4 Best Clays to Help Detox and Rejuvenate Your Skin
Clay is a finely-grained natural rock or soil material that combines one or more clay minerals with possible traces of quartz, metal oxides and organic matter. Throughout history people have developed the art of forming clay to make ceramic objects and pottery.
The first recorded use of medicinal clay is written on Mesopotamian clay tablets around 2500 B.C. Also, ancient Egyptians used clay. The Pharaohs’ physicians used clay for its anti-inflammatory agents and antiseptics. It was used as a preservative for making mummies and is also reported that Cleopatra used clays to preserve her complexion.
Four popular clays for skin products are Bentonite, Australian Reef Red, Kaolin White, and Rhassoul.
Bentonite clay is one of the most popular and powerful clay skincare ingredients. The U.S. is one of the top producers of bentonite clay worldwide. Bentonite clay is derived from naturally occurring volcanic ash. It’s highly absorbent and has a high percentage of montmorillonite, a soft group of earth minerals. Bentonite clay draws impurities and oil to your skin’s surface and absorbs oil while tightening and toning your skin. When mixed with water, the clay swells and allows for maximum absorption of sebum and surface debris. This impurity magnet is ideal for oily and congested skins prone to acne, as well as people with mild eczema and rosacea. Bentonite clay is also a great addition to foot and body treatments.
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