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.
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? Which ones do you like?