For most of us, the word ‘clay’ conjures up memories of art class at school. However, clay is also a valuable skin care ingredient. Clay has been used for beauty and health purposes for centuries, in fact, we now know that the earliest humans used clay to heal wounds and cleanse the skin. Rumor has it that even Cleopatra used a mask made of white clay to tone and brighten her complexion.
In the modern world, clay is traditionally used in face masks and cleansers. The texture of the clay makes it ideal for layering on the skin, and it is also rich in minerals that nourish while deep-cleansing and detoxifying. Luckily, we’ve come a very long way since the stinging, drying clay masks of our youth. Thanks to the multitude of different types of clay, even those with the most sensitive skin can benefit from clay’s healing properties. Read on to discover the perfect clay product for your skin.
Lierac Comfort Mask – If you thought clay was only for teenage skin, think again. Pink clay is a mild clay that is high in minerals and can improve skin regeneration and elasticity. This instantly soothing mask combines pink clay with nourishing and hydrating shea butter and apricot oil to replenish and soften mature skin.
Herbal Essentials Papaya Fruit & Honey Face Mask – White Kaolin Clay is the of the gentlest clays and it also has very mild exfoliating benefits, making it perfect for sensitive or dry skin. This mask combines kaolin with renewing papaya, deeply nourishing honey, and natural plant extracts to smooth, firm, and brighten your complexion.
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser – This clay-based cleanser purifies oily, congested, acne-prone skin without over-drying it. Green clay, known for absorbing oil and boosting circulation, combines with exfoliating kaolin to purify and refine the complexion, while cucumber and sage reduce inflammation and soothe irritation.
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask – Deeply purifying loess clay detoxifies pores, drawing out pore-clogging impurities, healing and soothing blemishes, and reducing the appearance of blackheads. The added witch hazel softens and balances the skin, reducing redness and leaving skin looking clear and glowing.
The Refinery Face Mask – This mask will revitalize skin in just five minutes. The clay base in this mask deep cleanses and detoxifies, while the jojoba oil and sweet almond oil soften and soothe ingrown hairs from shaving. An added boost of juniper, black pepper, ginger, and peppermint increase circulation and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Eve Lom Rescue Mask – This award-winning mask works to decongest, soothe, and repair all skin types. It contains healing and cleansing honey-infused kaolin clay, along with nourishing almond and rejuvenating camphor. This mask can be used as a weekly treat or whenever your skin needs a little extra care.