Clay is one of the most cleansing and detoxifying ingredients you can use on your skin. Some people even use it internally for some conditions but I don't recommend unless prescribed by a doctor.
Rich in minerals, clay benefits the skin by helping clear blemishes, draw out impurities, detoxifying, providing the skin with the minerals in need etc..
The main types of clay are Bentonite and Kaolin but there are so many other kinds depending on their mineral composition and origin.
Forms from volcanic ash, Bentonite clay gets its name from Fort Benton in Wyoming, US where it occurs in large amounts. It contains natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, which may provide additional benefits to the skin. It has strong absorption properties which make it best for oily skin.
Also called Chinese clay and is originally white, on the other hand, has mild absorption properties which makes it best for dry to normal skin. It contains mainly natural kaolinite, silicon and aluminum. In addition, it is rich of zinc, potassium, calcium and magnesium. The color is light, more white than grey but it can have various shades like pink, purple, red or green, when the kaolin has a red or yellow tincture, it means it contains iron oxide.
The name 'kaolin' derives from the 'Gaoling', a Chinese village located in the southeast province of Jiangxi.
Note: French Green Clay which is Kaolin, has strong absorption properties which makes it different than other types of Kaolin and similar to Bentonite.
Now that you know the different types of clays you can choose the best type that goes with your skin.
Try this simple mask: pour one tbsp of the clay that works best for your skin type in a non reactive bowl then start adding floral water or just regular water until you obtain a paste then apply on desired areas.
Clay can be used by itself and can be used to cosmetics for its amazing benefits and for its beautiful colors.
check my Instagram page in the link below to see what clay coloring can add to a product. https://www.instagram.com/abd.naturals/