How to Clay the right way!!!

May 11, 2016

 

 

 

Clays have been use for centuries, the first recorded use of clay was in Mesopotamia. They were believed that thanks to their mineral rich content they had curative powers. Healing clays comes from different places, with different colours and properties. The most famous are: bentonite, French green, fuller's earth, rhassoul and kaolin clay.

 

 

Bentonite Clay: (bottom left corner)

 

One of the most well known clays, bentonite clay has been use for centuries. Comes from actually occurring volcanic ash sediments.

Bentonite clays has the ability to absorb toxins like heavy metal by attracting them to its extensive surface and then absorbs the toxin like a sponge.

 

When mix with water, this clay changes to produce a negative electric charge that attracts positively charge molecules.

This clay could be use internally to cleanse the body of toxins. Please use caution when using Bentonite clay internally and make sure to drink lots and lots of water.

 

 

 

French Green Clay: (top right corner)

 

It is rich in magnesium and other trace mineral, as well as organic plant matter witch along side iron oxide determine its soft green colour

The greatest benefit of green clay (besides absorb and remove impurities) is the stimulating of blood flow to create a healthy and glowing skin.

This clay is selective allowing healing to take place at a natural rate. Unlike other clays, French clay contains several elements that work the epidermis in its own way, independently from each other.

 

 

Fuller’s Earth Clay: (center)

 

Also know as Multani Mitti, this clay contains magnesium, quartz, silica, iron, calcium, dolomite and calcite.

It has oil absorbing, cleansing and antiseptic properties. 

Because of it's powerful oil absorbing properties this clay shouldn't be use by itself. You will need to moisturize after.

 

 

Rhassoul Clay: (top left corner)

 

From the Atlas Mountains of Morocco this clay has been use for centuries.

It is very rich in magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium with a high level of ions exchange. This gives its capacity of absorption and a reputation of been more effective in skin treatments than other clays.

Whilst it is extremely absorbent and great for cleansing skin as well as moisturizing it.

 

 

Kaolin Clay: (bottom right corner)

 

Also known as white clay, kaolin clay has a variety of uses.

It is the mildest of this clays and does not draw oils from the skin so it is suitable for sensitive and dry skin.

 

 

 

 

How to use clays:

 

Believe it or not there are a few tcommon mistakes that people make when using clays. Here  listed a few points to remember before making your next face mask:

 

1. Never use a metal or plastic container.

2. Treatment shouldn't be interrupted, even momentarily.

3. Use unboiled water. Cold water for a cooling effect and warm or hot for a revitalizing effect.

4. Avoid applying clay on 2 main organs at the same time.

5. The clay paste should be smooth, homogeneous and thick enough that will not flow. Clay should be discarded after use.

 

 

 

Common ways to apply clay:

 

 

Poultice: with a wooden spoon spread a layer of mixed clay on the cloth. Thickness may vary up to 2 cm. A poultice should be larger than the area to be treated. Ideally the clay should be in direct contact with the skin, though if poultice is for application to a sensitive or hairy areas a light gauze may be place between the skin and the clay. The poultice will remain in place for a few hours or all night long.

 

 

Compress: a compress is prepare from a thin paste of clay (adding more water to the mixture) in which a cloth is soaked giving it a light coating of the mixture. The compress may Raman in place for a few hours or all night.

 

 

Mask: it is the most popular use for clays. And here is where i see the most common mistake. The paste, not too thick or too thin, needs to be applied in a thin layer on the face (protecting your eyes) and kept as long as it stays humid (10-15 minutes). Do NOT let the clay dry completely as it will draw out moisture from the skin and you will have a tight feeling on the skin. Your skin should feel nice and moist.

 

Clay masks can me made with water (easiest, good for all skin types), strong concentrated tea (good to add nourishment), apple cider vinegar (to cleanse, good for oily or combination skin), aloe vera (to hydrate, good for sensitive, mature or dry skin) or honey (great for cleansing and healing the skin).

 

Remember to not let the mask fully dry so it will not draw moisture from your skin. Use wooden, glass or porcelain utensils and containers.

 

 

Here are a few simple recepies:

 

Dry, mature and sensitive skin:

2 tbsp of clay paste 

2 drops rosewood eo

2 drops Orange eo

2 drops clary sage

Mix clay paste with essential oils. Apply to your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse.

 

 Normal and combination skin:

2 tbsp of clay paste 

2 drops of lavender eo

2 drops of Rosemary eo

2 drops of frankincense eo

Mix clay paste with essential oils. Apply to your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse.

 

Oily and problem skin:

2 tbsp of clay paste

2 drops of bergamot eo

2 drops of tea tree eo

2 drops of geranium eo

Mix clay paste with essential oils. Apply to your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse.

 

 

 

 

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