Did you know that using clay for skin dated back into the early 2500BC? Although having begun ages ago, the use of clay for skin is growing rapidly in today’s era due to the many effective benefits it holds. From medical usage to therapeutic reasons to cosmetic purposes, clays play a great role for effective skin care. Each clay varies from the other in terms of the properties present in it. It’s important to select your clay choice based on your skin alone. Keep reading as we talk more about skin clay and its varieties.

What is skin clay?

Clay in general is a thick and fine-grained soil that is heavy in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium, silica as well as sodium. When it comes to the skin care products, these varieties play a huge role, not just through masks but also as ingredients in shampoos, soaps, etc.

What are the benefits of using clay in the skin?

There are several benefits that come with using clay on your skin such as unclogging pores, absorbing excess sebum, helps with acne all while keeping your skin hydrated and improving its elasticity.

Types of clay

Let’s us talk about the different types of clay to purchase available:

Bentonite – Bentonite clay, made of volcanic sediment, is not only a popular choice of clay for the skin but is also known to help with digestion.  This clay helps tighten your skin while cleaning away the toxins and oily texture.

Illite – also known that the French green clay or sea clay, Illite helps absorb the impurities on your skin. This clay is dark green in colour due to being decomposed of plant matter. It originated from the depths of the sea and is also good for blood circulation.

Fuller’s earth – also known as Multani Mittit, Fuller’s earth is one of the greatest oil absorbing clays out there. It helps with hyperpigmentation. Due to the presence of very mild bleaching properties it’s best to know your skin type before using in order to avoid extensive drying.

Green Zeolite – Green Zeolite clay is also another type of clay to be derived from the volcanic rocks. Not only is it great at absorbing but also acts as a subtle exfoliant. Apart from using it on the skin, you could even use it on your hair for the similar benefits present in it.

Kaolin – Kaolin clay comes in a variety of colours ranging from white to yellow. The pink Kaolin Clay is known as Rose clay. Each coloured clay comes with its own properties and benefits for the skin. However, in general they are a great exfoliant and helps boost circulation of blood.

Rhassoul – A Moroccan originated clay that is gentle, nourishing as well as hydrating, with pack minerals that have the power to absorb sebum, blackhead as well as other impurities. Using Rhassoul clay can also help you improve the texture and elasticity of your skin.

Let us know which clay type suits your skin the best.