For more than a decade, cosmetic clay has been one of the most popular cosmetic products. And no wonder, because clay has unique properties. In many ways, this can be explained by the variety of trace elements that make up this natural cosmetic product.
Clay contains mineral salts, as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, nitrogen and other elements.
One of the main advantages of this cosmetic product is its availability – it can be purchased at any pharmacy and at a very affordable price.
Clay-based masks can be used for any type of skin (both dry and oily). Cosmetic clay has long been used to eliminate excess oil, flaking and redness.
In cosmetology, several types of clay are used:
Each type differs in the content of active elements, and cosmetic properties. Below is a brief description of the use of all major types of clay.
White clay or kaolin has drying properties, perfectly narrows pores, and eliminates excess fat. It also has a mild bleaching effect.
Cosmetologists especially appreciate its bactericidal properties, so white clay is often added as an antiseptic to cosmetics.
As a rule, kaolin-based masks are recommended for women with oily skin.
Blue clay is the most valuable of the entire “clay family”. It is actively used not only in cosmetology, but also in medicine. Since ancient times, in folk medicine, it has been used to treat such serious diseases as ulcers, tuberculosis, alcoholism, metabolic disorders … Blue clay, like white clay, is well suited for oily skin. It has antiseptic properties, helps prevent acne, promotes the rapid healing of small wounds on the skin, improves complexion, brightens age spots and even helps reduce expression lines.
This type of clay has received such an unusual shade due to the presence in its composition of a large amount of iron oxide, zinc and silver.
As well as blue and white clay, it is most often used for oily skin. It has antiseptic and rejuvenating properties, cleanses pores, improves the functioning of the sebaceous glands. Soothing masks using green clay have proven themselves well. For the preparation of homemade cosmetics, it is good to mix green and white clay.
The color of such clay is obtained due to the presence of iron oxide and copper in its composition. Its main unique feature is the ability to actively saturate the human body with iron.
As for the use in cosmetology, it has less pronounced cleansing properties than its counterparts listed above. However, it can be used for dry and sensitive skin. It perfectly relieves irritation and redness on the skin of the face, helps with allergic rashes, eliminates itching and flaking. Improves blood circulation, saturates skin cells with oxygen molecules.
For sensitive skin, it is good to use a mask of red clay and sour cream.
This cosmetic product is the result of the combination of blue and red clay. Perhaps that is why it can be used for any type of skin. Pink clay is good for cleansing and moisturizing the face. The skin after its application becomes more elastic and velvety.
It is rich in quartz, which contributes to the rapid removal of toxins from tissues. It is impossible to unequivocally answer the question for which type of skin this type of clay is best suited. Here, everything is increasingly determined by the individual characteristics of the skin of the face, as well as by what ingredients it is mixed with.