Clay has long been employed for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Of late, the efficiency of clay in enhancing skin health has been proved medically. When used as a facemask, clay is found to be effective in absorbing excess oil, dirt particles and other unnecessary toxic elements.
It also helps in improving facial blood circulation. Clays come in a myriad of colours ranging from red, to grey. They differ from one another in texture as well. While some clay types are coarse some others are fine and fluffy. It is based on its specific colour that nature of mineral content in the clay is identified.
Some clay types, especially Bentonite clay, are increasingly being used for detoxification and mineral deficiencies. Other clays, such as French Green clay and Rhassoul clay, are found to boost skin health and is thereby found to serve cosmetic purposes.
Bentonite clay is known traditionally for its use in the treatment of mineral deficiencies. It helps in binding the harmful toxic elements and makes them more soluble. It absorbs heavy metallic elements, impurities and certain other bodily contaminants. Mineral deficiencies such as anaemia, abdominal ulcers, diarrhoea, intestinal problems, haemorrhoids etc are also treated using this kind of clay.
French Green Clay is extensively used for toning purposes and also helps in stimulating the skin. It brings in fresh blood to damaged skin cells and revitalises the skin complexion and tightens the pores. Green clay is a bio-mineral and is rich in elements such as silica, selenium, cobalt, aluminium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, phosphorous etc. it also stimulates the circulation of body fluids such as blood and lymph.
Fuller’s Earth clay is yet another type of naturally occurring sedimentary clay. It has been widely used for skin-lightening purposes. It is found t o be effective in lightening the upper epidermal skin layer. It is also a useful base ingredient in facial recipes exclusively meant for oily skin.