Of all clay therapy products, green clay is the most suitable for making a facial mask capable of cleaning the skin. In an exfoliation with this natural ingredient, you kiss the dreaded acne and pimples goodbye.
According to dermatologist Jackeline Ferreira Mota, green clay is also used to ease dark circles and puffiness in the eyes from sleepless nights. However, even with all these benefits, it is necessary to know how to use it, as each part of the body has its specificities.
What is green clay and what is it for?
The dermatology professional explains that this clay has silicon, iron and aluminum in its chemical composition, in addition to a neutral pH. This means that it “has a ‘drying’ agent, which reduces the oiliness of the skin and dries out acne if the user has it, in addition, of course, to the detoxifying, toning and astringent (renewing the skin) effect”.
When applied to the body, it has other benefits such as reducing measures, combating edema and tissue nutrition. Jackeline Ferreira also advises applying directly to cellulite , as the treatment is able to combat these localized fats.
Other actions are: “softens the cuticles and protects the nails, removes any pain you may have in a certain region, solves the problem of swelling in the eyes, irritation and tiredness during sleep, and combats Seborrheic Dermatitis of the scalp”, says the dermatologist .
How to use?
Generally speaking, you should mix one tablespoon of clay and one or two tablespoons of water, making them a paste. With this content, you can add other natural ingredients according to the purpose of the treatment or use it anyway.
But the dermatologist remembers that there are precautions for before and after application. “Always wash your face beforehand and never apply to the eye area, as the skin is more delicate. Use the shovel or spoon that always accompanies such masks, especially when it is not a single dose, avoiding contamination with impurities for the next applications”, he recommends.
Once applied, let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water and a facial sponge. Also according to Jackeline Ferreira, it is possible that the skin on the face becomes red, as the reaction is related to the astringent effect.
In the end, it is recommended to “apply thermal water or micellar water all over the face. If you plan to relax and sleep, a moisturizer will do. If following [the treatment] there is a commitment, apply a moisturizer and sunscreen, or a cream already with this combination, if you go to an open place. Or a foundation according to your skin before providing the makeup”.
To have a natural remedy against acne inflammation, the beautician, Lívia Rocha, recommends a face mask recipe in the e-book called “The secrets of clays” . For this, it is necessary to replace the water with a tea with fungicidal and bactericidal actions.
Dilute one part clay to two parts rosemary or clove tea until it forms a smooth, even paste. Apply the final content to the area to be treated, avoiding the eyelids. Leave to act for 10 to 30 minutes and remove with cold running water. ( 2 )
Another recipe, this time for those who want to rejuvenate their skin, combines clay therapy with essential oils. In a clean container, put a spoon (tablespoon) full of green clay and water, mix until it becomes doughy. Then add one drop of frankincense essential oil and one drop of palmarosa. Apply to face and leave for 20 minutes, removing with cold water. ( 3 )
treat dark circles
As the eyes are more sensitive regions, the dermatologist recommends applying a clean gauze moistened with clay, water and tea. The infusion can be one of those mentioned above.
Injuries and pain in the body
To enjoy these benefits, just mix a tablespoon of each type of clay and add water little by little until a smooth, homogeneous paste is formed. Apply the mixture to the affected areas and let it dry. Then just wash it with running water. ( 4 )
Prepare the clay as taught at the beginning of this topic, just with water. Then add two drops of geranium essential oil which also acts against cellulite. Then just apply a thick layer on the region you want to treat. Once dry, remove with cold water. ( 3 , 5 )
In the hair
Only green clay with water is enough to clean the scalp, but it is important to emphasize that this treatment should be done only at the root and should not be applied along the length of the hair.
Curiosities about green clay
We have separated five of the main doubts about clay-based treatment. Follow the answers!
1. Where to find it?
The green type is one of the most used, so it is also a little more expensive than the others. Pharmacies, supermarkets, open markets and stores specializing in natural products are the points of sale for this mineral.
2. Is this product valid?
Like any product, clay is also valid, and can last from 1 to 3 years. For this reason, always check the information on the packaging.
3. How many times a week should you apply green clay to your face?
“You can do it two or three times a week, but not on subsequent days, leave an interval between each application”, recommends dermatologist Jackeline Ferreira.
4. Are there contraindications and/or side effects?
The treatment is contraindicated for people who have acute acne, and must have medical advice for its use. With regard to side effects, there is a minimal probability of occurring, only in cases where there is abusive use of this product. ( 6 )
5. What are the differences between this and other clays?
As we have seen, green clay is indicated to reduce skin oiliness, controlling the appearance of acne. In addition, it can reduce measures, treat dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. It can also be used to treat cellulite and to treat pain and injuries. The other types have different benefits that were highlighted by the dermatology professional. Check out:
- Yellow : therapeutic and relaxing use
- Red : increases hydration (skin moisture) and eliminates contaminants and pesticides
- White : widely used in aesthetic treatments
- Pink : great for sensitive skin
- Beige : regulates the skin’s sebum production without dehydrating
- Black : rejuvenates the skin with its energizing action caused by metals, bringing well-being.