Clay is a naturally occurring substance that is mineral rich and can be found in soil, sediment and volcanic ash.
They have been used for centuries as part of beauty regimes to improve the health of skin.
Clay masks are a completely natural way to cleanse, purify and exfoliate the skin without harsh chemicals or irritants.
Clay has the ability to quickly pull dirt and bacteria from the pores and absorbs excess oil, preventing breakouts and leaving skin looking healthy, revitalised and beautifully soft.
The slight gritty texture of clay when hydrated gently exfoliates and polishes dead skin cells leaving skin silky smooth. It detoxifies, refreshes and nourishes the skin.
Fuller’s Earth - for its excellent absorption properties making it perfect for oily skin types by soaking up the excess oil. It is also believed that Fuller’s Earth may have skin lightening effects, so is a popular choice for reducing the appearance of dark spots, however this is not clinically proven.
Clay masks are very easy and simple to use.
All you need is -
- Your chosen clay
- A non-metallic bowl and spoon
- Purified water or floral water (my favourite being rose for its anti-inflammatroy properties, reducing skin redness and puffiness)
- a flat bristle mask brush or foundation brush (optional as fingers will work too)
- Mix a couple of teaspoons of clay with equal parts of floral water to form a paste.
- Apply to the skin using your finger tips or flat brush, avoiding the areas around the eyes and nostrils.
- Allow to set for around 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. A Konjac sponge or soft face cloth can be used.