The use of clay as a beauty ritual traces back to the earliest civilizations.
What are Clay Masks?
Clay masks are an ancient skincare practice that involves applying a paste or mixture made from various types of clay onto the skin. Ancient Egyptians believed using clay face masks could ward off bad luck and purify their complexion.
Dry masks have gained popularity in recent times and are the only masks we make here at Zen Soul Studio, due to their customisable nature, eco-friendliness and as they are free of water, we do not need to add any nasties or preservatives and it allow us to create ideal clay mask with botanicals and Extracts and for example Rosehip, Aloe and Chamomille powder, rather than just using clay.
Did you know that the word “kaolin” means “high ridge”? It is a reference to the hill in south-eastern China where it was first discovered and then used to make… porcelain or also called “White Gold” of all things!
Benefits of Clay Masks:
- Say goodbye to impurities: One of the most remarkable qualities of clay masks is their ability to act as a magnet for impurities. They draw out dirt, excess oil, and toxins from deep within the pores, effectively purifying the skin and leaving it refreshed and revitalized. This natural detoxification process not only promotes clearer skin but also helps prevent future breakouts
- Pore perfection: Enlarged pores can be a common skin concern, and clay masks are here to help. As the mask dries and tightens on the skin, it works to minimize the appearance of pores, giving the skin a smoother, more even texture. Regular use of clay masks can result in a noticeable improvement in the appearance of pores.
- Gentle exfoliation: Alongside its purifying properties, clay provides gentle exfoliation as you rinse off the mask. The fine particles of the clay help slough away dead skin cells, revealing a fresher, brighter complexion. This mild exfoliation promotes cell turnover, contributing to healthier, glowing skin.
- Hello, radiant skin: The exfoliating action of clay masks also aids in brightening the skin and evening out the skin tone. The removal of dull, dead skin cells allows the underlying, radiant skin to shine through, reducing the appearance of discoloration and dark spots.
Different Types of Clays:
Clay masks come in various types, each offering unique benefits for different skin types and concerns. Clay is finely grained mineral material. All clays used in skincare cleanse the skin and absorb (to some degree) excess of oil, but not all of them are suited for all skin types. For instance, if your skin is very oily, you would like to use a clay with strong absorbing properties. On the other hand, if your skin is dry, it is preferable you use a mild clay.
Here are some popular types of clay masks:
- Kaolin Clay: Kaolin clay is one of the most common clays used in cosmetics due to its versatility. It is a white clay with a fine texture, and its color can vary from yellow to light orange or rusty red, depending on the concentration of iron oxide. Kaolin clay is probably the mildest and gentlest option of them all, making it ideal for dry and sensitive skin types.
- Rose Clay (Pink Clay): Rose clay, also known as pink clay, is a type of kaolin clay with a pale pink color due to its iron oxide concentration. It can also be a combination of white and red kaolin clays, resulting in a rosy color. Rose clay is not highly absorbent, making it a mild clay ideal for dry and sensitive skin. Additionally, it has a calming effect and contains noteworthy anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in soothing the skin and reducing blemishes. We use Pink Clay in our Calming Rose or Nordic Glow Face masks.
- French Green Clay: Also known as Montmorillonite or Sea Clay, French Green Clay gets its color and name from the combination of iron oxides and decomposed plant matter, usually algae. This clay is famous for its remarkable astringent properties, making it excellent for absorbing excess sebum and tightening pores. French Green Clay is suitable for oily, acne-prone, normal, and combination skin types. We use this Clay in our Puryfying Kelp mask.
Tips & Tricks:
- Generous Application: When applying a clay mask, be generous with the amount of product you use. Ensure you cover your entire face, avoiding the delicate areas around the eyes and lips. A thicker layer allows for better absorption and ensures that you don’t miss any spots on your face.
- Avoid Broken or Sensitive Skin: Clay masks can be potent and applying them to broken or sensitive skin may lead to irritation or discomfort. It’s best to avoid using clay masks on any open wounds or areas with active skin conditions to prevent further aggravation.
- Do not let your mask dry completely: It can be too dehydrating for your skin. Remove the mask, when you see that it starts getting dry spots in the mask.
- Moisturise After Use: For those with dry skin, clay masks can be slightly drying. If you notice your skin feeling parched after using a clay mask, follow up with one of our face oils immediately after removing the mask. This will help lock in moisture and replenish your skin’s hydration levels.
- Limit Frequency: If you have dry or sensitive skin, consider using clay masks less frequently to avoid excessive drying. Once a week may be sufficient to enjoy the benefits without overburdening your skin, depending on your skin type.
- Sensitivity Check: Before applying a clay mask for the first time, it’s a good idea to do a patch test on a small area of your skin. This will help you determine if your skin reacts adversely to the product. If irritation occurs, discontinue use, and opt for a different type of clay mask.
- Wet Application: If you find that the mask is too intense for your skin, try applying it to damp or wet skin. This can help reduce the mask’s tightening effect and make it more comfortable to wear. Never let the mask fully dry! And gently remove the mask with a flannel.
- Read the Label: We do recommend, that you read the label, to learn what’s in your clay mask. We have seen so many masks, that include nothing but a few clays and nothing else (and that’s ok too), but, our mask are full of botanics and extracts specifically selected for each mask and it’s properties.
- Did you know that you dont have to use water to mix your mask ? You could mix with Rose water, Juices or even yoghurt or Aloe vera juice. But our masks packs a real punch, so you probably don’t need it.
With a wide array of clay options available, you can choose the perfect mask to cater to your skin’s needs. The natural wonders of clay bring forth a treasure trove of benefits, from deep cleansing to gentle exfoliation and soothing properties. Embrace the wisdom of ancient skincare traditions and unlock the beauty of clay masks for your radiant and glowing skin.
Here at Zen Soul Studio, we have 3 Clay masks, for ecah skin need:
SuperGreens Botanical Face Clay Mask with Neroli – Blendede with Kelp and Matcha. A proper skin detox and great for acne prone skin including mature acne. Suit all skin types.
Nordic Glow Clay Face mask – Super nourishing with Arctic berries and Arctic oat, Juniper berry essentail oil and Pink Clay
Harmony Rose Botanical Clay Face Mask – Pink Clay with Rose petals and Rosehip for normal to sensitive skin and for smoothing out skin tone for that radiant Glow
Why not try one ech of these amazing Clay masks in our Trio Botanical Clay mask.