OK, Oh Clay!
When I suffered from serious cystic acne and crazy post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, the first thing I ran to, for clearer skin was clay.
Now, back then, I had no idea that there were several different clays for the skin and that they all had different benefits. In my early 20s, I was just experimenting and trying whatever I could to fix my issues.
Fast forward a few years, and I’ve damn near become a chemist creating and concocting new mask recipes to suite my very needy and special skin.
HERE ARE FEW POPULAR AND POWERFUL CLAYS TO TRY
The “Indian Healing” clay has been around for some time, and has had crazy positive reviews from Dermatologists, estheticians and skin care guru’s all around the world.
This restorative clay has detoxifying properties, as it originates from volcanic ash. But, most importantly, it helps smooth uneven texture, and minimize active acne breakouts on site!
If you’re a sensitive skin girl, Kaolin clay may be your best friend. It’s suitable for all skin types, but definitely appropriate for those of us who have skin conditions like eczema or extremely dry skin. One of Kaolin’s major benefits is that it is very detoxifying, but it leaves your skin feeling and looking more toned and softer to the touch.
This clay can be found all over the world, but it was originally mined in China. Kaolin is also one of the most important classes of minerals that makes up 90% of the earth’s crust!
RHASSOUL & MORROCAN RED CLAY
You may not know, but Rhassoul and Moroccan clay are actually synonymous of each other. This clay comes from the fertile Atlas Mountains of Morocco (just thinking of it makes me want to go on vacation!!).
Something else pretty amazing about this clay is that it’s EXTREMELY mineral rich having silica, potassium and magnesium as it’s ride or die besties!
Similar to Bentonite clay, Rhassoul does swell when a liquid is added. It may not seem like it, but this is a good thing, because that shows how effective it can be with skin care applications.
Just to show you how amazing this clay is, I’ll give you a few benefits of using:
- increase skin elasticity
- even skin tone
- reduce blemishes and blackheads
- reduce skin dryness
I personally have used all three of these clays in masks (and even some crazy DIY soaps/cleansers) that I can say have really helped my skin a lot!
It’s all trial and error, and honestly just a little fun too. So, if you’re bored on a Friday night and want to have some fun, try mixing one of these clays up with some water, rose water, or apple cider vinegar (be careful of any allergies) and get messy!
Oh and a little bit about me, you ask?
My name is Shoshana and I test skin care products for brown girls, all around the world. Skin care is my obsession, passion and love. I had the worst cystic acne from the age of 13-28, and I lived to tell my story lol. I love long walks to Trader Joes and Wholefoods, and I’m sort of an introvert.
If you want to stay connected to me, hit me up at @glowformeskin and let’s be friends!