There are different clay colors around, made to treat different skin problems. Know the main ones and their properties.
Green, red, white … it’s likely that in recent times you’ve heard a lot of people talk about natural clays and all its benefits if used as skin treatments – whatever it is. And not to be outdone: both in their in natura state and when inserted in formulas of industrialized products, the clays, besides being a maximum tendency in the field of skincare , can indeed do wonders for their skin.
“Natural products have biocompatibility with the skin, which means a ‘likeness’. In this way, they act with less risk of irritations and allergies, bringing much more effective results without attacking – neither the skin nor our ecosystem “, explains the cosmetologist and technical coordinator of Extracts of the Earth.
However, before leaving once for the treatments with clay, it is valid to know the properties of each one of them, to know which one is best suited to the needs of your skin and also the possible reactions when using them. The biomedical and cosmetologist Luciana Godinho suggests that before using any product, be it natural or not, it is important to test the skin, applying small amounts, to know if you are subject to allergic reactions – of course this applies to clays , which should only be applied to the face if it is very clean and without any makeup residue .
Ah! it is also important to invest in clays registered by Anvisa to be used on the skin, as Elizete reports. Did you note it? Know the following the main types of natural clays for the skin .
There are several types of clays found in the market and, to differentiate them, it is enough to observe their colors carefully, determined by different chemical compositions. Perhaps the best known is the green clay , recommended for people with oily skin and acne , since it has a dry action and helps control the natural oil produced by the body.
In addition, green clay is rich in silicon and zinc, has astringent, invigorating, stimulating, bactericidal, analgesic and (ufa!) Healing action, nourishing the tissues and absorbing solar radiation, which retards the aging of the skin. In general terms, harnessing the green clay to treat the skin is more or less like investing in a less potent ‘natural peeling’ but with detox effect.
White clay or vanilla
Already more dry skin , sensitive and ask for hydration must turn to lighter clays, such as white and vanilla, which also work well in other types of skins.
With soothing properties, softening, healing, decongestant and whitening, they have a significant percentage in aluminum, with pH very close to our skin in its natural state. These types of clay help absorb the oiliness of the skin without dehydrating it, and because they have mild tensile action (that is, they do not overturn the face), are also good alternatives to use just after sun exposure – did anyone speak on the beach?
As if that were not enough, white clay has an equally positive effect when used to enhance the hydration of dry hair (in the form of a capillary mask).
Known for being the noblest of the category, black clay , or volcanic mud, is commonly used in skin rejuvenation processes. It has more acidic pH, high content of aluminum and silicon, besides low percentage of iron.
What does this mean in practice? It serves to detoxify and prevent skin stress (especially oily) due to its stimulating, invigorating, anti-inflammatory and absorbing actions, with positive effects both in cosmetic use and in the treatment of diseases.
To improve the appearance of sensitive and rosy skins, red clay , which absorbs oil well and helps in the renewal of cell structures , is best suited . With iron oxide and copper in its composition, red clay also works to reduce and soften lines of expression.
Another alternative for greasy skin or spots, gray clay is used to combat the formation of blackheads and pimples , acting as a great natural exfoliant, in addition to having antioxidant action, delaying the aging of the skin.
How to use
To apply the clay to the skin, the ideal is to mix it with mineral water or even chamomile tea (in warm temperature), until it is pasty consistency. If you prefer, use the clay in natura , but in this case hydrate the skin with the help of thermal water , so that the active does not lose its properties.
Avoid passing the clay in the eye area and also on the lips, the most sensitive regions of the face. Once the product has completely dried, remove it by rinsing with water, gently wipe the face with a towel and do not use creams or make-ups for a period of two hours under any circumstances.
It is more than normal for the skin to become slightly reddish and, in the case of green clay, you feel the face “pulling” – any other change should be immediately evaluated by a doctor.
As for frequency, there are no rules: there are those who make clay masks or use products containing the product in their formulas once or twice a week, as well as every 15 days. The very ideal is to maintain a care routine, defined in conjunction with his / her dermatologist, so that he or she can accurately indicate how many times a week or a month the clay should be used in your case.