Rub some dirt on it!

Sense & Sensitivity Clay

Do you have oily, blemished skin? Rub some dirt on it. Or to be specific, rub some clay on it. Talk about traditional medicine. We have record of Cleopatra using clay masques from the Nile River over 1800 years ago. Queen Nefertiti was totally a fan as well. Ancient Germans and Romans used clay packs at their hot springs. In medieval times, the French used clay packs to treat skin conditions. Using a purifying clay masque is just about the closest thing you can have to a facial while in the comfort of your home and bathrobe. It will deep cleanse and tighten your pores, reduce acne and oiliness, and improve the look and smooth the texture of your skin. Clay has proven to be VERY good for our skin– not just from a beauty standpoint but also from a health standpoint. Remember, our skin, as our largest organ, keeps infections and viruses at bay, so the healthier your skin, the healthier you are.

 How does a clay masque actually work?
Clay has the remarkable ability to draw out impurities through absorption, as well as exfoliant and astringent properties. Composed of earth’s silica, iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc and other minerals, clay binds with environmental toxins and old sebum that clogs pores as well as bacteria, various toxins and irritants. Clay will exfoliate dead skin cells, whiteheads and blackheads without damaging friction. Your pores, now cleansed of debris, can close up and reduce in size, giving your face a smoother appearance. Your blood vessels tend to open up a bit with this warmth, which means they bring nutrients to your skin more efficiently. For some, using clay facial masques can actually bring on short-term breakouts, but this is a normal part of the healing process and will quickly transform skin from Suppressed to Supported.

Where to apply a clay masque?
Don’t put the masque on your entire face. Restrict it to the regions of the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin and away from eyes and lips. Take caution with any delicate skin, like directly under the eye, or open wounds which won’t like a clay masque. A foot or hand clay application can be extremely relaxing and do wonderfully rejuvenating things for rough skin. Feel free to experiment!

How often to use a clay masque?
Sensitive skin beauties should try using it once a week. Those with more oily skin can use two to four times weekly. You can benefit from applying them at night as part of a relaxation ritual or in the morning to capitalize on the tiny pore look you will get for the rest of the day! Ladies, if you find your supply running low, it’s because Gents love the effect of clay on their skin as well and are applying them in the middle of the night.

How to Use?
Clay needs to be mixed with a liquid (two parts liquid, 3 parts clay) into a paste in order to apply it to your skin. This liquid can vary dramatically for different purposes. Here’s our top picks:

  1. Water & Honey for regular weekly use.
  2. Hydrosol: Use your favorite Hydrosol to add nutrients and plant essences to your clay masque. Mist often while enjoying your nurturing treatment.
  3. Herbal Tea: try Chamomille, Fennel, oatstraw, even green tea. Make it strong and let it cool well before mixing.

Place powder in a small dish and mindfully add liquid of your choosing until you have reached the desired consistency. Use the back of your spoon to encourage even distribution. We sometime like to steam our skin to open our pores for the clay to get all the yuck out. Our Herbal Steamboat Steamer is pretty rad for that. (Remember, never steam dry skin, rub some oil on it first–like NO EVIL, Rosehip Seed Oil, Cow Fart Juice, or Nourish & Replenish.) For sure take off your makeup (did someone say DOUBLE-CLEANSE?) and start with clean skin or the clay isn’t going to deep clean because it will adhere to the surface dirt instead. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you can first massage in a layer of one of the above oils before applying your masque to be certain it’s not going to dry you out too much.

Specific Clays for Specific Skin Needs:

Clear Complexion Clay
Specially designed to get you through you breakouts by drawing out toxins and encouraging blood flow to your problem areas. We took the high-quality clays and herbs that refine your pores and nourish your skin and added activated charcoal for a deep detoxification. Ingredients: Activated Charcoal, Montmorillonite (green), Rhassoul, Brown Rice Powder, Brown Sandalwood, Essential Oils

Use: Spread evenly on clean, damp skin. Cover with a warm, wet cloth and lie down for 5-7 minutes, but no long enough to let it dry hard. Press damp cloth into masque to help loosen it before removing with warm water. Follow with moisturizer, ideally Nourish & Replenish Oil to give your skin a rebalanced oil level (It’s like hitting the reset button for your oil gland production.)

Pore Refining Clay
A flawless blend of our two favorite clays: Montmorillonite is rich in volcanic minerals, antiseptic and healing. Rhassoul has a unique absorption capacity and gently smooths and improves dry, delicate skin. Ingredients: Montmorillonite (green), Rhassoul, Kelp (seaweed), Rose Petals, Brown Sandalwood, Essential Oils

Use: Spread evenly on clean, damp skin. Cover with a warm, wet cloth and lie down for 8-10 minutes.  {Yes—you can let it dry hard while you work—but don’t you deserve the break?}  Press damp cloth into masque to help loosen it before removing with warm water. Follow with moisturizer, again, we insist on Nourish & Replenish Oil because it works.

Sense & Sensitivity Clay
A subtle blend of french red clay, Kaolin, Rhassoul and herbs to create a pore-refining mask suitable for sensitive skin. It works by bringing more circulation (redness) to the surface of the skin, which subsides shortly. Ingredients: Montmorillonite (red), Rhassoul, Kaolin, Zinc, Irish Moss (seaweed), Organic Rose Petals, Red Sandalwood, Essential Oils

Use: Spread evenly on clean, damp skin. Cover with a warm, wet cloth and lie down for 8-10 minutes.  {Yes—you can let it dry hard while you work—but every minute of meditation opens your heart and improves your life.}  Press damp cloth into masque to help loosen it before removing with warm water. Follow with moisturizer, okay, we guess you could use LOMAH if you really want.

As a FANTASTIC Spot Treatment

  1. Mix a pinch of any clay mixture with equal part water and form a paste in your palm. You may want to add 1 small drop of an essential oil (such as geranium for blemishes or lavender with sensitive clay for sunburns). For pimples, we mix the clay with Cow Fart Juice and by morning, that sucker is gone.
  2. Dot onto problem spot or area.
  3. Leave on overnight, or allow to dry & remove with a damp cloth. Also recommended to use for insect bites and stings.

Perfection Clays are hand-mixed in small batches to perfection. Each batch takes 6 weeks of weekly infusions of herbs. It’s a labor of love, but the results are worth waiting for. Let us know how they work for you!

by Molly Watman

Three Amigos

Sense & Sensitivity Clay (above) and All three Clays here side by side. Pretty!

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