Today we will discuss some different types of clay and what type of clay should be used on a specific skin type, but before getting into all that let us know what is clay. So basically clay is a soft, loose, earthy material containing particles with a grain size of fewer than 4 micrometers. It forms as a result of the weathering and erosion of rocks containing the mineral group feldspar (known as the ‘mother of clay’) over vast spans of time.
During weathering, the feldspar content is altered by hydrolysis(reaction with water) to form clay minerals such as kaolinites (the principal minerals in kaolin clays) and smectites (the principal minerals in bentonite clays). Commercially, the most important clays are known as kaolin and bentonite.
There are 7 main types of clay for skin
- Moroccan red clay
- White kaolin clay
- Bentonite clay
- French green clay
- Fuller’s earth clay
- Ghassoul clay
- Cambrian blue clay
Depending on the type of clay you use, it can help pull out impurities from inside pores, heal allergic skin reactions, ease effects of sunburn, boost elasticity and balance oil production. Do not use metal containers, spoons or lids when storing or using clay as the metal will interfere with the clay’s efficacy
Now we all have different skin types and textures from oily to dry and acne prone to sensitive. Each of these clay can specifically work for a particular skin type. Let us have a look
Oily/Acne prone skin
Moroccan red clay and White kaolin clay both are best choices for balancing oily skin and unclogging dirty pores. They absorb excess oil and are often used in various deodorants and face masks. White Kaolin Clay is a very fine and light clay, mostly made up of the mineral kaolinite, and is common in many cosmetic products. Moroccan Red Clay is mined in the mountains of Morocco and deeply cleanses the pores while stimulating circulation yet it’s still gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Normal to Oily
Bentonite clay, formed from volcanic ash, is the most widely used clay and will be perfect if you aren’t quite sure which clay is right for you. It can absorb excess oil and tighten skin simultaneously. This is good for people with normal skin texture as this clay will not make skin extremely dry. Bentonite Clay also has healing properties internally and is often used to treat digestive issues. Named from a large deposit found in Fort Benton, Wyoming, this clay can definitely take a permanent residence in your medicine cabinet.
Rhassoul clay is rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium. This is also Mined in Eastern Morocco, Rhassoul/ ghassoul Clay is found to have higher percentages of magnesium and silica, making it silky smooth and the ultimate choice for luxury spa treatments. For skin that is losing elasticity and needs deep exfoliation, Rhassoul Clay is the perfect ingredient to firm and revitalize. This clay is the most hydrating clay, as it doubles when water is added, helping the skin retain moisture.
A sedimentary clay, Fuller’s Earth has lightening properties for pigmented and aging. This is one of the most famous and widely used clay. Every household has this miracle powder, especially in the summer months. This has become a choice clay for drawing out excess sebum and decolorizing (lightening) oil out of pores. Try the freshly hand ground fuller’s earth powder from our brand Chiara.
While this type of clay is quite rare, it’s a seriously a great anti-pollutant. Blue clay is renowned for its gentleness and invigorating virtues, restoring vitality to both your hair and skin. Blue clay is particularly effective for mature or oily skin, and for dry or colored hair. Removes impurities, pollution, and dead skin Oxygenates the skin restores radiance and brightness to hair and skin, Nourishes the hair, Repairs and protects skin from external aggressors.
So these are some types of skin clay. Use according to your skin type and feel the difference.