Using Natural Clays For Skincare

 

One of the most popular classes that I teach is called Rubs, Scrubs & Suds.

In this class we teach participants how to make simple, but effective skincare products and  one of these is our mud pack, which is made with natural clays.

Clays & Muds have a high mineral content which make them effective as cleansers, detoxifiers, exfoliating, healing and soothing.

Like food ingredients our skincare ingredients have a shelf life and in most cases the same rules apply..

Below is an example of care and storage of clays but the same applies to most ingredients.

Cosmetic Clays

  • Store cosmetic clays in air-tight containers away from sunlight.
  • Do not store your clays in metal containers, and do not use metal utensils when working with the clays.
  • Don’t allow unsterilized items like your fingers to come into direct contact with the clays that you are storing.
  • Instead, scoop out the quantity that you need using a clean non-metallic utensil and leave the integrity of your primary quantity of clay untouched.
  • Do not allow moisture or water to come into contact with your cosmetic clays until you are ready to use them. Water promotes deterioration

 

There are numerous clays that you can purchase, but choose the one that best suits your skin type.

  • Red Clay: For dehydrated and mature skin.
  • Pink Clay: For use on all skin types. Firms and tones the skin, especially the bust, neck, upper arms and stomach.
  • White Clay: For sensitive and dry skin. A good mixer to tone down stronger clays
  • Yellow Clay: A wonderful pick me up for all skin types, and can be used to create face and body masks.
  • Green Clay: For tissue repair. Draws toxins. Use: As a beauty mask; to treat cellulite; as a gentle cleanser.

 

SIMPLE CLAY MASK RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Select the clay that sits your skin type eg green clay for skin that is sensitive
  • 1 tsp honey
  • water (oily skin), half and half (combination skin) or jojoba oil (dry skin)
  • 2 parts liquid to 1 part clay
  • Optional – your favourite essential oil

To prepare:

Choose your liquid based on your skin type.

  • For oily skin, choose water/hydrosol.
  • For Combination skin, choose milk or half and half and
  • For dry skin, try jojoba oil.

Add more liquid if your clay is too dry and if you prefer a fragrance add a few drops of the essential oil.

Apply your mask and leave it on for mask on for 15 minutes or until it dries.

A simple, but effective face mask that you can make at home.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredient Storage & Handling Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage  – Like food ingredients our skincare ingredients have a shelf life and in most cases the same rules apply:

  • In most cases the most important thing is to keep ingredients dry,
  • in dark jars and out of direct sunlight
  • in temperatures that are between 20 – 30 C
  • Keep your fingers out of your ingredients
  • .Always use a scoop.

Below is an example of care and storage of clays but the same applies to most ingredients.

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