Clay masks are currently the new trend in the beauty market but have been around for centuries. In ancient times, they were used as a remedy for various kinds of skin issues. Clay masks can be used by both men and women.
Bentonite Clay – It is procured from volcanic ash (sodium bentonite). This clay can open pores and draw out all the impurities. It helps in exfoliation, removal of excess oil and sebum from the skin. As it is enriched with antibacterial properties, this clay helps to speed up the process of healing from acne.The most popular clay in the market is the Aztec Indian Healing Clay.
Fuller’s Earth Clay – Commonly known as Multani mitti, this is the most popular clay in India and is used in various face masks and scrubs. Honey, lime juice, rose water, milk, curd and other ingredients are added to make masks and scrubs with Multani mitti. It absorbs excess oil, lightens skin, evens skin tone, helps in reduction of acne and leaves skin soft and supple.
Kaolin Clay – Kaolin clay is known for its skin nourishing properties is available in various colors – white, red, pink and yellow to name a few. White and Yellow Kaolin is great for sensitive and dry skin. Red kaolin clay known for its absorption properties works best for a dry and sensitive skin. And finally pink is the mix of red and which thus offers exfoliation and detoxification to the sensitive skin without causing any irritation.
French Green Clay – As the name suggests, this clay is from France. It is best known for its anti-aging properties. It exfoliates and tightens the skin pore and boosts blood circulation.
Rassoul Clay – This clay from Morocco is rich in minerals and is best known for its blackhead removal properties. It hydrates the skin, promotes elasticity and improves the texture. As it doesn’t dry out the skin, it can be used by people with dry skin. If you have oily skin, it’s great for everyday use as it’s gentle on the skin.
All clays masks are mixed in water and applied. However, ensure you don’t let it dry completely as it could do more harm than good. Do not apply the mask close to your eyes.