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Have you ever heard of clay as a face mask? Clay is powerful thanks to its properties thatregenerate, heal and treat the skin. It has been used for hundreds of years in treatments, not only aesthetic, but also in the fight against pain.

Facial masks are perfect for a homemade skin treatment and beyond efficient - but before betting on green, red or black clay, you need to stay on top of important details.

Not moving your face while the clay acts on the skin, removing the product with running water and using moisturizer after the ritual are just some of the things you need to remember so that the final result is amazing!

Clays have nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and titanium that clean and moisturize, facilitate tissue reconstruction, cell reproduction, help in the elimination of toxins, in addition to regenerating and calming the skin.

It is not today that clay-based aesthetic treatments are so successful among women. Its benefits for the skin have been known for hundreds of years: the Egyptians, for example, used this product of natural origin as a component for mummification. The Greeks used hot clay to help fight rheumatic pain.

In face masks or thick layers over the body, treatments with clays also known asClay Therapy or Geotherapy help to eliminate toxins, in addition to regenerating and calming the skin. All this thanks to the rich composition of the clay, which has elements such as magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and titanium thatclean and moisturize, in addition to improving tissue reconstruction and cell reproduction.

Therefore, aesthetic procedures with clay are used both on the skin and hair. Its components are ideal for absorbing harmful toxins for the body, being antimicrobial and antiseptic. There are different types of clay, each with a different color and benefits.


The most suitable clays for frequent use are white and green. White can be used on all skin types and green promotes exfoliation, nourishes tissues with mineral salts and absorbs solar radiation, delaying aging and both are easy to find.

In the case of green clay, it’s perfect foroily skin, the use can be done every other day, while for dry skin, it is not recommended to use it more than twice a week. For daily use, rose is recommended, as it is softer. Remembering that this continuous use must be evaluated and indicated by a professional.

Types Of Clay and Its Benefits

Green clay:

Is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin. It has astringent, toning, stimulating, drying, bactericidal, analgesic and healing action if applied as a face mask in beauty treatment.

White clay

Recommended for clay and dehydrated skins. It contains the highest percentage of aluminum and its pH is very close to that of the skin. Its benefits are: lighten, absorb skin oil without dehydrating, smoothing and healing action.

Red Clay 

Is indicated for more red and pink skins. It has great ability to absorb oil and renew the structure of cells, leaving the face, body and even the hair more beautiful and functional.

Pink clay 

Is the mixture of white and red clay. Because it is softer, pink clay is indicated for delicate and delicate skins. It has disinfectant, healing and softening action.

Gray clay 

Is used on oily and blemished skin. Due to the titanium present in its composition, it fights blackheads and is an excellent exfoliator. Gray clay is a natural antioxidant, slowing down skin aging.

Black clay 

It is the noblest of all, it can also be found as virtue mud. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and anti-stress action. It is an excellent rejuvenating agent.

Golden or yellow clay

It is rich in silicon; It has a toning action and is suitable for mature and tired skin.

Brown clay

Is a rare clay for its purity. Effective against acne and has a tissue rejuvenating effect.

How to do it at home?

Decided to make a face mask? Then start the ritual by cleaning your face! This step is essential to unclog the pores well, opening the way for the clay to penetrate and renew the skin from the inside out.

A good tip is to use micellar water for this step and, thus, let the product remove all dirt, excess oil and other impurities from the face.

In the case of hair, the ideal is to use clay only at the root, especially to remove oiliness. To treat cellulite and localized fat, it is recommended, after applying the product to the skin, to cover the area with a strip. Remembering that for a better effect, it is necessary to heat the place, either in a sauna or with specific devices for this purpose.

Before using it, it is important to choose the specific clay color for each objective. During the aesthetic protocols, you might include clay due to the load of important minerals that can be replaced, making the skin nourished, firm and healthy.

How to use 

Face mask:

Clean the area to be treated with a sanitizing agent. Hydrate approximately 1 tablespoon of clay in water or thermal water. Apply to the area to be treated. Leave to act for 10 minutes. Keep the clay hydrated throughout the action time. Remove with water and apply the ideal moisturizer for the skin type.

Body mask:

Clean the area to be treated with a sanitizing agent. Hydrate the clay in water or thermal water. Apply to the region to be treated. Leave to act for 10 minutes. Keep the clay hydrated throughout the action time. Remove in the shower or with damp gauze and apply the ideal moisturizer for the skin type.

Hair mask:

Hydrate 2 tablespoons of clay in water or thermal water. Apply on the scalp. Leave to act for 10 minutes. Keep the clay hydrated throughout the action time. Remove with water and continue with the daily cleaning routine

Evelyn Setubal
Evelyn Setubal



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