Types of Clay Used in Homemade Face Masks

Clay masks are the perfect formula for keeping skin healthy.

They have many wonderful properties for all skin types.

The many clays available have been dried and ionised by the sun, and are extremely beneficial for the skin.


Below are some different clays you can use in your homemade face masks.

Bentonite Clay

This clay is referred to as Montmorillonite. It is of volcanic origin and is rich in magnesium.

Bentonite is great clay to use in your homemade face masks, it is a very fine clay and has a powerful, healing and drawing action upon the skin.

Bentonite is unique in its structure, once it becomes hydrated its electrical and molecular components change and produce electrical charges, causing it to swell and become like a porous open sponge.

This structure allows it to soak up bacteria and debris from the follicle wall, through an electrical attraction.

French Pink Clay

This is a really lovely ingredient for a sensitive skin, which you can use in your homemade face masks.

It is a mixture of both White and Red Clay and is extremely mild and calming, helping to soothe skin irritation.

French clay is made up of an unusual unique composition, which includes, Calcite, Iron, Illite and Montmorillonite

Red Clay

This clay is great for normal skin and the fact that it is high in essential Minerals and Iron, means it is great as a regenerative, replenishing product.

Yellow Clay

This is a gently exfoliating and stimulating Clay that is ideal for an oily combination skin, due to its gentle drawing action.

Green Clay

This is often referred to as French Green Clay, this is because originally it was only sourced in France, today it can be sourced all over the world.

Green clay is a very popular clay to use in your homemade face masks and for good reason, it is extremely rich in the following minerals:

  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Silica
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Silicon
  • Selenium

It is great clay for an oily skin.

If you are looking to create homemade face masks for acne, this is a really great ingredient to use.

You will need to watch quantities though, as too much of this potent ingredient can have an adverse effect on the skin and may be too astringent, possibly causing irritation.

White Clay

This is often referred to as Kaolin.

It is another clay that is mineral rich, as it contains Calcium, Silica, Magnesium and Zinc.

It is very fine clay that has both drying and disinfectant qualities and it has natural absorbent properties, so it is great for an oily acne skin.

It is a very mild clay and is used in many cosmetic preparations, from masks to deodorants, soaps and scrubs.

Fuller’s Earth

This is naturally occurring clay, made from Magnesia, Silica, Iron Oxides, Lime and Water.

It is one of the strongest most powerful clay available, drawing impurities from the skin’s pores.

It is unique in the fact that it has a bleaching effect on the skin, which is why it is sometimes marketed as a skin bleaching clay.

 If you are keen to dive in and get started making some simple homemade face masks,

Then you may find the article a lesson on clay face mask useful.

11 thoughts on “Types of Clay Used in Homemade Face Masks

  1. malika says:

    Hi. Thank you for such a detailed article. In Morocco we use Rhassoul clay which I think comes in red white and green types.

    As well as face masks it is also used as a natural shampoo/hair cleanser.


  2. Courtney says:

    I am looking to make my own homemade face masks to sell in my beauty business, however after testing my first mask (using kaolin, white chocolate, pistachios, water and essential oils) i very quickly realized that the mixture did not last long at all. I’m am very grateful to have come across your blogs and have learnt a great deal from reading so thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us! As I would like to make masks for clients to take home and reuse would you suggest i purchase a preservative for the clay (if so how long would they last) or do you suggest I make my masks with a different formula?? I would like to include dried fruits and more organic ingredients but not entirely sure what to add. Would really appreciate the help. Thank you in advance, Courtney.

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