Red Clay Mask!Sunday, November 06, 2011
Ever heard of a red clay mask? I'm sure you have, clay masks were the in thing a few years ago I think. I still do them even though the fad may have faded. I was first introduced to clay masks from Fran over at High on Health. I tried revisiting the site and finding the link but it doesn't seem to be around anymore.
Benefits of red clay:
Moroccan red comes from deep below the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. This clay is a strong cleansing clay that will draw excess oils from the skin, stimulate circulation to the skin and act as a powerful astringent for oily skin and hair. From Nature With Love
There are many other types of clay (check the bottom for links for more info) but I chose red because it was most suitable for dry skin (I now know I have combo skin but at the time I thought I had dry, still has use though!). I wanted to zap any acne I had but I didn't want to dry out my skin. I think that's the most common problem acne suffers think they should do.
A brief summary of each clay type:
- Green clay helps to draw toxins from the skin and can calm inflammations. It is particularly good for acne.
- White clay soothes and softens the skin and is suitable for all skin types. This is the gentlest of all the clays.
- Red clay is suitable for dry and sensitive skins.
- Pink clay is particularly useful for toning dull, tired, or devitalized skin. It also has excellent cleansing properties. Essential Oil Recipes
SO, I TRY to do a clay mask once a week but realistically it's probably once a month. I did it more frequently when my skin was worse but now that I'm finally making some progress I've been slacking.. ^^;; Anyway, here are the products I use and the steps.
- NOW Moroccan Red Clay powder (I think they changed the packaging but here is a link to purchase from well.ca.)
- Agave Nectar (I usually use organic honey but this is all I had on hand)
- Jason Tea Tree Oil
A bit of info on other types of clay at National Nursing Review.
Benefits of Red Clay @ e-how
So I attended a V.I.P Call It Spring & Lou Lou Magazine event @ Sherway Gardens Thursday evening! I bought a cute pair of shoes (picture below). They look better in person and you can wear them two ways. I'm really excited to blog about it! I wish I took photos but there were too many people around and it's pretty damn rude to take photos in a store (with people around at least. lol). Plus there was a photographer there so hopefully I'll show up in some shots and link em here! haha