Which clay is best for my skin?
Let’s take a look at the special characteristics of the seven clays most commonly used: kaolin clay (white), green, red, yellow, pink, ghassoul, and bentonite.
White clay (kaolin)
White clay is the softest and least drying to the skin. It is best for people with dry and sensitive skin and can even be used instead of talcum powder to prevent diaper rash. It covers well and is used in natural cosmetics. It is also often used in body care products such as toothpaste, deodorant, and shaving cream. In hair masks, it can be used to revitalize dry and damaged hair.
When added to soap, kaolin white clay adds a silky slipperiness to the lather.
French green clay (montmorillonite) is highly absorptive and adsorptive. It can be used for normal, mixed, and oily skin and can absorb excess sebum on both the skin and the scalp. A green clay mask cleans acne-prone skin. Green clay can also be used to add a beautiful green colour to soap.
Red kaolin is good for sensitive or reactive skin that’s prone to redness. It cleansins, purifyies, absorbs, and tonifyes the skin purifies the skin. Rich in iron and trace elements, red clay leaves the complexion radiant.
It is used to tint homemade soaps and make-up red (a very natural “earthy” red colour).
Pink clay results from the skilful blending of red illite clay and white kaolin clay. It is ideal for use with normal and sensitive skin types due to its unique balance of properties. The red clay provides deep absorption while the gentle white clay keeps the skin from becoming overly dry. It can be used as a hair bath for all types of hair. Used as a cosmetic clay in the manufacture of coloured powder, it adds its mattifying action to foundation and blush.
Pink clay adds an antique pink colour and a soft, slippery lather to soap.
Yellow clay (illite)
Yellow illite soap has soothing properties and is safe for use on sensitive, mature, mixed, normal, dull, and oily skin. Ideal for skin with pigmentation marks. It leaves skin fresh and bright.
When used in soap, yellow clay adds a gold colour, has a natural foaming effect, and acts as a gentle exfoliant.
Ghassoul (or rhassoul) takes its name from the verb rhassala,” meaning “to wash” in Arabic, and has cleansing properties. The only known natural deposit of this clay is in Morocco. Rhassoul clay is particularly recommended for sensitive, acne-prone (blackheads), mixed, and oily skin, sensitive scalps, oily hair, and dandruff. It is gentler than traditional shampoos and adds incredible volume to hair.
A mild exfoliant; adds a beige/brown colour to soap
Bentonite evolves from volcanic ash. When wet, it expands to 10 to 15 times its original volume and can absorb 6.5 times its dry mass in water. Bentonite is the most absorbent and adsorbent clay and seems to draw out the most skin impurities.
Bentonite is particularly recommended for oily, acne-prone skin. It has exfoliating properties and helps reduce the appearance of pores and blackheads.
Since it absorbs an enormous quantity of liquid, it is not recommended for use in soap.