Clay face masks are one of the easiest DIY beauty treatments
The day we discovered that smearing mud on your face was actually good for it was a pretty miraculous one. Nothing makes the skin feel as instantly soft and smooth, and yet mud masks are one of the simplest beauty recipes out there. It's therefore always a shock to see mud masks sold at overly high prices in cosmetic stores, when often the core, active ingredients - even when high quality - are relatively very cheap.
Making a mud mask is as simple as choosing your mud or clay and adding water. But if you want to take a more sophisticated approach, for example in order to target specific problem areas, then there are lots of paths you can take. Clays and muds each have unique properties that make them more or less suitable for certain skin types. You can play around further by substituting the water component in a mud face mask for natural carrier oils or hydrosols, and/or by adding essential oils or exfoliants as you see fit.
But before we get to that, we'll start by explaining the different benefits associated with each of the clays and muds we stock at Go Native, sourced from the finest suppliers around the world.
- We source our red clay from France
- Red clay gets its colour from its high iron oxide content
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces skin irritations
- Suitable for normal, dry and dull skin types
- Refreshing and cleansing
- Our green clay is ecocert-approved and sourced from France
- Versatile clay, good for all skin types
- Especially good for blemished and oily skin
Purifying clay mask recipe:
1 tablespoon green clay
aloe juice, water or oil
2 drops German chamomile or helichrysum essential oil
In a small bowl, use a fork to combine the clay with enough aloe juice/water to form a smooth paste.
Using your fingers, spread the paste on to your face and neck and allow to nearly dry. (Try to lie down.) Rinse off.
- Our bentonite clay is from Australia
- Light khaki colour with a fine to medium texture
- Very popular healing clay
- Detoxifying and clarifying
- Reduces inflammation and swelling
- We source our yellow clay from Brazil
- Rich in minerals such as copper, zinc and potassium
- Suitable for all skin types
- Frequently used in body wraps for its detoxifying effect
- Our mineral mud powder is sourced from The Dead Sea, the most saline body of water in the world, with far greater concentrations of minerals than any ocean
- Improves cell metabolism
- Contributes to regeneration and restoration of the skin
- Acts as a disinfectant
- Removes harmful substances from skin
- Good for acne, eczema, psoriasis and skin ageing
- To use, mix with water or oil to make a paste, apply and leave on the skin to dry for 15 minutes before rinsing off.
- Also known as Moroccan red clay and rhassoul clay
- We source our ghassoul clay from Morocco
- Fine, silky, pale grey powder with a hint of pink-brown
- A luxurious superfine clay powder
- Rich in minerals
- Highly esteemed for its cleansing, nourishing, exfoliating and rejuvenating properties
- When applied to the face as a mask, it feels almost as if soap has been applied, but without foaming, making it idea to cleanse the face, body or event hair
- Best for oily to normal skin
- Also known as kaolin clay or China clay
- Our white clay is sourced from the USA
- A fine, very light, soft powder
- The gentlest of the clays, good for sensitive skin types
- Especially good for normal, dry and mature skin types
- Has a very mild exfoliating effect
- Our purple clay is from Brazil, where clays are said to have the highest mineral potential in the world thanks to the unique environmental conditions they've been formed in
- Good for re-mineralising the skin
- Helps with oil control
- Natural colourant
- Good for face and body masks and body wraps
- Our pink clay is from Brazil
- Pink clay is perfect for balancing stressed and sensitive skin
- Helps to hydrate, firm and brighten
- Helps to refine delicate lines
- Improve the overall texture of the skin
Other health benefits of clay:
Clay has been used for thousands of years to treat injuries, soothe pains, heal wounds, strengthen the body’s defences, disinfect, cleanse and beautify.
Clays work wonders to cure everyday illnesses, to stimulate, reinvigorate and rejuvenate cells and tissues, making them an ideal ingredient for skin care and natural beauty products.
Clay absorbs undesirable particles, like germs, bacteria and gas; immobilises impurities or toxic substances in the body and eliminates them; and acts as a powerful antiseptic and disinfecting agent.
Clay can also destroy pathogenic germs effectively and efficiently, without endangering tissues.
Some other uses for clay: