The use of Natural Clays dates back to ancient Mesopotamia where its use was first recorded on… you guessed it, clay tablets!
Ever since, civilisations from around the world have used different types of clays both inside and out to help the healing and detoxification process of the body.
There are endless types of clays that each have particular benefits depending on their mineral contents. In this post, we will focus on 4 types of clays that are often used in the beauty/skincare industry and talk you through how to use them and make them work for your skin type.
Kaolin Clay is commonly used in many face masks and beauty products as it is a great all-rounder and is readily available for a reasonable price. But don’t let that fool you, it remains one of the best clays to use for sensitive skin as it is very mild and has a very creamy consistency once turned into a paste. So if you have sensitive skin that is oily/blemish prone, White Kaolin Clay is the one for you!
Pink Kaolin Clay is another great clay to use if you have sensitive skin although it packs a bit more of a punch than White Kaolin Clay and therefore shouldn’t be used as often if your skin is very sensitive. It is a very absorbent, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory ingredient which can be used as a mask mixed with water (or floral water) and a drop of essential oil. It can also be added to homemade soaps, face cleansers and scrubs.
Rhassoul Clay, a traditional clay used in Morocco for centuries, has the unique ability to both nourish and purify as well as detoxify the skin thanks to its high mineral content. Like other clays, it is a very versatile clay which can be used in most cosmetic formulas. From face masks to soaps, shampoos, deodorants or scrubs, Rhassoul Clay helps gently exfoliate the skin leaving it purified and free of toxins and pollution. Rhassoul Clay is also often used as a hair mask or in place of your dry shampoo thanks to its purifying properties and oil absorbing properties.
Famous all over the world for its healing properties, Dead Sea Clay can be used in most cosmetic formulas. From face masks to soaps, shampoos, deodorants or scrubs, Dead Sea Clay helps gently exfoliates the skin leaving it purified and free of toxins and pollution. Dead Sea Clay has rejuvenating properties and is often used by those with skin conditions such as eczema or acne.
Weekly Reset White Clay & Honey Face Mask
Let us start by saying that after years of using this, this face mask is one of our all-time favourites! It is the perfect weekly reset your skin needs. White clay is so gentle on sensitive skin yet so purifying, you can use it every week (even several times a week if you have time). Honey, Lavender Essential Oil and Chamomile floral water are very anti-inflammatory and soothing which makes this the perfect combo!
Apply a thick layer on your face and neck, let it dry for 10 to 15 minute (until the mask hardens). Rinse using warm water and follow up with your usual skincare routine!
White Clay- 1 tbsp
Chamomile floral water– 5 teaspoons
Raw Honey– 1tsp
Lavender Essential Oil– 3 drops
Step 1. Mix the white clay with the honey
Step 2. Add the drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Step 3. Slowly add the Chamomile Floral Water one teaspoon at a time. You can add more or less depending on the mask consistency you prefer.
More recipes with our favourite clays coming very soon so stay tuned!
And as always, if you have any questions, please comment below. Oh and share the love!
The Spoiled Bee Team xx