Clay masks have been a staple of my skincare regimen over the past five years. After becoming a vegan on the alkaline diet, I was able to finally balance out my oily skin and stop breakouts. But before then, clay masks helped to quickly clear up my skin from my frequent flare-ups. With continued use, I was able to keep a handle on my breakouts as well.

I love to use a variety of clays for my skin and I found that a combination works best for me. But if you are still looking for the perfect one or blend for your facials, then you should get to know the different types and which skin types they are best for. Hopefully, you’ll find this quick guide helpful!

Bentonite Clay

This is by far the most popular clay that people use. Sometimes, I think that it’s the only one people know! It is an awesome clay, I can’t deny, especially since it has amazing skin benefits like drawing out toxins, improving circulation, exfoliating and toning and tightening your pores. It’s a great way to combat acne and signs of aging.

However, the type of skin it’s best for are those who suffer from oily, acne-prone skin and less-than-perfect complexions. Those who have sensitive skin are advised to use a thin layer of bentonite clay.

If you suffer from oily, acne-prone skin, try mixing equal parts of the clay (1 TB of clay and water) with tea tree essential oil.

Kaolin Clay

This is one of my favorites to use in my masks. As with all clays, it has excellent absorbent abilities, which help to get rid of impurities in your skin.

It’s commonly used in scrubs, soaps and even deodorants. Out of all the clays, this is one of the most gentle, making it ideal for those who have sensitive skin.

It doesn’t over-dry your skin like other clays tend to do, and it gently helps to stimulate circulation in your face. It’s also great for those who have acne-prone skin, dry skin, inflammation and excess skin or scars that need exfoliation.

You can mix your clay with herbs like rose and lavender to help give your sensitive, dry skin a calming sensation. To help with brightening the skin and exfoliation, you can add papaya.

 

French Clay

This is also known as sea clay. It’s well-known for it’s ability to help clear away acne. It’s used in a variety of skincare products for this purpose.

Although it isn’t as powerful as bentonite clay, it still can do a whole lot of good for normal to oily skin. It’s also great for rejuvenation, pore tightening and healing.

So if you have dry skin, you may want to avoid using this clay. French clay is green because it is made up of high amounts of decomposed plant matter. When you purchase it, make sure it’s green. If it isn’t, then it may be a low quality product that has artificial fillers.

You can use this clay for acne spot treatments, nourishing your skin, gentle exfoliation, absorbing excess oil and pulling out toxins and bacteria. It’s also pretty good for making blackheads easier to remove by pulling them to the surface before doing a salt scrub. I love this stuff because it leaves my skin with a nice glow.

Some essential oils you can mix with your clay include tea tree oil and eucalyptus. Mixing the clay with rosewater is also a good option.

Moroccan Clay

By far, this is my go-to clay for acne, because it’s known to be the most effective. It also helps to get rid of blackheads and clear up your complexion. It has been used for centuries in shampoos, skin conditioners and soaps. It is very absorbent in nature and helps to exfoliate your skin, leaving it smooth and bright. This stuff is luxury spa quality!

It also helps to shrink your pores, remove oils, smooth your skin, improve elasticity and adds firmness to your skin. If you suffer from dryness, it also helps to reduce that. Of course, it also exfoliates and removes dead skin cells and toxins.

You can mix your clay mask with rose water and rose essential oil, along with others you find nourishing for your skin.

Blending together a facial mask

Depending on your skin ailments, you can easily come up with the perfect blend for your facial clay mask. Here are some examples:

Oily skin: Mix together bentonite, moroccan and French clay.
Blackheads: Mix together Moroccan and French clay.
Dry skin: Mix together Moroccan and Kaolin clay.
Large pores: Mix bentonite and Moroccan clay.
Acne and spot treatment: Mix bentonite, kaolin and French clay
Aging skin/acne scars: Mix bentonite, Moroccan and kaolin clay.

I’ve had great success with all of these clays, which I now like to mix with activated charcoal (bamboo or plantain). Do you currently use clays? Here’s our 4 Clays You Should Be Using for Acne, Scars And As Anti-Aging Agents. Which ones do you like?

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