soothing and softening effect. It does not overdry the skin and so is suitable for dry and sensitive skins.
Green Clay -
very rich in minerals, good for oily, acne-prone skin, blemishes and impurities. Purifies and balances the skin tissue.
Red Clay -
rich in iron oxides and trace elements, great to stimulate the blood circulation and “awaken” the skin. Purifies, stimulates and brightens dull complexions.
Yellow Clay -
contains less iron oxides, and is gentle. Good for combination, mature skin that needs revitalisation.
Pink Clay -
contains a little iron oxide and also Kaolin , so it’s gentle to the skin, and has a restoring effect. It gives a glow and radiance to all skin types and is suitable for dry, sensitive and mature skin.
Violet Clay -
combination of white clay with a natural pigment (ocher). It is rich in silicic acids and is a very soft clay, suitable for dry, sensitive, delicate and dull skin. It brightens the complexion and make it luminous.
Blue Clay -
a combination of white clay with natural pigments (ocher), that improves skin’s luminosity. Great for smokers or people who live in polluted areas.
Black Clay -
called Terra Black Clay, it has great absorbing and deep cleansing qualities, improves circulation and exfoliates dead skin cells. Suitable for all skin types.
Rhassoul Clay -
amazing silky soft natural mineral clay, mined from the caves in the Atlas mountains. Rhassoul has been used for centuries for its exceptional cleansing, as well as its moisturising and conditioning properties for skin and hair.
Bentonite Clay -
This clay is an aged volvanic ash, rich in minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potasium and silica. It has exceptional detoxifying properties, due to its ability to produce an electric charge when blended with water. Its a “swelling”, silky, deep cleansing and absorbing clay.
There are a lot more exciting clays, but these colourful Earth treasures are the most common in skincare rituals.
Skin Loving Clay Masks with NO preservatives inside!
The best way to use a Clay mask is to get it as it is - as powder!
Alone or mixed with other clays and other exciting ingredients, such as plant and berry powders, herbs, fruits, vegetables, plant extracts and flowers, super foods, gemstone powders, vitamins, minerals and essential oils, exfoliating particles and more goodness.
Have you ever tried a powder mask - the kind of mask you activate upon each application?
When you prepare a small portion you activate the precious ingredients just as you begin each application to the skin!
This means, that all the goodness in the mask is at maximum freshness and power!
Isn’t it amazing?!
This is the only way to apply a clay mask, packed with water loving ingredients, such as vitamin B3, MSM, vitamin C, silk peptides, oats and many more, without the need of preservatives!
Premade clay masks that contain water, aloe vera or hydrosols need a good preservation system - often more than one preservative - to avoid microbial growth inside.
And for those, who want completely to avoid the use of preservatives, then powder Clay masks are simply the best solution!!!
But do you know how exactly to use a Clay mask?
It’s fun, it’s a pure self care ritual and you can be creative! But you don’t exactly have to be in a “ritual” state of mind!
They do definitely fit in to a busy lifestyle too.
These types of masks can be mixed with water, hydrosols, organic yoghurt, milk or coconut milk or other amazing liquids, and even honey.
Always apply your premixed mask on a cleansed, slightly damp, face.
Do not let the mask dry completely on your face, since it will dry your skin out and irritate it.
If you blend the mask with water or hydrosol it will dry quite quickly. If you want to prolong the time, then spray with hydrosol, thermal water or your favourite skin tonic onto your masked face.
If you blend the mask with honey or yogurt you’ll enjoy the mask a little longer and will benefit from their moisturizing properties. I often use both to blend my masks with the wonderful skin digestive honey enzymes, yogurt’s moisturising lactic acid and probiotics.
I love powder masks! Because of the possibility to create your personal mask in different variations, depending on skin condition, mood and the time available.
At ESSENTIALS by Dianne J, we have 2 powder clay masks:
THE MOONSTONE MASK ?- a gentle, deep cleansing and balancing mask
THE ROSEQUARTZ MASK ?- a soft and delicate care for dry and lacklustre skin.
Both are packed with quality ingredients to make your skin clear, radiant and glowing!
You haven’t tried them yet? Well, it’s time to be creative and get clean, balanced and luminous skin!
Happy Masking, Lovely Ladies ??♀️♀