Clay masks are back in force in the natural beauty sphere. Effective, healthy and simple to make, they take care of the skin, body and hair with ease. Even if clay is a noble and natural material, it is essential to adopt the right gestures to enjoy all its benefits. Here are 5 important things to know about clay masks.
The color of clay has great importance
Clay is a sedimentary rock, extremely rich in minerals and trace elements. If green clay is by far the best known of all clays, there are nevertheless other clay colors with amazing benefits. Did you know that each clay color has its own properties? Red, pink, yellow, white, ghassoul… Each is aimed at a particular skin type. We offer you a quick overview of the different clays.
Green clay is recommended for normal to oily skin. Thanks to its absorbent power, it eliminates excess sebum, purifies the epidermis and visibly reduces dilated pores.
White clay, also called kaolin, is the softest of the clays. It is particularly recommended for dull and mature skin that it will gently clean and sublimate.
Red clay is famous for its ” complexion illuminator “, and if it is also called ” clay looks good “, it’s not for nothing ! Thanks to its richness in ferric oxides that gives it its fiery color, it will take care of dry skin, soften it and reveal its radiance.
Pink clay, a subtle mixture of red clay and white clay, is appreciated by sensitive and reactive skin because it is soft and respects the pH of the epidermis. It has soothing and rebalancing properties, ideal for skin prone to redness and irritation of all kinds.
Yellow clay, less known, is a clay particularly suitable for combination skin thanks to its exfoliating action. It revitalizes, matifies and refines the skin texture, for a silky touch and a visibly smoother skin, with fewer imperfections.
Finally, ghassoul clay is a treasure from the Atlas Mountains. It has many properties that make it perfect for absolutely all skin types. It is renowned for its absorbent and cleansing action but also exfoliating and adsorbent. We quickly understand why it is an integral part of the hammam ritual!
Are you hesitating about the choice of clay to use? Do not hesitate to carry out our little test! With just a few clicks, you’ll know which clay best fits your skin type.
Do not let your clay mask dry
One of the mistakes to avoid and yet is practiced by many lovers of clay masks, is to let your mask dry. It is sometimes thought that you have to wait until the mask is completely dry to remove it and rinse the skin. It’s a mistake. Indeed, by drying, the mask captures water in the skin tissues and dehydrates them. One can have a very clean skin sensation after rinsing because the epidermis shines and is perfectly smooth. However, this interpretation is not good: it is a sign that the skin is simply dried out, dehydrated. This is ultimately the opposite of what a clay mask should bring to the skin! Even worse, by drawing water from the epidermis, the dry clay may send a negative signal to the sebaceous glands and cause them to produce even more sebum.
To avoid this, it is necessary to apply the mask in a thick layer on the entire face, avoiding the eye area. The mask should act for 10 minutes and not dry. For this, we recommend that you remoisten it as many times as necessary using a mist, water spray or floral water.
It is necessary to moisturize your skin well after rinsing
After a clay mask, it is important to moisturize your skin. Due to its absorbent properties, the hydrolipidic film of the epidermis can be slightly altered and it must be helped to reconstitute itself by applying a nourishing care. Rinsing alone is not enough, especially if it is done with tap water that is sometimes too calcareous and aggressive for the skin.
Depending on the nature of your skin, you can choose a product with a more or less rich texture. Our day cream and our night cream are perfect for nourishing and moisturizing the skin in depth. Poorly hydrated skin becomes sensitive and reactive and the mask loses all its interest.
Do not use metal or plastic to handle clay
Clay is a recognized and highly appreciated material for facial treatments. If at first glance its use does not require any precautions, it must be taken into account that it is an active and living ingredient.
It is important that it is in contact only with natural and noble materials. For example, opt for a jar or bowl either ceramic or glass, to make the preparation and take your hands or a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients. Plastic and metal, on the other hand, should never be used, as they denature green clay and can alter its properties.
Clay can be combined with many ingredients
Do you want a tailor-made facial adapted to a particular problem? Good news, the clay mask offers a thousand and one possibilities. Whether you want to use essential oils, vegetable oils, floralwaters, fruits, vegetables or any other ingredient withrecognized properties (as long as it is natural and preferably organic), you can give free rein to your imagination for the preparation of a clay mask.
Clay blends perfectly with aromatherapy products and can be combined with 1 or more other ingredients to create synergies of active ingredients.
Do you want to start preparing your homemade masks? We have concocted just you some recipes of clay masks for the face and hair that should please you!
Nothing beats a clay mask to take care of the skin of your face. The benefits of this totally natural sedimentary rock are no longer to be demonstrated. White, pink, red, green, yellow or ghassoul, there are for each skin problem, but you have to know their specific properties and know how to use them correctly, in order to be able to reap all the benefits. Now that you know the 5 good gestures to master in order to enjoy the benefits of a clay mask, clay has no secrets for you!
Prepare your clay mask for the face or hair
Clay is highly prized for facials because of its natural origin and high efficiency. However, it is a living matter, active in contact with water and deserves special attention when handled.
It is important that it is in contact only with natural and noble materials. For example, you can opt for a ceramic, wooden or glass bowl to make your preparation. In order to mix clay and water (or any other natural ingredient!), we advise you to use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients.
Plastic and metal should never be used, however, as they distort clay and can cause it to lose some of its properties.
Nothing beats a clay mask to take care of her face and hair. The benefits of this totally natural sedimentary rock are no longer to be demonstrated.
White, pink, red, green, ghassoul or yellow, there are for each skin type. However, you need to know their properties well and know how to use them correctly in order to reap the full benefits.