Clay 101


If there’s a beauty product I am more than sure I’ll never stop using is clay. This goodie has been used for beauty purposes for ages, it has been used since ancient times, therefore, trust me when I say you should add it to your list of must-haves if you aint got one yet. If you are looking for the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to detox your skin, there you have it. I’m a clay lover, I’ve tried different types, so I don’t have a specific brand I’d suggest you saying this is better than other cuz all of them do pretty much the same job, is just different brand, different packaging, different sizes but the product itself do not change much in terms of properties. Although, there are different types of clay, it range from Kaolin clay (this clay has different colors—white, yellow, red, and pink are the more popular ones, all of which vary in their abilities. White kaolin clay is the gentlest and thus great for sensitive dry skin, which makes this clay better at softening than absorbing), fuller’s earth clay (this is a great oil-absorber on top of working well for addressing hyperpigmention, as it has mild bleaching properties), bentonite clay (great for oily skin, super absorbing capabilities, it can suck up all that excess sebum easily), french green clay (found in France, this clay is your go-to for exfoliation and pore-tightening on top of oil-absorption), rissole clay (great for skin & hair, very rich in minerals, this clay is the perfect magnet for sopping up all those impurities—sebum plugs, blackheads, and oil around hair follicles).

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Why you should use it: As mentioned, clay draws out the toxins of the skin, because of high level of minerals penetrating your skin it deep-cleanses every the skin leaving it firm, toned and improves the overall texture. It bring life back to your skin in a blink, the skin feels revitalized, smooth, hydrated, and it has long-term benefits such as being an anti-aging agent. If you have oily, combination or acne-prone skin type clay is a unquestionably a must, it will balance the oiliness and control the overproduction of sebum. It also heals acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, reduces the appearance of pores,

How to use it: Very simple! If is powdery mix with water, apply, let it dry and rinse with water. I always apply a generous amount and let it sit on  my skin for about 12 minutes more than that my face going to be completely dry and that is not the right way to use it. Many people, including myself, have used clay the wrong way by letting it all dry, according to Sharon McGlinchey, the creator of MV Organic Skincare, a line of organic skin-care products developed for people with high skin sensitivities. When the clay mask reaches the flaky stage “draws out moisture from the surface of your skin, causing dehydration and irritation.” The best time to rinse it is on the start to dry phase, “the start of the dry phase, which exercises your capillaries and stimulates blood flow as the mask cools and contracts.” I learn so many good things when I am reading other beauty bloggers, feels great to always learn more, and go from good to better. Apply 1-2 times a week.

Thank for reading,

Andreia Franco

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