Likely, you’ve already been put on to bentonite clay, but this isn’t the only one that can offer your skin a beautiful clear complexion. For the past few years, I have been using a combination of clays in my masks to keep my acne at bay and to fade away hideous acne scars.
These clays can be found just about anywhere online and can be mixed just as you would any other clay mask. So what are the four clays that I’m talking about? Let’s start the list.
Just as the name suggests, this clay derives from Morocco. It’s mined from deep deposits within the Atlas Mountains, making this a mineral-rich clay. It got its name Rhassoul from the Arabic word “Rhassala”, which means washing. Like bentonite clay, it is able to purify your skin of toxins, while at the same time offering skin-nourishing benefits.
This stuff has been used for 14 centuries as a skin detoxifier, conditioner and facial mask. What I like about this clay is that it has benefits that makes it superior to other clays. For instance, it has the highest content of magnesium, calcium, silica and potassium — not to mention it’s spectacular absorption abilities.
According to studies, Moroccan Rhassoul Clay can improve your skin’s elasticity and clarity and unblock pores and remove blackheads. Here’s a list of the overall benefits this clay offers:
Reduces dryness and flakiness
Improves texture of your skin
Makes your skin more elastic and firm
Removes dead skin layers, making it smoother
Removes oil buildup from inside and around comedons
Second on the list is Kaolin clay, which is a white clay that comes from China. It is my go-to clay for acne and oily skin. You may find it as an ingredient in skincare products and masks. Here is a quick look at the benefits it offers:
Boosts blood circulation
Acts as a deep cleanser, opening up pores and refining the structure of your skin
Clears away blackheads, pimples and acne
Ideal for oily, dry and combination skin
Consists of essential nutrients and phytonutrients needed for healthy skin
Yes, we’re going all around the world to collect wonderful clays. But contrary to what this clay is named, it can be found in a variety of locations, including China, Europe and even Montana and Wyoming.
It’s best known for its detoxifying benefits. It is made up of various minerals, including zinc, manganese, dolomite, copper, calcium, phosphorous, silica and magnesium. This clay is green, which comes from its iron oxide content and it being made up of decomposed plant matter.
Here’s an overview of the benefits of French green clay:
It acts like a magnet, pulling out impurities from the skin.
It exfoliates the skin of dead cells, leaving the pores tightened.
It helps your oil glands perform optimally.
It aids in boosting your blood circulation.
Excellent for oily, acneic or clogged skin, since it absorbs oils and clarifies the skin, but can be used by normal skin as well. This clay can also be used to heal sores, bruises, skin problems, sunburn, wounds, burns and bacterial infections.