WHY SHOULD I USE THE CLAY FOR MY SKIN?

We would say “For a lot of reasons!” Let’s talk as an external topical such as skin care:

Face Mask

A little-known secret is that the different colors of clay works on different types of skin. All pigmentations are different, so the various clays have different effects on specific types of skin. The details below explain which clay to use for which skin type.

Green clay: If you have oily skin, the green clay will help by absorbing the toxins and detoxifying your skin. It will also help remove blackheads and other impurities.

White clay: If have sensitive skin, white clay offers a gentle cleanse and purification. It will allow your skin to become stronger and healthier without stripping the moisture.

Pink clay: If you have dry skin, pink clay will provide rich minerals to hydrate and reduce any inflammation. It will leave the skin radiant and glowing.

Red clay: If you have a darker pigmentation, red clay works well to nourish skin that’s been overexposed to sunlight. It helps re-build the skin structure.

Yellow Clay: If you are worried about aging skin, yellow clay stimulates circulation. It strengthens the skin while removing dead skin cells. It is quite popular in the Asian cultures.

These clays may be used as a body mask as well!

Healing Clay

The green clay is known as healing or medicinal clay. If you have any inflammation, bruises, psoriasis, arthritis, eczema, open wounds, or even pain, green clay will help you by absorbing toxins to promote a quick healing process. Please note that the history of green clay benefits has been proven by medical studies, but the FDA does not recognize it as such.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF “THERAPEUTIC” CLAYS?

Bentonite clay is formed from volcanic ash. Its absorption capacity and richness in mineral, salts and trace elements make it a clay with exceptional qualities for beauty purposes. It is one of the most globally known therapeutic clays.

Illite clay is from a mineral origin, therefore, it comes from the Earth. Its use dates back to the dawn of time. As a therapeutic agent, people worldwide use it to cure various ailments for millennia. The ingredients are known for their absorbing and purifying abilities.

Kaolin clay also called white clay, is naturally rich in mineral salts (iron, zinc, silicon, magnesium, potassium, calcium, etc.).

Renowned for soothing and purifying, Kaolin clay is ideal for dry, irritated and fragile skin to soften and soothe it. Whether it’s used as a mask or poultice, it is perfect for small sores and irritations. It is also known for strengthening dry or brittle hair.

Additionally, it’s recognized as an active ingredient by the FDA.

Green clay is mostly known as French clay. It is a natural volcanic clay used for healing purposes. It has a natural source of minerals and trace elements such as silica, aluminum silicates, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, selenium, cobalt, manganese.  

Clay refers to a large variety of clay rocks. It can be many different colors: green, red, blue, yellow, gray, white, brown, pink. The color depends on the iron oxides (limonite) that it encloses.

WHY IS FRENCH CLAY THE MOST BENEFICIAL CLAY?

The French clay has many qualities to it:

  • absorbent (acts like a sponge, leaving the water laden with toxins and the gases to saturate it)
  • adsorbent (it reacts similarly to plaster)
  • purifying and regenerating
  • antiseptic (the pathogens are evacuated or destroyed)
  • detoxifying
  • healing (promotes healing of wounds by activation of coagulation and regeneration of tissues)
  • anti-inflammatory
  • softening
  • neutralizing of many microbes (bacteria & viruses) & toxins

Therapeutic Uses:

French clay drains the suppurations of wounds, resorbs bruises, and relieves joint and muscular pains. It helps heal sprains, strains, edema aches, sinusitis, and sore throats. It also soothes irritations of the skin, such as sunburns, small burns, slight wounds, bloating and stomach irritation.

HOW TO USE FRENCH GREEN CLAY AS MEDICAL CLAY

Applied clay paste on infected pimples, scratches, cuts, erythema, eczema, and bites will help purify and heal irritated areas. French green clay is used for poultices, plasters, wraps, etc.. The French clay poultice applies to the area where pain occurs. The aim of the poultice application is to cool a feverish, congested or inflamed area, or warmed up to revitalize and tone.

WHERE IS HEALING CLAY FROM?

You can find healing clay all around the world: Australia, Asia (China), India, Europe (France), North America (Nevada, Arizona), Mexico, South America (Brazil, French Guiana), Africa (Egypt, Morocco).

All the different locations provide a different type of clay ranging from desert clays to tropical clays, including volcanic clay. Most civilizations around the world already have their own healing mud!

NASA has even found bentonite clay on Mars! Don’t worry, we won’t make you travel that far to get your hands on some.

WHY ARE THE CLAYS NATURAL AND NOT ORGANIC?

Clays are minerals and not organisms, therefore, by the definition, they cannot be listed as “Organic.”

Clay, as an ingredient, is like water or salt, it is natural and must simply be listed as “Natural.”

To list clay products as “Organic,” the product must contain “Organic” compounds, which means chemically talking, the product must contain preservatives.

We are often fooled by the word “Organic.” However, in this case, organic clays don’t exist. If you find one, it means they have added ingredients- that will only pollute the clay.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF “THERAPEUTIC” CLAYS?

It depends where you get it from. For example, if you choose a bentonite clay, such as the Aztec clay, it may not be. Below is a list of the mineral composition, you may notice that some of them are toxic compounds like mercury or uranium.

(www.draxe.com which is a great source for healthy tips)

In California, the bentonite clay should have a warning notice from the PROP65 CA warning. This means clay products should have the label, “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” Only products made with pure clay with a composition that does not include heavy metal compounds and/or minerals listed in the Prop65, do not require this label.  

  • Silicon – 20.2 %
  • Calcium – 3900 mg /kg
  • Iron – 3300 mg /kg
  • Potassium- 2900 mg /kg
  • Magnesium – 1600 mg /kg
  • Phosphorus – 930 mg /kg
  • Manganese – 400 mg /kg
  • Sodium – 330 mg /kg
  • Zinc – 85 mg /kg
  • Chromium – 53 mg /kg
  • Copper – 18 mg /kg
  • Selenium – 0.93 mg /kg
  • Molybdenum – 0.54 mg /kg

The source of this information where you will also find the benefits of each minerals: https://www.clayerusa.com/bentonite-clay

As you can see, there is no heavy metal; thus, the green clay from Clayer is certified non-toxic.

HOW IS THE MEDICAL CLAY REGULATED IN THE USA?

Even with numerous studies done, the FDA does not approve green clay as an active ingredient. That being said, green clay is not exactly an ingredient; it is a composition of minerals that create a clay, such as Bentonite (Montmorillonite), Illite and/or Kaolin. This means statement such as, “Acne, Pain Relief, Healing, Reduced Inflammation,” cannot be labeled on the products or within their product descriptions. It should only be marketed as a cosmetic product. Kaolin clay, however, is considered an active ingredient for specific uses as a skin protectant. (please visit the FDA for more information)

WHAT IS THE STORY OF THE FRENCH CLAY USES?

Since antiquity, its virtues are known for many curatives uses, but also for: washing clothes, making pottery, tablets for writing, bricks for construction and more. It was used by ancient Egyptians for mummification because of its antiseptic and purifying properties. It was part of the pharmacopeia among the Chinese, the Greeks, and the Romans. It was also interpreted that Jesus prescribed care based on clay earth according to the Gospel of the Peace of Jesus Christ by the disciple John, from the ancient Aramaic and Slavonic texts. Throughout the Middle Ages, its use for therapeutic purposes was quite common. Its popularity found an end towards the late 19th century. However, the priest Kneipp advocated clay poultices, and in India, Gandhi used clay for its therapeutic properties.

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