The use of clay topically for soothing and healing the skin, and even for internal medicinal uses traces back throughout ancient history. Clay as medicine has been been reference as far back as ancient Rome, 60 BC to be exact. Aristotle – the Father of Medicine – also referenced the conscious effort of eating the earth, in the form of soil or clay for its therapeutic benefits as far back as 384–322 BC.
Most skin care treatments are classified to treat dry, normal, and oily skin. Clay masks treat all skin types safely, with no irritation or redness. They work wonders with younger skin that may be prone to acne, and they boost elasticity and minimize signs of aging.
Dead skin cells make the skin look ruddy and blah. The problem is that everyone has dead cells on the surface of their skin. Clay masks, no matter how fine the powder is, do an excellent job to slough off dead skin cells to make the skin look fresh and bright.
One of the coolest benefits of clay masks is that as they remove excess oil, they also saturate the skin with the nutrients the body needs to keep the skin smooth. Clay masks are filled with minerals the skin needs. As the masks sit on the face, nutrients sink into the skin and do their job to make the skin look soft, smooth and, oh yes, brighter.
Clay not only pulls toxins out of the skin’s pores but also hydrogen from the skin cells, which allows more room for oxygen to benefit the skin tissue and rejuvenate them. This moves improved circulation and overall healthier skin.
Clay masks are a completely natural way to detoxify, cleanse, purify, exfoliate and beautify your skin without any negative side effects.
How to make a clay mask:
Mix equal parts Clay Powder to clean, purified water – spring water is best, distilled will absorb the minerals in the clay so its best avoided. For an even more intense, purifying mask, replace water with raw apple cider vinegar.
Add a few drops of essential oil like lavender, rosemary, or lemongrass.
Apply to a clean face.
Let it dry for 20 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water. Apply your face cream.