Clay has been used for centuries for its unique properties: it cleans, detoxifies, remineralizes and regenerates the body from the inside out. In the middle east, clay is used for washing and nourishing hair, and to make natural soap, as a detox drink, and in skin purifying and nourishing masks. One of the reasons clay is so powerful is that it binds itself to toxins outside and inside your body and helps flush them out. There are many types of clay, so research and add a clay based mask to your treatments if you haven't already. Two popular types are:
Bentonite clay: Bentonite clay can be used internally and externally. It draws toxins from the body while releasing minerals that are beneficial for gut, hair and bone health. It also has a strong alkalizing power, which combats excess acidity in the body.
Kaolin Clay: White, pink, red and yellow. The color is comes from the different minerals contained in the clay. White clay is the most delicate of all, and is recommended for sensitive skin, helping to reduce redness and irritation, and softening the skin and brightening the complexion. Clay based masks aren't just for blemish prone or oily complexions - mature and drier skin types can benefit from its detoxifying and remineralizing abilities.
When using clay based masks, be sure to apply a thick layer of clay and keep it on for a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 15-20 minutes, depending on the type of clay used and the skin condition. The skin should feel a bit tight, but don't wait until the clay is totally dry and beginning to crumble to remove. There should still be a bit of dampness to the mask.
Add ingredients to your mask
Here is a list of essential oils that are great additions to facial masks: ~ All skin types: chamomile, lavender, rose, neroli, cedar wood, jasmine ~ Blemish prone or oily skin: basil, rosemary, ylang ylang, lemon, mint, grapefruit ~ Mature and dry skin: carrot, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli