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The Benefits & Types of Clay

Did you know all clay remove harmful toxins from the body through the skin if used as a face or body mask? Often times when toxins build up in our bodies we have no idea it is happening. Everyday you attract toxins that are in different places around your community. Toxins can build up inside the body and show throughout the skin because of the different food and drinks we eat. Toxins can also come from the electromagnetic field radiation from your cell phone, chemicals in the air, and many other.

It can cause brain fog, constipation, low energy levels, headaches and other body aches, and skin issues. If you don’t remove toxins from your body they can develop dis-ease that can eventually turn into cancers. Many cultures take clay internally to medicinally treat inflammation and help remove sores and ulcers from the digestive tract. You can treat yourself with a simple face mask or bath soak to help get rid of those day to day toxins.

With so many types of clay, it can be hard to determine which type of clay is best for your skin type. The most important facts to pay attention to is the many types of minerals, pH levels, and absorption rates. The most absorbing is for oily skin types while the least absorbing is for dry skin types. This is because the higher the rate the more oils it removes from your skin.

  • Kaolinite Clay: 65%
  • Illite Clay: 150-200%
  • Bentonite Clay: 300 – 700%

The pH level is another important factor to determine the overall health of your skin.  When the pH level is too high, your skin can sometimes be unable to properly combat the harmful microbes and free radicals that speed up the aging process. This happens to specific skin types and is more common with people with dry skin. The higher the pH level of the clay you use, the more damage it will do to your skin in this regard.

  • Bentonite Clay: 8 – 9.7
  • Illite Clay: 7.75
  • Rhassoul Clay: 7 – 7.5
  • Kaolinite (all colors): 6

Most clay has some of the same benefits including oil balancing, mild exfoliation, detoxifying, tightening pores, removing acne scars, ridding and blackheads and whiteheads, and helping with blemishes and discoloration. Below is a list of types of clay, benefits, where they come from, and ways to use them best.

White Clay is a great skin softner. There are many types of kaolinite/kaolin clay available, but white is the most purest form. It contains silica, copper, selenium, maganese magnesium, and zinc. Where it is mined plays a major role in how to use it and for what skin problems. Kaolin clay has a much lower pH level than Bentonite and other clays, meaning it’s far less damaging to the pH level of your skin. You can use this clay on all skin types but it works best for sensitive skin that is also oily.

Pink Rose Clay is a type of kaolinite clay that is made up of mostly silica although it does contain copper, selenium, manganese magnesium and zinc. Silica is a natural anti-inflammatory substance that also helps lock in moisture making this clay work best for dry and/or sensitive skin. It get its name from the color of the clay. It mixes well with water, mildly exfoliates, and doesn’t cause the skin to become dry and irritated. This clay is the most hydrating and will make your skin feel soft and supple without overdrying.

French Green Clay is an illite clay that makes your skin very silky feeling. It contains aluminum, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, silica, sodium, and titanium. French clay can be a mixture of kaolinite, montmorillinite, and illite and can come in many different colors. It is great at tightening pores and you can feel and actually see the difference for at least an hour after rinsing it off. This clay can be used on all skin types.

Rhassoul Moroccan Clay is a type of montmorillonite made by volcanic ashes and seawater mixing together over a period of time. Ths exotic clay is found in in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. It is rich in potassium, silica, potassium, magnesium and calcium. This clay removes negative and positive toxins from the body and is best for blackheads, tightening pores, and balancing oily skin. It is a mild exfoliating clay like all other clay. The high concentration of natural minerals in Rhassoul help replenish depleted minerals in your skin, resulting in a firmer, plumper, and more even-toned complexion.

Red Moroccan Clay is great for oily skin and all hair types. It is red because of its significant amount of naturally-occurring dolomite, silica, ferric oxide and mineral oxides. It is oily, mildly absorbent, and effective in skin cleansing and detoxifying. The high iron oxide content, giving the clay its red color, helps revitalize the skin’s appearance and brightness. It softens and hydrates dry skin conditions such as rosacea, sunburns, eczema, and psorisis. The clay helps re-balance dry flaky or mature skin, improves  skin’s texture and elasticity.

Bentonite Clay makes a great foot soak or bath soak. It is best to apply the paste only on the fungal (eczema, psosriasis, etc.) spots when using it on dry skin. It removes positive and negative toxins from the body and is one of the strongest clay available. Using it as a hair mask can help get rid of fungal problems and dandruff. Mix with apple cider vinegar to prevent clumps when making a mask because they are both alkaline and this will make a smoother texture.

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