Clay masks: What are they? Why are they so popular and how to use them? French Green Clay

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French Green Clay / Illite Clay / Sea Clay

clay - French GreenFrench Green Clay is a light green, very fine clay that is collected in areas of France, areas of Europe, the United States and China.

Known for its detoxifying properties and skin care benefits, French clay is composed of a wide variety of minerals including dolomite, silica, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. Decomposed plant matter and iron oxide give the clay it’s green colour.

How does French Green Clay Work?

French green clay also has a negative charge that attracts positively charged toxins and impurities. It is also packed with minerals that benefit the skin. Its porous texture also absorbs excess oil.

What does French Green Clay Do?

  • It nourishes the skin with minerals
  • It absorbs excess oil
  • It tones and firms the skin
  • It unclogs pores by getting rid of sebum and dead skin cells
  • Treats wounds or infections by attracting and absorbing bacteria and toxins to be washed away
  • It helps to heal inflamed skin due to acne, sunburn or infection
  • It helps to soothe eczema and psoriasis

How To Use It

    1. Extracts Impurities: French Green Clay will absorb excess oil, toxins, dead skin cells and bacteria
      • Combine 2 teaspoons of French Green Clay with water to form a paste. Apply to the skin and leave on for at least 10 minutes. Rinse away with warm water.
    2. Detoxifies The Body: Negatively charged ions attract the positively charged ions of impurities in the body.
      • While you run a warm bath, mix 1 cup of French Green Clay with enough water to form a paste. Add the mixture to the bath while the water is running. Add 5 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup Epsom salt. Soak in the warm bath for 20 minutes.
    3. Exfoliates the skin: Because of its fine texture, French green clay is ideal to exfoliate sensitive skin.
      • Mix 1 teaspoon French Green Clay and a little rose water to make a soft paste. Apply to the face in gentle circular motions. Leave it on until almost dry and rinse off with lukewarm water.
    4. Calm Irritated Skin: French Green Clay soothes eczema, rashes and psoriasis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
      • Make a paste out of 1/2 a cup of French Green Clay and water. Apply it to the affected area or add it to your bath. Don’t add any essential oils that could inflame the already irritated skin. You can also combine the clay with chamomile tea to calm the skin.
    5. Controls Oil: When combined with water, French Green Clay becomes more absorbent. It will soak up excess sebum on the skin surface and from the pores. Be careful not to leave the clay on too long or it will make your skin feel dry and tight.
      • Mix 1 teaspoon French Green Clay, 1/2 teaspoon rose water and 1 drop rose oil. Apply the mixture to your skin and leave until it’s almost dry. Rinse off with warm water and splash with cool.
    6. Cleanser: Because it attracts and absorbs oils and impurities it allows them to be washed away.
      • Simply mix a little  French Green Clay with a little water in your palm and use to wash your face. You can also mix the clay with your facial cleanser. Rinse as usual.
    7. Firms Skin: French Green Clay provides the skin with nutrients, tones skin, reduces inflammation and improves skin elasticity.
      • Mix 2 tablespoons of French green clay with a tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel to form a paste. Add more if the paste is too thick. Apply to cleansed skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water.
    8. Fades Blemishes: French green clay has mild bleaching properties that fade dark spots and pigmentation. By absorbing impurities it prevents and treats spots. Anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce redness and swelling in existing spots.
      • Combine 1 tablespoon of French Green Clay, 1/2 a teaspoon lemon juice, 1 drop tea tree oil and a little water to form a paste. Apply directly to blemishes or to your whole face. Leave to dry for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.


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