Clay is one of the earth’s most natural gifts to the skincare lovers of the world. For many people, there has been a shift towards choosing products with natural ingredients and the avoidance of harsh chemicals. There are many organic ingredients that natural skincare enthusiasts love, and clay is among the most popular. Clay is naturally formed by natural materials that contain a specific mineral (feldspar) become eroded by the elements and weather over time. These natural materials range from rocks, volcanic ash, mineral deposits and soils that have been worn down to a very fine size (less than 0.005 millimeters in diameter.) Clay has a soft, smooth texture when wet, making it perfect to spread onto the skin. There are many varieties of natural clay used for skincare, and each variety is slightly different depending on which combination of minerals it contains.
One of the main characteristics of clay that is beneficial for skincare purposes is its ability to draw out and attract elements into itself. This can be illustrated by the idea of a face mask. When you apply a soft clay face mask, it will begin to draw out oils, toxins and impurities from the skin. Depending on which variety of clay it is, it will either absorb it directly into itself or it will hold onto it and leave it on its own surface. In either circumstance, the impurities are being drawn out of your skin by the layer of clay you have applied. This makes natural clay one of the most popular face mask materials due to its detoxifying properties. The clay texture is also supple, smooth, and easy to apply to the skin gently. Clay is especially beneficial for those suffering from acne breakouts. It can also be helpful to those who suffer from very oily skin. Clay can help absorb excess oils in the skin to help reduce the look of shininess.
Clay is extremely rich in minerals and these minerals are released into your skin when applied. There are many different types of clay and each has its own beneficial effects depending on its mineral composition. Clays contain different amounts of minerals such as aluminum oxide, potassium oxide, calcium oxide or silicone oxide. These minerals all have different effects on your skin, so it is important to find which variety of clay is best suited to your skin type.