The benefits of clay
Clay, particle or mineral ?
If we know that clay is extracted from quarries and dried in the sun, you knew that the clay name differs depending on the areas of study. clay can therefore designate either a particle of a size less than 4 μm, or the family of phyllosilicates (silicates in leaflets).
When a sedimentary rock is composed of a majority of clay minerals (generally aluminum silicates) this rock will bear the name of argilite.
Use of clay
Whether cooked or not, clay is one of the oldest materials used by man. Mixed with water, the clay gives a paste that can be easily molded or shaped. this property is at the origin of its use to make tiles, bricks, pottery, tablets, cement and everyday objects. but clay is also an ancestral remedy known by the Egyptians or Greeks of Antiquity who frequently used it to heal.
The clay is essentially made up of hydrated aluminate silicates, in which mineral elements such as alumina oxides, titanium, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium are nestled.
These are the ferric oxides present in the clays that will give it its color.
So we will find in the nature of clays of different colors like white, green, blue, yellow, red.
1- clays rich in alumina
We find in this family the three most used clays .
a - kaolinite, of white colour, has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing virtues. it is a very versatile clay that can also be used, thanks to its large covering power, as a mask or cataplasm. The name “kaolin” comes from the name of the first known deposit in China, located in Kao-Ling. The kaolinite clay is among the softest for the skin. In france, it is found in bretagne and near limoges.
b - the Montmorillonite, of grey or green colour, is the most widely used either by oral or external channels. this clay is of great purity. It is mainly found in the Languedoc, in Provence and in the central massif.
c - Illite is of a quality less than the Montmorillonite. It is mainly used in thick cataplasms. The Illite green clay is found mainly in the central massif and in the Parisian basin.
2 - the iron-rich clay: glauconite and nontronite, mainly used in the oil industry. In these clays, the red clay can be found, mainly used in cosmetics for "re-mineralized" dull, tired and irritated skins.
3 - clays rich in magnesium: antigorite, saponite, talc, attapulgite. we can find green, red or white .
In nature, depending on the regions of the globe, there are still other clays with different shades of color. but the color of the clay is not the most important element. First of all, its properties must be adapted to the use that one wishes to make.
The different forms of clay
Less to use it to make pottery, you will find the clay in the trade in the form of powder, paste, pieces and capsules.
1 - the powder
In this form we will find three appellations:
a - ultra-ventilated clay: It is the finest clay, so it is mainly used internally.
b - ventilated or surfing clay: a little less thin than ultra-ventilated. used mainly for body and beauty hygiene (shampoing, mask, ..)
c - fine clay: strangely, it is the least "fine" of the three. It is used especially for making compresses or cataplasms.
2 - paste
It is a slightly humidified clay ready for use. this type of clay can troubleshoot since it is simple and convenient to use. On the other hand, being ready for employment, she finds herself more expensive.
3 - the pieces
Clay blocks are only crushed. So there are irregular pieces of 2 cm. this form of clay, less expensive than powder, is mainly used in the making of cataplasms that requires more material.
4 - tablets or capsules
More comfortable to swallow for those that clay water fades a bit.
The powers of clay
According to the many literature on the subject, the clay would have the property to direct its action where the body needs it most. in the main "powers" of the clay, one can cite:
1 - Absorption, adsorption and fixation power
L’absorption or "buvard effect" is the ability to retain water, fat, gas. The clay, which is capable of absorbing up to eight times its weight, makes it an ideal ingredient in the care of hair or skin or it will absorb without agressing, excess sebum and impurities.
Clay also has the property ofadsorption, that is to say that she has the ability to attract toxins and impurities, then to fix them. this property is interesting in internal use but also in external use in the use of masks or compresses.
2 - fortifying power
The clay contains many minerals and mainly silica with about half the total weight. It also contains calcium, iron and magnesium. This set of minerals gives the clay its strong, healing and regenerating power of the tissues.
3 - antimicrobial and antiseptic power
These properties actually exist only in pure clay and excellent quality.
Although for the time being neither the medical body nor the scientists are able to accurately explain this phenomenon, clay seems to act as a bactericidal while promoting cell reconstruction.
4 - softening power
White clay, which is less active than others, is often used for its softening property to soothe, for example, the epidermis, in case of warming after hair removal or irritation due to the friction of clothing.
5 - soothing and relaxing powers
To relieve pain, the green clay can be used in warm or cold cataplasm from 1 to 2 cm thick, leaving a minimum of 20 minutes on the painful part. to strengthen the action of the clay, one can combine a few drops of essential oils of Gaulthérie, , eucalyptus citriodora or Peppermint.
If you would like more information about the therapeutic use of clay, internally or externally, we recommend reading this document particularly interesting.
The colors of the clay
1 - white clay: purifies and cleanses gently
White or kaolin clay, is soft and re-mineralizing, so it is particularly well suited to the care of dry, sensitive and fragile skins. It will also have healing and anti-inflammatory virtues and will be perfect for treating irritations and small injuries. has used in cataplasm or mask for the face and neck. on fragile skin one can add to the preparation, just before use, a few drops of argan vegetable oil as well as a drop of essential geranium oil. It can also be used in hair masks to revitalize the hair brittle and devitalized or as dry shampoo. as with all clays it can be added to the bath water to soften the epidermis. not allergic, it also fits the sensitive skin of babies and can be used as talc.
2- the red clay: Ready for employment, it's more practical
Red clay is rich in trace elements and iron oxide, which gives it this red color.
From its composition it participates in improving blood circulation, illuminating your skin and
give a shine to the face. It is ideal against cutosed skins and subject to redness. sticky, it will promote the removal of impurities and clean pores. a facial beauty mask can be prepared by replacing water with a floral rose water for example. to soothe an irritated skin like a clay bath. for this it is enough to pour about 200 g of powdered red clay in a hot bath .
3- the pink clay: True color revealer
The pink clay has both the virtues of white clay and red clay.
Rich in trace elements, the pink clay is cleansing, revitalizing and non-irritating. It will therefore be especially recommended for hypersensitive, reactive, tired, dull, fragile skins as well as the most delicate skins that seek a soft face care. has therefore used as a "exfoliant" mask for skin cleansing, removal of impurities and excess sebum, as a "cut of brilliance" mask for dull and tired skins or as a soothing mask for fragile, reactive skin, prone to redness.
4- yellow clay: Rich in trace elements
Yellow clay is recommended to normal skins and very sensitive fatty skins because less rich in iron oxide than green clay, therefore less irritating. It is rich in minerals, stimulating, and reoxygenating cells and toning.
The yellow and regenerating clay contains mainly manganese. It stimulates the production of collagen and iron, allowing better cell oxygenation. It is also a very good natural anti-ride and an excellent hair revitalising for weakened hair. its exfoliating properties will be ideal for cleaning the skin, removing impurities and excess sebum. It is also used in hair mask on normal and fragile hair. It is also recommended to alleviate pain.
5- the green clay: for all skin types
The green clay is the most known and used of all clays both internally and externally. besides its versatility, this is the one you need to buy first. We saw above that we could find two green clays the illite (north of the france) and the Montmorillonnite (south of the france). their compositions are a little different:
The illiterate clay: The illite clay is weakly dotted with alumine (9.)% contains calcareous salts (14.)% is rich in iron (nearly 9).% by its strong absorption power, it will instead be recommended for cataplasms on the skin.
The Montmorillonite clay: The Montmorillonite clay contains a high silica concentration (54.6%), it can also be used in cataplasms but this type of green clay being very re-mineralizing and detoxifying is rather recommended for in-house treatments.
The green clay is a clay known to regulate excess sebum, whether for hair or skin and for its healing virtues, . It will therefore be particularly beneficial for problems of fat or mixed skin, but also for scars, eczema, acne, burns, dermites, mycoses...For hair with a tendency fat one can prepare a dough with 2 tablespoons of clay + 1/2 juice of lemon + 1 egg yellow. Leave to act about 20 minutes before rinsing. Using a beauty mask on the face will help you regain the shine of your skin by participating in absorbing excess sebum and actively fighting against acne and black stitches.
Has each his clay mask
Intended to enhance beauty, color clays Argiletz that we sell on the shop offer an amazing softness to thoroughly clean all skins, whatever their nature. green, red, pink, yellow, or white, let yourself be seduced.
Green clay - oily skins
Naturally rich in minerals, green clay is wonderful on each type of skin, and especially on fatty skins. used regularly, it has a great rebalancing effect, absorbs excess sebum, gently cleanses, stimulates naturally and gives the face a new complexion.
