Since the times of Queen Nefertiti, clay has been considered an important medicinal and cosmetic tool. Today, clay is becoming increasingly popular in skincare, thanks to its richly nourishing minerals and variety of benefits.
While clays can be used in a multitude of ways, they are most commonly utilized in face masks. Read on to find out more about clay masks and how they can give you the best skin you’ve ever had.
Types of clay
Cosmetic clays come in a variety of colors, depending on their mineral content. All of them differ in texture and have different properties. Here are some of the most popular ones, and their benefits:
Kaolin Clay – Kaolin, or China Clay, is one of the most widely used clays when it comes to masks. Gentle enough for sensitive skin, kaolin will deeply cleanse your skin and stimulate circulation. This clay is a great one to use for a brightening treat before a big event.
Bentonite clay – This clay is often used to treat mineral deficiencies and detoxify the body; making it an excellent exfoliant. Bentonite clay also has the ability to draw out impurities from the skin which makes it perfect for treating and preventing acne.
Green clay – Also known as French Green Clay, this clay absorbs excess sebum and is fantastic for those with oily skin. While stimulating blood circulation and removing dead skin cells, it also softens your skin texture and tightens pores.
Red Clay – Red clay has hydrating and healing properties, which makes it great for dry, flaky or mature skin. It is also effective at reducing sensitivity and improving the skin’s texture and elasticity, making it great for treating skin conditions like sunburn, eczema and psoriasis.
How to Apply Your Clay Mask
Apply the mask to your cheeks, nose, forehead and chin, avoiding the lips and the delicate skin around the eyes. We recommend using a brush or your fingers to apply the mask, but try to avoid rubbing it too much.
Always follow the directions on the mask, as leaving some masks on for too long can actually draw out the moisture and nutrients that you have just applied, and leave you with dehydrated skin.
Want to try a clay mask? BasharaCare recommends the following:
Lierac Masks – No matter what your skin type, or concern, these French skincare masterminds have you covered. They combine clays like green clay and kaolin with ingredients that will nourish, purify, soothe and treat your skin. The following are 3 different types of Lierac Clay Masks:
In addition to the other effective types of Clay Masks:
Dr. Dennis Gross Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask – Acne-busting colloidal sulfur combines with detoxifying bentonite clay to absorb excess oil and treat large pores, blackheads and breakouts. Soothing ingredients like prickly pear calm the skin, which means you can even wear this mask overnight.
Eve Lom Rescue Mask – Celebs and beauty editors around the world love this mask for its quick results. Cleansing kaolin clay, decongesting camphor, and moisturizing honey will have even the most stressed out skin ready for the red carpet.
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask – Say hello to glowing, healthy, balanced skin with this mask. Witch hazel calms, while natural clay deep clarifies and heals. Regular use of this mask will actually encourage your skin to renew itself, keeping your skin soft and beautiful.
– Rebecca Harisson