Clay has been used in skincare for centuries. It is a great ingredient for drawing out impurities from the skin, as it can attract and therefore remove toxins.

This means clay can help clean your pores and keep breakouts at bay, as well as giving your complexion a brightening effect.

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Use clay in your skincare for…
  • Removing environmental dirt like pollution

  • To help with acne and breakouts

  • To brighten a dull complexion

  • Certain clay products can replenish dehydrated skin

What type of clay should I use?

It’s important to know that there are a few main types of clay used in skincare products: pink, green, red and white (kaolin) clay. Whilst they are all great additions to a routine, you should choose the one that’s right for your skin type and concerns to really ensure you’re getting the benefits of this ingredient.

Pink clay
This type of clay has been appreciated for a while for its ability to restore skin. Whilst clay is most famous for removing excess oil from the skin, pink clay leaves your natural oils intact.
It is great for sensitive or dehydrated skin, as it gently exfoliates and draws out impurities without causing damage.

Green clay
Green clay is known for being able to absorb excess oil on the skin and is therefore used a lot in face masks. It is a great option for oily skin types or those combatting acne, as it can balance excess sebum production.
Red clay

Red clay is rich in trace minerals, particularly iron oxide. It can revive your complexion, and soothe redness or irritation in the skin. This clay is useful for calming irritated skin, or any other inflammation.

White/Kaolin Clay

Kaolin clay is different to the usual clay mask used to help acne. It doesn’t dry the skin and is perfect for those with sensitive skin types or dehydration issues.

It has a neutral pH, and draws out toxins from the skin while gently exfoliating. It is very soothing and can also calm redness and irritation, making it perfect for every skin type. It can also soothe your skin if you’ve had a reaction to a stronger active.

Where should I use clay in my skincare routine?

Clay is most commonly used in face masks. Look for the clay that you think will best suit you in new products, and see what this ingredient can add to your skincare routine. This is a great natural ingredient to really brighten up your skincare and help you glow.

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