Cosmetic Clay Explained
November 11th, 2020 11:45 AM
Clay has been used for thousands of years for ritual, cosmetic, and hygienic purposes. From all corners of the globe, humans love digging in the mud and putting it on our faces and bodies. Let this not-so-humble, drag-queen, swamp-witch guide you through a brief explanation of different clay and their properties.*
All clay will draw oils from the skin but some are more effective and gentle than others. For people with dry skin, kaolin or white clay will suffice. For those with excessive sebum (natural oils produced by the skin) a clay such as Dead Sea Clay or Green Clay might work better. See below for a full list of clay used by Swamp Witch Stephanie to find which clay is right for you and your skin type.
Clay can certainly be used in face masks, but the fun doesn't stop there. They can be added to soaps for extra cleansing properties. Not only does the clay provide additional oil absorption but it provides extra slip and exfoliation to leave you feeling smooth and supple. Clay can also be added to a decadent mineral bath too.
Which Clay Is Right For You?
White Clay - also called Kaolin Clay, it is the most gentle of all the cosmetic clays. It can help absorb extra oils on the face and skin. Can draw out impurities in the skin that cause redness island irritation. Good for dry, sensitive, and combination skin.SHOP HERE FOR THE COMPLETE SIGNATURE MUD MASK COLLECTION
Green Clay – Coming from ancient marine beds in France, green clay is hydrating, toning, and firming for the skin. Green clay is cleansing and helps remove deep-set impurities in the skin. It stimulates circulation and is more absorbing than white/kaolin Clay, leading to fewer blemishes and more even skin tone. Great for an oily complexion.
Red Clay - More absorbing than either kaolin or green clays. Known for deep cleaning and cleansing skin. Gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin. Good for normal or combination skin types.
Sea Clay - Coming from the Dead Sea, this clay is excellent at absorbing impurities and excess oils on the skin. High in minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, it brings vital nutrients directly to your skin. Works well for normal to oily skin leaving you feeling tight and clean.
Rhassoul Clay - Coming from mineral deposits in Morroco, Rhassoul clay is used for removing dirt and extra oils from the skin, like most other clay. However, it had been found to be gentler than green or red clay. It is good for aged, sensitive, dry, and normal skin.
Activated Charcoal - while not classified as clay, activated charcoal comes from processed hardwoods like bamboo. Activated Charcoal is used to open clogged pores, remove dead skin, and deep clean the skin. Smoothes and evens skin tone. Good on oily and combination skin types.
*None of these claims are approved by the FDA. This article is purely for research purposes.