Four Clay Powders To Detox Your Skin And Hair Care Routine

detox clay powder - Red clay powder Montmorillonite

There is a growing recognition that natural substances such as cosmetic clays can treat our skin in a much gentler and kinder way than commercial products. Here are four special clays to consider including in your beauty routine.  

  • Bentonite Clay

Bentonite is the ultimate detox clay powder. It is derived from volcanic ash, which gives it a unique chemical composition. When combined with water, it produces an electrical charge that helps to draw impurities out of the skin. This makes it particularly beneficial for people who have oily skin, because it helps to control sebum production and minimises acne.

When mixed with liquid, it can be applied as a face mask. It contains a very fine gritty texture that can be gently exfoliating without being too harsh or drying. The product will absorb oils and other toxins while nourishing the skin with minerals and nutrients.

  • Red Montmorillonite Clay

Red Montmorillonite Clay is highly alkaline with a pH of 9.2, which makes it ideal as an effective yet gentle skin cleanser and detoxifier. It is rich in iron oxide, which is the reason for its earthy red colour. It can be used to make poultices, skincare products, and hair masks. 

When mixing it with water, use a wooden rather than a metal spoon to preserve the electrical charge. This ionic charge enables the product to bind with toxins, helping to draw out impurities and leave the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Some people find that this product also helps their skin to regain elasticity and look smoother and more youthful. 

  • White Kaolin Clay

White Kaolin Clay is a versatile product that is particularly suitable for sensitive skin. It can be used as a cleanser and face mask, and is a popular choice as an exfoliant because it is very finely textured and causes minimal irritation to the skin. The product is rich in silicon and aluminium silicate, and is traditionally used to treat rosacea, rashes, acne, and dryness.

  • Moroccan Rhassoul Clay

Moroccan Rhassoul Clay is a mineral-rich clay that is sourced from the Atlas mountains of Morocco, where it has been used to cleanse and care for the skin for over 1,400 years. It has natural antimicrobial and cleansing properties and can be mixed with a little water to form a paste that can be used in place of soap and shampoo, and also as a face mask. 

It is used by many women as a shampoo alternative, because it contains no additives such as sulphates, surfactants, or preservatives and thickeners that are added to almost all commercial cosmetics, even if they claim to be 100 per cent organic and natural. 

Over time, these chemical additives can build up in the hair causing it to look dull and stripping away the natural protective oils. Using a natural clay product instead can help your hair to stay looking full and shiny, even if you wash it frequently. If you have very dry hair, try combining it with natural shea butter or coconut oil for extra conditioning.

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