Hooray for clay!

As you probably have noticed, I have been awfully quiet lately. I’m sorry about that! I promise to do my very best to be a better blogger for you. And I do have some great things in store! A couple of new post series that I’m sure you’ll love, and before that, a post about making your own makeup!

Green clay DIY face mask

But now, ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you about my newest craze. Clay! Oh my, the things it does to your skin. Cleanses, tightens, softens strenghtens and I don’t know what. If you have trouble with oily skin or acne, clay is your bestest friend in the whole wide world.

Recently, I picked up a box of green clay from an organic shop in Helsinki. Before that, I had only used white clay/kaolin clay, that I bought from the hardware store – it was  actually meant for whitening floorboards *krhm*. I mean, it’s the same product and will certainly be good for your skin, but one might assume that when making a product meant to be walked upon, they don’t really care as much about preserving all the minerals that make clay so fantastic for you.

So I was quite astounded by the way my face looked after a face wash with the green clay.

CLAYS ARE BEST for people who have trouble with oily skin, it can be a bit too drying for those who have dry skin but I’d still say it’s worth a shot, as the clay will cleanse out impurities from your skin and stimulates blood circulation. There are a few different kinds of clay and they are usually named after their color. The color variations come from their different composition of minerals, which in turn means that they suit different skin types.

Green clay – Yay, my new favorite! This clay also contains some kelp and is the most powerful one. If you have oily or even normal skin, go for this one.

Yellow clay – Good for oily to normal skin.

Red clay, pink clay – These clays are nice for normal or sensitive skin.

White clay (kaolin) – This clay is the mildest one and suits any skin type. Pick this one if you have dry skin.

Rhassoul clay is a different kind of clay, that I’ve also mentioned before. Rhassoul clay cleanses skin and hair and can be used as a substitute for soap or shampoo, but you can also use it in face masks.

Like I said, you might find clays at your local organic shop (or even in amongst floor whiteners or in the ceramics section), but if not, go online.

Green clay and egg homemade face maskTO USE CLAYS for the face, you can mix it with some water or an herbal infusion to make a face mask or a face wash. Pour a small amount of water into a small bowl and sprinkle clay over it, and allow the clay to sink down. This way you’ll avoid lumps in the mixture. Apply to face and either wash off directly or leave on for up to 15 minutes.

But wait, there’s more! You can also mix other things with your clay to make a more powerful mixture. How about an egg to treat aging skin and counterbalance the drying effects of the clay?

Whisk an egg lightly, then add about 1 tbs of clay, whisk some more until mixed. Apply to face and neck, leave on for 15 minutes. This will be enough for two masks, but don’t leave it in your fridge for more than about 5 days. If you want to make a batch for one go, you can separate the white and the yolk, and use only the white (for oily or aging skin) or the yolk (for dry or aging skin).

My own personal favourite, however, is yogurth. I don’t know if my skin has ever been so clear and smooth as it was after this treatment. Plain white yogurth, mixed with green clay half and half. 15 minutes, rinse with warm water. Easy as that. Your skin will thank you.

I’ll be adding a couple more recipes with clay during the coming week over at my recipe page, so check back!  

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