Clay masks are powerful, mineral-boosting treatments for your skin. A green clay mask is particularly beneficial for oily skin, drawing out oil while also tightening pores. Many spas offer facials using French green clay powder to their clients, but you can easily make one at home. I find that a weekly clay mask is great for evening out the skin and reducing blemishes. Combined with healthy skin care habits, using clay regularly can be tremendously beneficial. Find out about the benefits of this natural beauty product and how to treat yourself at home to a weekly spa facial.

 Scientific Facts

  • Bentonite clay (also known as Montmorillonite) is an edible clay from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments, and contains over 70 trace minerals.  This clay is one of the most effective and powerful healing clay’s used to treat both internal and external maladies.  The largest and most active deposits come from Wyoming and Montana. (Mountain Rose Herbs stocks a Wyoming variety).  Bentonite clay is traditionally used as an internal supplement to assist with mineral deficiencies, and to help bind toxins making them more soluble. Externally, Bentonite is used as a clay poultice, mud pack, in the bath, and in skin care recipes.  Bentonite clay has the ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other contaminants from the body, and is ingested to treat mineral deficiencies, anemia, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, intestinal problems, hemorrhoids, and for general organ health. Source: daily
  • French Green Clay (Also Known as Illite Clay or Sea Clay) is very absorbent, and literally “drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin.  Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, and tightening pores. Mined from bedrock quarries in France, it is sun-dried, completely natural, unscented, and fragrance free.  Green clay is a bio-mineral, and contains decomposed plant matter as well as many trace minerals, such as: silica, aluminum, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, selenium, cobalt, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, micro-algaes, kelp, and phyto-nutrients. Green Clay has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial for muscular pain, swelling, and arthritic or rheumatic conditions. Cosmetically, French Green clay is revered for its ability to stimulate blood and lymph circulation, remove dead skin cells, absorb impurities and fats, and tone and strengthen connective tissues.  After using French Green clay, skin feels fresh, smooth, radiant, and soft.  French Green Clay is also marvelous for helping to clear problem skin areas, and is gentle enough to use weekly, or even daily on problem spots. Source: Mountain-rose Herbs
  • Treating acne with French green clay pulls bacteria from the infected areas. Paste applications on the trouble spots can be applied daily. The toning qualities of the clay stimulate the skin and provide increased circulation to damaged cells while rebuilding connective tissue.
    Normally, dry and sensitive skin does not benefit from green clay treatments. Use French green clay and products containing it only on oily skin. Source: e How


2 TBSP. Green Bentonite Clay

2 TBSP. Water

Mix until smooth. Apply to face, leave on for 15 min (sensitive skin), 25-30 min (normal to oily skin). Rinse off with warm water. You may see some redness, but that is normal. It will go away within 15-30 min. Apply a lightweight moisturizer, oil (coconut, jojoba, or black castor oil), after using masque.

Here are some other ingredients you may add to your masque:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  •  Honey 


4 responses to “GREEN CLAY: THE BENEFITS

  1. Great post! I use green clay in my homemade face masks all the time. I usually mix it with a combination of water, honey, or aloe vera juice.

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