Types of Clay for Skincare!


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Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay consists of aged volcanic ash also known as Montmorillonite. It contains high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.

  • Detoxifying
  • Controls Excess Sebum
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antibacterial

Fuller’s Earth Clay

It is very strong, and for best results combine with a small amount of bentonite or Kaolin clay. It is also known as Bleaching Clay, Whitening Clay, and Multani mitti or mud from Multan.

  • Lightens Skin (helps hyperpigmentation)
  • Controls Sebum (best for oily skin)
  • Improves Circulation

Kaolin Clay

Comes in white, yellow, red, and pink colors each with slightly different characteristics, also known as China Clay. The a fine very light and most versatile and easily applied clay.

  • Gentle (white is the most gentle, then yellow, then pink)
  • Cleanses
  • Exfoliating (white, yellow, pink)
  • Detoxifying (pink, especially red)
  • Softens (pink, especially white all good for dry skin)
  • Controls Sebum (yellow, pink, especially red)
  • Improves Circulation (yellow)
  • Good for Sensitive Skin (especially white and yellow; pink for oily)

French Green Clay

A green clay (should never be any other color), also called Illite Clay or Sea Clay. The color comes from decomposed plant material and iron oxide.

  • Tingling (not recommended for sensitive skin)
  • Improves Circulation
  • Toning
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Controls Excess Sebum

Rhassoul Clay

Comes from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas Mountains in Morocco; also called Ghassoul Clay, Red Clay, and Red Moroccan Clay. Has an elastic texture so not drying. Great for skin and hair. It has a high negative charge and it can help draw out blackheads and other impurities from skin. This also makes it beneficial as a make-up remover or all-purpose face wash.

  • Detoxifying
  • Softening
  • Controls Sebum
  • Exfoliating

Fun DIY Recipes For Your Face & Body With Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Exfoliating Brightening Pumpkin Mask

2 TBSP raw pumpkin or butternut squash finely grated or pureed

add 1 egg white, 1 TSP lemon or lime or tomato juice, & 1 1/2 TSP honey

Mix together and apply to a cleansed face, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.


Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Mix 1/4 cup coarse brown sugar with olive, grapeseed, or almond oil (just enough oil to make a paste)

Apply to the paste in a gentle scrubbing motion to your body, excluding the face for 1 minute. Rinse off and towel dry.


Oily Skin Cranberry Mask

2 TBSP pureed fresh cranberries

1 TBSP honey

1 TBSP cranberry juice, no sugar added or apple cider vinegar

Mix together and apply to a cleansed face, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.


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If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in these recipes, don’t make them.

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