For centuries, clay has been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes in many cultures. Nowadays, clay face masks are touted as one of the most effective treatments for skin problems, especially acne and pimples. However, clay masks also help to remove excess oil, grime and toxins from the skin while stimulating blood circulation to the skin and removing dead skin cells. This article details the benefits of a clay mask.
Types of clay
Certain types of clay such as Bentonite are taken internally to treat mineral deficiencies and detoxify the body. There are many different types of clay that can be used as facemasks and body masks.
Clay comes in a range of colours such as green, gray, red and white, and textures. The colour of the clay is dependent on the mineral content of the clay and the texture can range from coarse to fine and everything in between.
Bentonite clay mask
Bentonite clay is formed from volcanic ash sediments and is also known as Montmorillonite. It has more than 70 trace minerals. While the clay has been used to treat mineral deficiencies, Bentonite clay can also be used to treat numerous skin afflictions.
As a clay facial mask, it removes dirt and impurities from the skin while as an internal supplement, it removes toxins and heavy metals from the body. It also helps to treat health conditions such as gastric ulcers, digestive disorders, hemorrhoids and diarrhea.
Green clay mask
Green clay is also known as sea clay, illite clay and French green clay. It is extremely absorbent and is extremely good in removing impurities, toxins and oil from the skin. It acts as an exfoliator and removes dead skin cells, stimulates blood circulation to the skin, works like an astringent and improves complexion.
Besides containing organic plant matter, green clay also contains important trace minerals such as silica, calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium. In addition, it contains micro-nutrients that help to nourish the skin.
Green clay mask not only helps to improve the condition of the skin but it also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties making it effective in combating pain associated with arthritis and rheumatism.
How to make clay mask
Mix a small amount of the clay with water until it forms into a smooth paste.
Apply the clay mask on the face or body and allow it to stand for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the paste dries.
Rinse with lukewarm water and pat the face dry with a soft towel.
You can even add essential oils to the clay mask for better results.
For oily skin, add fresh lemon juice or vinegar to the clay while for acne-prone skin, add lavender oil or tea tree oil and lemon juice.