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.
Homemade face masks
Below is some different clays you can use in your homemade face masks.
This clay is also referred to as “Montmorillonite“, after the town in France where it was first discovered. It is of volcanic origin and is rich in magnesium.
Bentonite is a great clay to use in your homemade face masks, it is very fine and has 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. This causes 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 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 and unique composition, which includes Calcite, Iron, Illite, and Montmorillonite
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.
This is a gently exfoliating and stimulating clay that is ideal for oily-combination skin, due to its gentle drawing action.
This is often referred to as “French” Green Clay because originally it was only sourced in France. Today, it can be sourced from 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:
It is a great clay for 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 maybe too astringent, possibly causing irritation.
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 and has both drying and disinfectant qualities, as well as natural absorbent properties. This makes it great for oily acne skin.
It is also a very mild clay and is used in many cosmetic preparations, from masks to deodorants, soaps, and scrubs.
This is a naturally-occurring clay made from Magnesia, Silica, Iron Oxides, Lime, and Water, it is one of the strongest, most powerful clays 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 learn the science behind clay homemade face masks, then you may find this article useful.