We posted about dead sea clay earlier in 2012, and told you about how the high concentration of minerals helps renew, refresh, and purify skin.
Now, I want to tell you about another clay that we included in our Purifying Mud Mask: French Rose Clay. This luxurious clay adds some gentle exfoliating and polishing properties to the mask, helping to remove impurities and bring out a newer, younger-looking complexion.
French rose clay is similar to other kaolin clays, but because of its gentle nature, perfect for sensitive skin.
A Little Bit About the Ingredient Itself
French rose clay is a mild kaolin clay, which simply means it's a naturally occurring clay that has kaolinite as its principle constituent. Kaolinite is a clay mineral, also called a silicate mineral that inhabits certain rocks. A soft, earthy, white mineral, it's produced when weather wears down aluminum silicate minerals like feldspar. One of the most common minerals in the world, it's mined in Brazil, Bulgaria, France, the United Kingdom, Iran, Germany, India, Australia, and other countries. The clay is particularly abundant in soils that exist in moist climates, such as those in tropical rainforest areas.
Depending on where the clay is from will determine its mineral content and physical structure, which in turn, affects how it acts on the skin. For use in cosmetics, kaolin is ground into a powder material. French rose clay is actually from France, and is a light, beautiful rose color. This particular clay has specific benefits to the skin, which is why we chose it over other types of clays, such as pink kaolin, white kaolin, bentonite, or French green clay.
French Rose Clay's Benefits to the Skin
Most clays have the ability to absorb impurities from the skin, such as dirt, makeup and oil. Most also can exfoliate, to help your skin have a youthful look.
Where clays differ is in how much they absorb from the skin. French rose clay is wonderful for most all skin types because it doesn't overly zap the skin of its natural oils. Some clays can be so drying, for example, that unless you're using a super-hydrating moisturizer afterwards, you can end up experiencing excessive dryness, flaking, and skin reactions like increased acne breakouts and redness.
French rose clay is also perfect for sensitive skin, as it has a gentle cleansing action that isn't too harsh. If you've tried hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, or other acids to exfoliate in the past and had trouble like increased skin reactions or sensitivity, I urge you to give this mask a try. Natural clays like these can be just as effective at exfoliation, without the irritation.
Used regularly, this mask will draw impurities and oils to the surface to be washed away, which will help reduce the appearance of oily skin and clogged pores. The exfoliating and polishing action gradually reduces the appearance of pores and puffiness.
As your skin gets used to the regular special treatment, you may see a more lifted, firm appearance. The consistent exfoliation can also help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as even skin tone.
If you're ready to try these clays for yourself, order our Purifying Mud Mask today. When you see how well it works, you'll not only enjoy the toned, refreshed feeling on your face, you'll wonder why you ever submitted your poor skin to acids and chemical peels!
Do you use clays in your skin care routine? Have you seen results?
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