Facial clays – a quick guide

Quick guide facial claysThere are a wide variety of clays you can use for making facial clay masks. This quick guide to facial clays will help you find the best facial clay that is most suitable for your skin type.

French clays are clays with high mineral content and this gives them the active properties that affect the skin. They generate heat due to the mineral salt content and this helps the skin to release toxins. Facial clays are excellent for cleansing, drawing, detoxifying, exfoliating dead skin cells as well as being healing, soothing and toning.

Also known as Argiletz clays as they come from Argiletz in France, these facial clays come in different colours which is due to their mineral content and this gives each type its unique healing properties.

Green clay

Green clay consists mostly of chromium, nickel and copper. It is best suited to oily skins and useful for acne treatments. It reduces sebum production, exfoliates dead skin cells, assists in tissue repair, draws out toxins and calms inflammation. Green clay is ideal for poultices to relieve and sooth a variety of skin conditions.

White clay

White clay consists of pure aluminium oxide with traces of zinc oxide. It can be drying and is best suited for detoxification and balancing sebum and is milder than green clay. White clay is suitable for delicate, sensitive and mature skins. It can also be used as a deodorant and natural alternative to talcum powder.

Yellow clay

Yellow clay is derived from iron oxide. It helps to improve the condition of devitalised, tired and neglected looking skin.

Red clay

Red clay contains iron and is an oily and mildly absorbent clay. It helps to improve the condition of dry and sensitive skin and is excellent for cleansing as well as toning. A word of caution here, if using red clay please be aware that is can stain easily so use dark towels to cover clothes when applying it.

Pink clay

Pink clay is soothing, cleansing, hydrating and gently detoxifying. It exfoliates dead skin cells and is suitable for dry and sensitive skin. It makes a great clay to use as a maintenance program for both face and body masks.

Other facial clays

There are a couple of other facial clays worth mentioning here that are not French clays yet just has useful in any skin care regime.

White kaolin

Also known as China clay, White Kaolin gives an astringent and drying effect on the skin. It is excellent as a detoxifier and improves the lymphatic flow and increases blood flow to the area applied. White Kaolin is best suited to normal and oily skin and like white clay above is a great alternative to talcum powder as a body deodorant.

Fuller’s earth

Last but not least is Fuller’s earth, a very common ingredient in facial clay masks. It is a soft, brown clay and another excellent exfoliator for dead skin cells and helps to stimulate the epidermis. Fuller’s earth is most suited to oily skins.

For more information on facial clay masks and some great recipes, please visit facial clay mask page in the natural skin care recipes section.

Anti-aging Facial Clay Mask

Anti-aging Facial Clay MaskThe secret ingredient in this anti-aging facial clay mask is Slippery Elm powder.

Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva) has wonderful healing and hydrating properties. When added to a facial clay mask, it is the perfect ingredient for aging or dehydrated skins that needs that extra nourishment.

In powder form, Slippery Elm is an extremely soothing herb with a high content of mucilage. Once it is mixed with water, it will swell and form a thick, gel-like paste, making it easy to spread over your face.

Red clay is also added to this facial mask as it is excellent for dry, sensitive and mature skin.

The essential oils of Immortelle, Chamomile and Bergamot complete this clay mask recipe to further enhance its healing, soothing and rejuvenating actions.

Click here to view the recipe for Anti-aging Facial Clay Mask

Help with blackheads, pimples and cellulite

I recently had an email from Desney who is one of my avid readers on this blog. She is getting married very soon and wanted some natural skin care recipe suggestions to help with blackheads, pimples and cellulite. As these problems are quite common, I thought I would share my answer on this blog to help anyone else who may be suffering the same problems.

Hi Desney

Thanks for your email and your further questions for essential oil recipes that could help with your current skin problems as well as cellulite.

I have a couple of good recipes that can help with cellulite on my website, please find the links below:

Stimulating Bath Oil
English Ivy Body Scrub

For your blackheads and pimples I recommend the following recipes:

Facial Clay Mask for Acne

If you find this too harsh then try the following which may be better as you say your skin is fairly sensitive at the moment:

Soothing Clay Mask

Cinnamon and Orange Facial Scrub

I would also recommend this deluxe facial oil to use at night time.

All the instructions and further information about each recipe are on the links I’ve provided above.

I hope these help and again I wish you all the best for your upcoming wedding.

Kind regards

If anyone else has any suggestions or ideas to help Desney out, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Facial Clay Mask for Acne

facial clay mask acneIf you suffer from acne or even just the occasional break-out, try this new facial clay mask recipe, especially for acne.

Facial Clay Mask for Acne

Facial Clay Mask for Mature Skin

A new addition to the facial clay mask recipe page is the Facial Clay Mask for Mature Skin.

Please find the new recipe here – Facial Clay Mask for Mature Skin