Clays & Powders
Clays & Powders
Cosmetic clays are naturally-occurring elements mined from various sources including volcanic ash, rocks, soil, or sediment. The variety of colours available reflects the unique mineral content in the soil or rock, from which the clay was sourced.
Clays have long been known to benefit all skin types by deeply cleansing the skin and removing impurities, due to their mineral-rich composition. Their ability to absorb excess oil and draw out dirt, grime and toxins from the pores of the skin, results in a smoother and brighter complexion.
Activated charcoal and other beauty powders can be added to formulations to boost their nutritional value and nourish the skin. Some clays can be ingested for the treatment of various health issues, read more below.
FRENCH RED CLAY
French red clay is derived from hematite iron and gets its reddish colour from the copper oxides found in the rock. Containing clay minerals, kaolinite, illite, montmorillonitea and calcite, French red clay deeply cleanses the skin and effectively draws out impurities, resulting in a complexion that is incredibly clean, clear, smooth and restored.
Its organic, mineral-rich composition, is incredibly beneficial in keeping skin healthy and youthful. The high traces of iron oxide help to regenerate skin tissue and cells, helping to improve skin structure and elasticity.
Mix with water to make a simple yet effective clay mask for the face or body. Or combine with other exfoliating ingredients to make a face or body scrub.
FRENCH GREEN CLAY
Throughout history, clays have been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes, due to their mineral-rich composition. French green clay belongs to a subcategory of clays known as illite clays and gets its name from a combination of decomposed plant matter, typically kelp seaweed and other algae as well as iron oxides found naturally in the rock.
These organic compounds plus a whole array of other trace minerals are incredibly nourishing on the skin and help maintain skin health. An effective cleanser and exfoliator, French green clay, when applied to the skin, stimulates blood flow and absorbs impurities from the epidermis (outer layer of the skin), as well as tightening pores and deeply cleansing and exfoliating the skin.
According to ancient beliefs, it is suggested that green clay has a negative electrical charge that helps eliminate toxins by attaching to their positive charge topically, in the bloodstream or via the intestine. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as a remedy for skin problems and digestive disorders.
Ideal for oily skin, French green clay can be mixed with water to create a mud mask and used on a weekly basis or added to your bath water to detoxify the skin and deliver essential minerals topically. Used regularly your skin will appear more refined, clear and smooth.
KAOLIN WHITE CLAY
Primarily made up from kaolinite, kaolin care is one of the most commonly occurring minerals on earth. In its purest form, kaolin clay is a bright white colour and is the mildest of all clays, making it a suitable ingredient for sensitive skin.
Used in beauty formulations, kaolin white clay works as a gentle cleanser and exfoliator, deeply cleansing pores without irritating skin. Kaolin clay has long been used as a treatment for acne and other skin conditions as it effectively absorbs excess oil from the skin, without causing inflammation or redness.
Clinical studies on the skin benefits of kaolin clay, showed a substantial improvement in skin elasticity and firmness. Regular use improves skin tone, helps diminish fine lines, firms and smooths the skin, brightens your complexion and keeps skin looking healthy and youthful.
Derived from volcanic ash, bentonite clay is five times more absorbent than kaolin clay making it particularly effective in detoxifying and deeply cleansing the pores of your skin. Widely used in spa treatments such as mud masks for the face and body, bentonite clay is rich in skin-loving minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron as well as other trace elements.
Various studies suggest bentonite clay is effective in removing toxins from the body, particularly when ingested. It works much the same way on the skin, by absorbing impurities and binding with their molecules and ions.
Bentonite clay can be mixed with water and ingested. The highly absorbable clay binds with toxins in the digestive tract and helps rid the body of impurities.
Bentonite clay is not only effective in nourishing the skin, it is also known to be beneficial in keeping your hair and scalp healthy. It is also an excellent antidote to dandruff due to its absorbency capabilities. Dandruff is caused by a fungus which feeds off excess sebum. Bentonite clay absorbs excess sebum, thus making your scalp inhospitable to fungus and preventing the formation of further dandruff.
Regular use of bentonite clay for your hair helps remove product build up and combat skin conditions such as psoriasis. Your scalp and hair will feel incredibly clean and nourished.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POWDER
Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon is a fine black powder made from exposing common charcoal to very high heat. This exposure creates very small holes that effectively absorb and trap toxins and impurities.
A buzz in the beauty world, activated charcoal works similarly to natural clays by absorbing excess oil and bacteria on the skin's surface and drawing out impurities. In deep cleansing the skin with a charcoal mask, the result is a clean, clear and refined complexion that is better equipped to absorb the nourishing ingredients from your moisturiser and other skin treatments, thus maximising their effectiveness.
Activated charcoal is gentle on the skin and non-irritating making it ideal for problem and sensitive skin. It's also naturally anti-bacterial, helping to combat acne and improve skin texture.
Activated charcoal is commonly ingested to assist in the removal of toxins and treat digestive issues such as gas, bloating and constipation. Simply mix a teaspoon in water and consume daily.