Benefits of Clay Masks
Clay masks have been around for centuries and are still used today. In fact, clay masks are widely used in the beauty industry for more than just improving the health of the skin. They are also used to improve the health of hair. There are several types of clays that each provide different skin benefits. A few of the most popular clays used today include kaolin clay, bentonite clay, French green clay, and pink clay.
Note that not all clays are created equal. All clays have different mineral compositions which is why they each offer different benefits. The benefits that clay masks have in common include the following:
- Clay masks detox the skin
- Clay masks absorb excess oil
- Clay masks shrink pores
- Clay masks heal blemishes and acne
- Clay masks are calming
Additional Benefits of Kaolin Clay: Kaolin clay, also known as white clay, is made up of a mineral called kaolinite. Being mined in many places on earth including the United States and China, kaolinite is considered the most occurring clay in the world. Kaolin clay is very mild and gentle which makes it a great clay for sensitive and easily irritated skin.
Additional Benefits of Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay is a clay that is formed after volcanic ashes age. It is typically grey or beige in color and is rich in many nutrients including calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, silica, and iron. Bentonite clay is named after Fort Benton, Wyoming which is known for having the largest source of clay in the world.
Bentonite clay is known for being very absorbent. That property makes bentonite clay ideal for people with oily and acne prone skin. It has been known for drying up and healing acne with continued use. People with sensitive or dry skin, should avoid bentonite clay or use it minimally.
Additional Benefits of French Green Clay: French Green Clay originated in France which is where it gets part of its name. The clay gets its color from decomposed matter, algae or chlorophyll, and iron dioxide. French green clay is also known as montmorillonite or illite clay and is also (like bentonite clay) a great absorption clay.
French green clay is loaded with trace minerals and nutrients. These minerals and nutrients are what make French green clay the great healing clay that it is. Other benefits include healing blemishes and acne, firming and toning the skin, and stimulating circulation.
Additional Benefits of Pink Clay: Pink clay is usually a combination of red and white kaolin clays. Pink clay is very mild and gentle which makes it perfect for dry sensitive skin. Just like the other clays, pink clay is loaded with minerals and nutrients. It is especially rich in Silica, which is known for promoting younger looking skin and improving skin elasticity. Pink clay also leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.