New mask alert! I love clay masks because it is soothing to the skin and it reminds me of spa quality facials. Red clay masks are not only detoxifying, but will have your face feeling soft and smooth. Oil is pulled out of clogged pores and dead skin is removed. What more do you need? Well I’ll break it to you, there is more! Red clay is excellent for sensitive skin (like mine) while making pores smaller and skin tone tighter. It also contains iron and helps with bags under your eyes.
A variety of clay types are available for different skin types: white clay, green clay, yellow clay, gray clay, and blue clay– each having it’s own special ability but we’re going to focus on the red clay.
The red clay that I bought was pretty inexpensive. I used NOW 100% pure moroccan red clay powder for $6.99. That’s pretty cheap compared to other clay prices. It’s perfect for my oily and love-to-break-out face.
Moroccan red clay comes from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. It’s a natural powder clay that is highly absorbent and mixes easily with water and other moisturizing products. It serves as an excellent facial cleanser and purifying masque, especially for individuals with sensitive skin. It serves a purpose for both oily and dry skin.
Choose which type of ingredient to combine with your clay, depending upon your skin type. Here’s a general guide:
Dry/Sensitive Skin: Heavy cream, honey or vegetable oils such as sesame, grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba or olive.
Normal Skin: A light vegetable oil such as grapeseed or sweet almond. Whole milk is recommended, as are flower waters such as rose or orange. Only use one liquid at a time!
Oily Skin: Distilled or spring water, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, flower waters.
With my oily skin I used filtered water and Lavender essential oil. Lavender EO balances and moisturizes skin, fights eczema, acne and other skin problems such as insect bites, rashes and scars (This is off topic, but I bet you didn’t know Lavender oil repels mosquitoes, moths, fleas and other insects. I wish I’d known this while being bit at those backyard BBQ’s ).
-Clay masks withdraw excess oil and pollutants from our faces.
-Re-balances and restores freshness to dry and flaky skin.
-Rids the complexion of those blackheads.
Get some red clay and start luxuriating yourself with this masks silky texture. It’ll be worth it!
Important note: never use metal when mixing your clay mask. Use glass, plastic or wooden instruments to keep clay’s properties potent and effective.
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