Red clay - dry skin.
Natural source of minerals, the red clay contains in it natural resources to make the skin very soft and reveal all the brilliance. His secret? Its richness of ferric oxides that illuminate the skin and illuminate it with a deliciously velvety natural shawl.
Pink clay - sensitive and reactive skins.
This subtle mix of two ultra soft clays takes care of the most delicate skins with infinite softness. Both emollient and neutral, the pink clay respects the ph of the epidermis, delicately refines the grain of the skin to bring it a rare softness and reveals its natural brilliance.
Yellow clay - mixed skin.
With a mineral composition very close to the green clay, the yellow clay has all the best virtues to exfoliate, purify all the epidermis and offer mixed skins as soft as a caress.
White clay - dull and sensitive skins.
Completely neutral, the white clay respects all skin types, even the most mature by bringing them a beautiful softness respectful of the epidermis. and thanks to its incredible mine and decongestant anti-crisis power, it instantly reveals the shine of the skin while rescinding it in depth.
Clay in beauty masks
A mask consists of a mixture of powdered clay and a liquid (mineral water or even better floral water). to strengthen the action of clay, you can add honey, essential or vegetable oils, lemon, ...
Create your own mask adapted to your skin:
1 - Purifying mask for oily skins: green clay + haemalis hydrolat + essential oil of lemon,
2 - oily and porous skin mask: the combination of honey and green clay is also a recipe to create a mask for this type of skin,
3 - moisturizing mask for dry skin: white clay + pink damas hydrolat + argan vegetable oil
4 - soothing mask for sensitive skins: pink clay + blue hydrolat + vegetable oil drunk
5 - anti-ageing regenerating mask: white clay + hydrolat orange blossom + vegetable oil pink musk.
6 - anti-aging mask: white clay + soft almond vegetable oil + carrot juice
7 - skin mask: red clay + lime hydrolat
8 - anti-red mask: white clay + honey + chamomile hydrolat
Material, preparation and application of a beauty mask to clay
1 - use a salad bowl or glass bowl. no metal or plastic,
2 - use a wooden spoon to mix,
3 - pour in order in the container: clay powder, ingredients and finish the liquid then mix it all. If the preparation is too thick, you can add some liquid.
For a mask, it is necessary to foresee about: 2 tablespoons of powdered clay + 2 tablespoons of liquid + possibly 1 coffee cup of vegetable oil and a few drops of essential oils.
4 - We extend this thin layer preparation on the whole face.
5 - Let it goant that the mask is wet (15 to 30 minutes)
6 - Rinse with warm water.
Making a hair mask
For a hair mask, you proceed as for a face mask. depending on the volume of your hair, you can double the quantities. the "pâte" must be flexible, but not too liquid. a clay mask can also be useful before a vegetable coloration. it will participate in the removal of various cosmetic residues such as silicones, quats, or other occlusive agents.
1 - clay mask for fatty hair: green clay +1 c. with fine sea salt coffee + essential rosemary oil.
2 - clay mask against pelicles: green clay + jojoba vegetable oil + essential oil of lemon and tea tree
3 - clay mask against hair loss: green clay + soft almond vegetable oil + 1 egg yellow +1 tablespoon honey
4 - fortifying and purifying mask: white clay + argan vegetable oil
5 - dry hair mask : pink clay + camomile hydrolat
As our grandmothers did, you can rinse your hair with water and cider vinegar. this process to make your hair smooth and shiny.
Making your own clay toothpaste is simple. it can be realized either with white clay or green clay, but preferably "ultra-ventilated"
1 - the simplest is to mix clay with water. better yet, with hydrolat camomile that has the property to be soothing for gums.
2 - for "whiter" teeth, add soda bicarbonate to your prepartation. mix 1 volume of bicarbonate for 2 to 3 volume of clay. to complete, a drop of essential oil of clove, tea tree, mint (precised for their anti-bacterial properties and "fresh breath").
Caution: Soda bicarbonate is a mild abrasive that will eliminate certain spots. However, like any abrasive, it will attack the enamel. a use with moderation 1 to 2 times a week. It can be replaced by fine salt, much softer. Attention also to lemon juice which is very acidic. utilized too frequently, it can demineralize teeth and weaken enamel. lemon juice can be replaced with essential lemon oil.
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