Mankind has been using clays as skin care products since
ancient times. Clays are naturally-occurring silicates
of the earth, containing minerals, trace elements and nutrients.
When used as face and body masks, they help absorb excess oil,
dirt and toxins, while simultaneously exfoliating dead skin cells
and improving the skin’s circulation. They help purify, nourish
and tone the skin and leave it feeling youthful and soft.
Dry, Sensitive and Mature Skin
Red powder clay helps in skin conditions such as rosacea from
broken capillaries, sunburn, eczema and psoriasis. The clay helps
re-balance dry, flaky, or mature skin, reduce sensitivity and
improves the skin’s texture and elasticity. Women also use red
powder clay masks to reduce bags under the eyes and as moisturiser
for normal skin types. As an all over body treatment, people use
it two to three times a week to help tone the bust, thighs,
stomach and upper arms.
Red Clay Mask and Acne
Moroccan red clay has excellent astringent properties, which
makes it suitable for acne-prone skin. It cleanses and exfoliates
inflamed skin, detoxifies and improves blood circulation. The
red clay reduces congestive pigmentation in problem areas where
pimples previously formed, and improves the skin’s texture, making
it feel soft and fresh.
Recipe for Red Clay Mask
In a glass, pottery or wooden bowl, mix 2 tsp. of red powder
clay with mineral, plain or distilled water until you obtain a
creamy paste. Allow the clay to stand for a few minutes to absorb
the moisture. Apply to cleansed face and throat, avoiding the eye
area. Rinse with warm water after 15 to 20 minutes, or when the
clay dries completely. You may experience a slight redness, which
soon disappears. Stop using the mask if a rash appears. Use this
mask at least twice a week as part of your complete skin care
regimen. For an enhanced experience, mix the red clay with aloe
vera juice, apple cider vinegar or floral waters. Alternatively,
add finely-ground herbs or essential oils such as chamomile,
marigold, calendula petals and peppermint leaves, lavender,
juniper, rose, geranium and marshmallow root.