Earth Clay’s are extremely popular and mostly used in high-end spas for powerful mud mask skincare treatments. There are many different types of clays used for hair and skincare. The ones I incorporate in many of my skincare recipes are Bentonite clay, French Green clay, Kaolin clay, Rhassoul clay and French Pink Clay.
These clays have many things in common including their versatility, which makes it fun and easy to get creative with them. I could go into detail and list all the uses and benefits that each clay provides, but because there’s so many I’d have to write a book to do that. So I’m going to try and make this post as short as possible and to the point.
If you’ve never heard of earth clays before, I hope what you learn here will spark your curiosity enough to give one of them a try. You can usually find them at your local health food store or DIY beauty care supply stores. Just make sure that it’s all-natural and pure.
It was a little over a year ago when I first stumbled on an article about this amazing clay. I knew nothing about earth clays at the time. Of course, the more I researched, I learned that these spa-quality clays are readily made available for at-home use. Earth clays can make the key ingredient in many natural skincare products including:
❤Earth clay natural toothpaste (Sold From My Etsy Shop)
❤Moisturizing lip balms
❤Natural soap bars
❤Detoxifying bath blends
❤Face and body exfoliants
Rhassoul and Bentonite clay are much the same in the benefits they provide, except for people with sensitive skin might find Rhassoul to be much gentler.
Bentonite Clay is “said to be” the strongest of clays. It's composed of ash made from volcanoes mostly located in Fort Benton, Wyoming. It’s used internally as a detox as well as externally. This clay has been used for centuries as healing treatments that guard the body against diseases. Some uses and benefits include:
~Used on the Skin to Heal Eczema
~Dermatitis & Psoriasis
~Used in the Bath as a Soaking Liquid to Remove Toxins
~Allows Cells to Receive More Oxygen
~Alkalizes the Body
~Relieves Digestive Problems (constipation, IBS, nausea, etc.)
~Boosts Immunity by Killing Harmful Bacteria and Viruses
~Improves the Health of Teeth and Gums
~Useful As a Baby Powder Alternative
Rhassoul clay, also known as Moroccan or Red clay, comes from the Atlas Mountains in the northeastern region of Morocco. Rhassoul clay is highly beneficial due to Its highly rich mineral content and is a must-have.
Clinical studies have shown that a single use of Moroccan Rhassoul: reduces dryness (79%) reduces flakiness (41%) improves skin clarity (68%) improves skin elasticity/firmness (24%) improves skin texture (106%) removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedones (blackheads), removes dead skin layers, resulting in a general smoothing of the surface skin.
Use French Green Clay for exfoliation and pore-tightening on top of oil-absorption. It’s also called Sea Clay, the green colour comes from the amount of decomposed plant material and iron oxide. It’s highly absorbent and boosts circulation. I use this clay in my homemade natural foundation recipe as a red pigment corrector. I love wearing my foundation and concealer, it’s perfect for my skin tone. I also find that when I use my homemade sheer tinted moisturizer as a base, it makes the perfect combination.
Kaolin Clay is known as China clay. It's a gentle and very versatile clay much like the other clays it also has been used traditionally in nourishing and soothing different skin types. I substitute Bentonite with Kaolin in my toothpaste recipe, mostly because it’s much gentler, and more suitable for sensitivities. Kaolin Clay is used as a skin detoxifying and cleansing agent. The clay contains a high content of silica that helps in removing dead skin cells and makes it regenerate. This also purifies and detoxes the skin and makes it moist. Also, it has unique minerals and phytonutrients present, which helps in eliminating toxins and oil from the skin.
French Pink Clay is a combination of red and white clays. It is considered to be the mildest of all the clays and works well for normal, sensitive and mature skin types. Its unique composition includes Kaolinite (Kaolin) Iron, Illite, Montmorillonite (a primary component of Bentonite) and Calcite (the most common form of natural calcium carbonate) So far I’ve only used this clay in my French Pink Clay tinted lip balm.
Making and using natural lip balms have been an absolute blessing for me. They’ve saved my ultra-sensitive lips from too often becoming chapped and dry. My lips are always soft and supple now, even if I don’t use lip balm for days.
Earth clays also make a great natural sheer tint for lip balms.