One of the most powerful things on our planet to release any kind of stagnations and promote energy flow and circulation is Mud! It has so many minerals, it is very detoxifying and healing, and it is all about transition and flow. The minerals in mud are profoundly effective for absorbing oil and for toning the skin. Mud is often used to detoxify and tone skin and is used as an anti-inflammatory agent for skin disorders. Mud commonly contains nutrients, trace elements and various minerals that the body can absorb quickly.
Natural Mud / Clay masks always had its demand from ancient times. There is a reference to mud bath as far back as the Egyptian civilisation. In Ayurveda also, different muds have different properties and this is according to their texture, area and derivatives.
Recognising World Earth Day celebrated on April 22, this article is presenting you some of the best clays from all around the world, used in mud masks for skincare.
Bentonite Clay (Volcanic Mud)
Calcium bentonite clay is an absorbent kind of clay that typically develops after volcanic ash ages. It is named after Fort Benton, Wyoming, where the largest source of the clay can be observed. It is a greyish coloured powdery substance that boasts robust detox properties. Bentonite contains negatively charged particles and it attracts positively charged impurities and toxins. Bentonite clay can be used as a detoxifying clay mask for blackheads, acne and pore cleansing. It has strong oil absorbing properties and is able to absorb more than its mass in water. This makes bentonite clay a great choice for very oily skin.
Fuller’s earth usually occurs as a by-product of the decomposition of feldspar or from the slow transformation of volcanic glass into crystalline solids. It’s a less known type of clay but an amazing ancient beauty secret used by the Indian women. It is widely used as a skin lightening agent as it has natural bleaching properties. Fuller’s earth removes dirt, excess sebum, and dead skin from skin’s pores. This prevents whiteheads, blackheads, and dull-looking skin. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that keep acne at bay. It might even reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
This mud comes from the interiors of Canada. It is deep black in colour and is extracted from bogs and marshes. This type of mud is rich in both organic and inorganic elements. The biggest advantage of this kind of mud is that it is an astringent so you will probably not get an infection from it. It stimulates the skin to regenerate and keeps you looking youthful.
White Kaolin Clay
White kaolin clay is commonly known as white cosmetic clay. And it works best on sensitive skin. Kaolin clay, which has also been referred to as kaolinite, white clay as well as China clay, is primarily made up of the mineral kaolinite. South-eastern China is where the clay was originally discovered and used. It helps draw out impurities from skin pores, reduce inflammation and tighten the skin naturally. The fine texture makes it easy to incorporate into a wide variety of projects. This includes eye shadows and cosmetics, as well as soap, bath bombs and more.
Dead Sea Mud
The Dead Sea is unique due to its high concentrations of salts and minerals. The mud in the dead sea is rich in iron, aluminium, potassium, and calcium; providing your skin with rich nutrients. Dead Sea Mud is famous for its detoxifying and therapeutic effects. Dead sea clay helps to remove toxins from the skin, provides gentle exfoliation, and helps remove dead skin cells. Dead Sea mud has been tested and proven to have an antimicrobial effect on strains of bacteria that live on human skin and thus it is effective in treating acne.
Moroccan Red Clay
Moroccan Red Clay is a type of clay that’s mined in Morocco. Moroccan Red Clay has a red muddy colour. Moroccan Red clay offers the same benefits: it has detoxifying qualities, it cleanses the skin, tightens pores and more. Moroccan red clay is used to nourish the skin, even out blotchy skin tone, and reduce acne. It can also be used on hair. Moroccan red clay will suck out dirt, excess oils and impurities on the scalp and hair. Moroccan red clay nourishes hair follicles deeply which helps strengthen hair and prevent it from thinning and falling out.