Discover volcanic mud, or black clay and its benefits

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The volcanic mud, also called black clay is a material rich in silicon and aluminum, withdrawal from great depths. It is used for health or aesthetic treatments. Being applied to the skin to treat rheumatism, sinusitis, among others.

Its composition includes titanium, which combined with the large percentages of silicon and aluminum, form an excellent rejuvenator. It is stimulating, antiseptic, anti-toxic, reducing and astringent, and because it is very oxygenating and reactive, it is especially effective if added to beauty treatment masks for both the face and body of mature skin, as it combats sagging and hairlines. expression and wrinkles, due to its ability to improve peripheral blood circulation, favoring cell renewal.

Masks with this clay are special in cases of eczema and skin fungus, in addition to treatments for acne, blackheads, pimples, accumulation of fat , oily skin and it is also one of the best methods to lighten skin blemishes. Groin and underarm stains, which are normally caused by waxing, can be eliminated with them.

Black clay has large concentrations of green , white and red clays , which gives it great absorption capacity and temperature change, making it revitalizing, analgesic, catalyst and deodorant, the masks are especially used to cleanse, tone the skin and eliminate toxins. They are efficient to attenuate stretch marks and treat cellulite and localized fat .

What is volcanic mud or black clay?

According to the dermatofunctional physiotherapist, Joyce Brito, black clay, like all other colors, is a material resulting from millions of years of decomposition of sedimentary rocks . Therefore, they are considered earthy and fine-grained materials, due to years of erosion.

Black clay is composed of several minerals, the most abundant being hydrated aluminum silicates, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, sodium and sulfur, highlights Brito. Furthermore, it is common for this type of clay to come mixed with organic materials and water. ( 1 )

Due to its very rich composition in materials that bring benefits to the skin, volcanic mud or black mud is considered a type of noble clay . For this reason, Brito informs that it is the most difficult to be found pure on the market.

The different types of clay are also considered the oldest cosmetics used by mankind. It was also widely used for medicinal purposes or food preservation by the Egyptians. In ancient Greece, the material was applied to the skin to treat rheumatism and even malaria, or malaria, both in humans and animals. ( 2 )

Another contributing factor to the rarity of black clay is that it is found and extracted only from great depths . This is also one of the reasons why it is considered one of the best for aesthetic treatments. ( 1 )

Benefits for the skin

Joyce Brito highlights several benefits that can be obtained by treating with volcanic mud. Among the main ones are the anti-inflammatory, anti-stressing, rejuvenating and stimulating actions. As such, it helps to improve the quality of the skin.

In addition, black clay can also be used by people who suffer from acne and oil problems as it helps to keep the skin clean for longer. At the same time, it has moisturizing effects that help not to dry out the skin. ( 3 )

Other benefits of black clay are related to the material’s healing, antiseptic and astringent actions , in addition it acts by activating blood circulation. ( 4 ) When used in mud therapy (baths with hot mud), black mud also has anti-arthritic capabilities and helps to reduce bodily pain . ( 1 )

Is black mud effective in the treatment of stretch marks?

Yes, black clay is a great treatment for stretch marks . However, according to Brito, it is more effective when the lesions are in their red phase, which is called the inflammatory phase. According to the specialist, this is due to the anti-inflammatory and healing effects present in the clay.

When stretch marks are in their white phase, the clay treatment has a remineralizing action and helps to improve the quality of the skin. However, without affecting the appearance of stretch marks. Some studies indicate that volcanic mud can also provide satisfactory results in cellulite treatment. ( 3 )

What is the best clay for skin blemishes?

The most common use of clays is to treat skin problems. One of the most common and feared by people are spots, which can be caused by exposure to the sun, pimple marks or even the action of hormones.

For those who suffer from this problem the most suitable clay color according to Joyce Brito is white clay . This is because the material of this color has calming, healing, moisturizing and lightening properties. In addition, it is the most suitable for people with more sensitive skin, due to its calming action.

White clay has silicon oxide in its composition. This is a material that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin , which helps to give a greater firmness to the skin and smooth wrinkles and expression lines. ( 2 )

Can black clay be used on hair?

Yes, clay therapy treatment is indicated for several problems that affect the scalp. First of all, it is necessary to know that when applied to the scalp, clay acts as a natural peeling . Thus, it helps to remove dead cells, in addition to absorbing toxins released by the body and activating circulation to the scalp. ( 5 )

However, you need to be aware that each clay color is best suited for a specific function. Thus, black clay is more suitable for treating problems that cause hair loss. As is the case with alopecia areata, an inflammatory disease that causes hair loss and body hair.

This type of treatment works by clearing the scalp and stimulating blood circulation. So that conventional treatments can act with greater ease. Furthermore, the sulfur and anti-inflammatory components present in this clay color act directly on the hairline root and on the area affected by inflammation. Acting then, to reduce the fall. ( 6 )

How to apply black clay

Black clay has a greasy-looking texture, mainly due to the presence of organic materials in its composition. Therefore, the preparation of the mask must be done with care, as it dilutes more easily than other types of clay. The preparation and application of the mask is as follows:

  • Separate the amount of clay to be used in a container, in the proportion of a (tablespoon) of mud to a (tablespoon) of water (mineral or filtered), mixing until it becomes a creamy paste.
  • Before applying it, the skin must be clean, not needing to exfoliate it, since clay has this function. When passing on the face, the eye and mouth area should be avoided. Leave the mask on for 40 minutes or until it is completely dry.

Note : Sometimes, after the first applications, there may be a certain burning sensation on the skin, but it is normal, it is a reaction to essential oils.

After removing the clay, apply a moisturizing cream. The treatment can be for both the skin on the face and the body. The dermatofunctional physiotherapist Joyce Brito recommends the application of the clay mask two to three times a week or according to the needs of each type of skin.

Are there any contraindications?

Black clay can be used by the vast majority of people, highlights Brito. Contraindications, however, are for those who are allergic to any of the materials that make up this type of clay .

In addition, the clay mask should not be applied to skin that is damaged or has any apparent inflammation. Since it can end up aggravating the problem in some cases.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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