Clays have a wide range of properties and colors that vary according to their mineral composition. What they all have in common is their high capacity for absorbing toxins and waste found on the skin that aren’t removed during daily cleaning.
Using clay for a deep cleaning once or twice a week will give you cleaner and healthier skin.
One good idea is to add plant and essential oils, honey, fresh fruit or yogurt to the clay. Or if you are more traditional, you can add a little mineral water. These additions benefit your skin in ways you can’t imagine.
Clay masks leave your skin clean, velvety smooth and improve blood circulation in the area under the mask. Moreover, this “magic dirt” is one of the most powerful natural antiseptics and anti-inflammatories that exist.
Here are some suggestions we have already tried at Per Purr. Yes, we are working, but we are also taking care of ourselves at the same time.
Green clay is the most well known clay, and it is used mainly on oily skin susceptible to acne. It can completely extract the oil from your skin and kill the bacteria responsible for causing pimples. This mask can be used two to three times a week.
- 2 heaping tablespoons of green clay
- Warm or cold water. Use as much as needed to achieve a uniform cream
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 5 drops of propolis extract
Mix all the ingredients well and apply to clean skin. Apply and leave on for 20 minutes. When the mask begins to dry, rinse off with warm water and apply your usual creams.
White and yellow clays
White and yellow clays are good for normal and sensitive skin. This clay cleans your pores without removing oil from the skin, maintaining the skin’s natural hydration, which is very important for sensitive skin. It also soothes skin irritations caused by changes in the weather, skin treatments or excessive sun.
- 2 heaping tablespoons of white or yellow clay (or both)
- Warm water. Use as much as needed to achieve a uniform cream. In this case, you can also use an herbal distillate (plant water), such as chamomile, lavender or rose, instead of water.
- 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt (NOT fat-free!)
Mix all the ingredients to create a uniform cream and leave the mask on your skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. The effects of the mask are better and more visible if you apply at night before bed. When you sleep, your skin rests, and the next day, it’s radiant.
Pink (or red) clay
This is without a doubt the clay most recommended for dry, mature and blotchy skin. It has clarifying properties and can be used frequently.
- Two heaping tablespoons of pink clay
- Enough warm water to achieve a uniform cream. (Rose water is perfect for this)
- 5 drops of jojoba oil
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 3 drops of rose essential oil (Careful! It must be pure)
After mixing the ingredients well, leave the mask on your skin for 20 minutes, then rinse with water. The next day, you will notice your wrinkles have diminished.
Ghassoul (pronounced “Rassoul”)
This is a Moroccan clay rich in silica, a mineral that is vital to regeneration of the deepest skin layers. It improves elasticity by stimulating collagen production. It can be used for all skin types. This clay is a bit different than the others because it absorbs more water after a few minutes have passed, resulting in a creamy texture.
- 1 heaping tablespoon of Ghassoul
- Enough water to create a creamy mixture. Ideally, add a little water, wait 10 minutes and add more. If you need more and think it is still not creamy enough, wait 10 additional minutes and add more water.
The supplements for this mask vary according to skin type. Honey always produces good results with all types.
In the world of clay masks, talking about limits is like putting walls on the sky. Clays are easy to find, affordable and normally found at any health food store. Now you have no excuse not to flaunt your clean and beautiful skin.