Clay masks withdraw excess oil and pollutants from our faces.
Even if it’s very cold where you live and your skin is chapped and dry, a soothing clay mask will be beneficial, especially if you mix the clay with a moisturising vegetable oil base.
Making clay masks is easy. Finding the clay is another matter. Many health food/whole food stores do stock various types of clay. First, you’ll need to know about what the different types of clay contain and the sort you need for your skin type.
Superfine white clay : Also known as kaolin as it was discovered on Mount Kaolin and later brought to Europe in the 18th century.
This clay is able to balance the skin’s sebum activity. For those unfamiliar with clay masks, this is the one that’s recommended the most. White kaolin is also suitable for children and adults with sensitive skin.
Premium green clay: Heavy with volcanic matter, decomposed plant substances and minerals. Very cleansing. Only recommended for oily skins or a normal/oily skin combination.
Moroccan Rhassoul: Contains iron and is used by those who have an oily complexion. Men with tough skin might want to give this a try.
To combine the clay you’ll need various types of liquids, depending upon your skin type. Here’s a general guide:
Dry/Sensitive Skin: Heavy cream, honey or vegetable oils such as sesame, grape-seed, sweet almond, jojoba or olive.
Normal Skin: A light vegetable oil such as grape seed or sweet almond. Whole milk is recommended, as are flower waters such as rose or orange. Only use one liquid at a time!
Oily Skin: Distilled or spring water, witch hazel, flower waters.
Before you make your clay mask, clean your face thoroughly as this will allow the clay to really do its job much more effectively. Some experts recommend steaming/massaging your face before applying the clay mask.