Why is clay good for your skin? Clay has many great benefits for the skin, it softens, cleanses and re-hydrates your complexion.
Different clays have various uses, some are better for oily skin and others hydrate, unclog pores and remove impurities. Work out which skin type you have before choosing what different clays to use.
What does kaolin clay do for skin?
Kaolin clay is a great ingredient for most skin types, it isn’t too drying to irritate sensitive skin so it’s a good starting point for dry, normal and combination skin types. Kaolin works to absorb excess sebum and prevents pores from getting clogged. Like most clays, it draws out impurities, toxins and dirt from the complexion and cleanses.
What does pink clay do for skin?
Pink clay works to brighten complexion, and removes dead skin cells for brighter and smoother texture. It reduces excess oil production and helps to keep the skin appear more mattifying - this is a great product for anyone with combination, acne-prone or oily skin types.
What does rose clay do for your skin?
Rose skin is gentle, it often doesn’t cause redness or irritation and isn’t overly drying. It will buff away dead skin cells, leaving softer and smoother skin underneath. It absorbs excess oils, reduces impurities and exfoliates. Rose is also good for redness and sensitive skin types.
What does aztec clay do for your skin?
Aztec clay is ideal for controlling sebum production and reducing the appearance of pores, so is a great contender for acne-prone and oily skin types. If used once or twice a week, it’ll help draw out toxins and impurities, unclog pores and remove oil.
What does bentonite clay do for skin?
Bentonite clay is a white clay best used with people who have oily, acne-prone or combination skin. It works hard to remove sebum, oil, dirt and grease and offers anti-inflammatory properties.
As it works like a sponge, it may be too drying for sensitive or dry skin, but is fine to use for normal skint types. You may find using a bentonite clay soap works well on the T-zone.
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What is the best clay mask for oily skin?
If you have oily skin type, either use bentonite clay or aztec clay to combat oil production, excess sebum and acne. They also both work on removing grease and dirt, leaving a less shinier and greasy complexion.
How often should you use a clay mask for oily skin?
The type of clay depends on what benefits you need most - you may find, if you have combination skin, that you could use two different clays in various areas.
You could utilise bentonite clay in your T-zone to combat oil and grease, and unclog pores, and then swipe pink clay on your cheeks for a smoother and brighter complexion without overly drying the skin.
Which clay is best for skin whitening?
To brighten your complexion, opt for pink clay masks, gels and infused scrubs. Pink clays remove dead skin cells, exfoliate, and buffs away dry skin, leaving behind a smoother complexion.
Which clay is best for sensitive skin?
If you have sensitive or dry skin, avoid using clays that work to remove oil and grease, as they’ll end up drying or irritating your skin further. Avoid aztec, bentonite and activated charcoal based clays, and instead use rose or pink clay to add hydration and reduce redness.
When to use clay mask in a skin care routine?
Clay masks can be used once or twice a week as part of your normal skincare routine. After cleansing, apply an even layer and allow 20-30 minutes until it’s completely dry. Then use warm water or a wet flannel/muslin cloth to gently wipe away the mask.
Once clean, follow up with your normal skincare routine with toners, serums and moisturisers. With clay masks you don’t need to use an exfoliator, as they reduce excess dirt, dry skin and sebum, so there’s no need to scrub your face further.
If you don't want to try a clay mask, you could try products with clay infused in the recipe with double benefits, like our Bentonite clay vegan soap bar.