White clay: what is it for and how to use it on the face and body

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Clay therapy is a natural treatment that can prevent unwanted changes in the skin, such as spots, wrinkles and acne . All these problems are very common due to daily exposure to sun, wind and pollution.

The white clay is the type most suitable to lighten the skin, softening up melasma spots. In addition, it acts as a healing and antioxidant. This is what the beautician Lívia Rocha guarantees.

“Clays, regardless of color, are extracted from the soil and composed of microminerals (iron oxide, zinc, magnesium, manganese, aluminum, silicon, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, among others). White clay, in turn, has a greater amount of aluminum silicate, kaolinite and mineral salts, which is why it has a pH very close to that of the skin (between 4.7 and 5.7)”, he explains.

But, in addition to being beneficial for the face, this natural product is also very suitable for hair health . Want to know more about this subject? Follow it below!

White clay: what is it for?

“In addition to maintaining the skin’s metabolic functions, it has a lightening, smoothing, moisturizing, revitalizing and healing action , promoting increased oxygenation in congested areas, which is why it is more suitable for sensitive and dehydrated skin ”, reveals Lívia.

Also according to the professional, this treatment can serve to alleviate melasma, a hyperpigmentation of the skin caused by dermal dysfunction or inflammation. This is not to mention in its performance in face of stretch marks , an aesthetic issue that bothers many women and is due to the breakage of elastin fibers in the skin.

The use of this lighter clay is indicated for the treatment of dandruff and psoriasis . However, Lívia Rocha stresses that the product should only be applied on the scalp and not on the hair. “If you want the tree to have a beautiful crown, take care of its roots”, explains the specialist in analogy…

How to use?

There are several ways to use clay therapy, but each one of them has its specificities according to the purpose of the treatment.

on skin and face

According to Lívia Rocha, before applying this treatment, it is recommended to do a light exfoliation in the desired region. In addition, this exfoliant should be suitable for the skin and not homemade recipes based on coffee or sugar, for example. With clean skin, the result is usually more satisfactory.

After cleaning, you should dry the skin and apply the clay, noting how the product will react. “If it cracks in the first 5 minutes, it means that the skin is malnourished. If it turns yellow, it means that the skin has many free radicals and toxins (excess of preservatives, sugar and salt in the body)”, warns the beautician.

In general, the mask should be removed soon after it cracks, not exceeding 15 minutes. Removal is done with cold running water, leaving the skin completely free of the product.

“After removing the clay, I recommend applying a tonic that will maintain the skin’s pH balance and a moisturizer or sunscreen ”, concludes the professional.

mask recipe

The esthetic professional created an e-book called “ The secrets of clays ”, in which she shows which clay is best suited for each type of skin. In this book, she teaches some mask recipes such as mixing white clay, rosehip oil and chamomile tea .

“Chamomile tea contains flavonoids that will help your skin absorb all the beneficial properties of rosehip, which in turn stimulates rejuvenation and has an anti-wrinkle, anti-pocket and anti-dark circle action. It also has a skin lightening action”, he says.

How to use

Dilute 1 part clay to 2 parts chamomile tea until it forms a smooth, even paste. Then add 3 drops of rosehip vegetable oil . Apply on the desired area, let it act for 10 to 30 minutes and remove with running water.

In the hair

Applying to the scalp is even easier than to the skin, as it does not require all the preparation recommended in the previous case. However, hair treatment requires some care with regard to clay preparation, which can be in natura  or mixed with other natural products.

In the first case, the specialist indicates diluting the clay in some tonic or serum. If you want to reinforce the benefits of this mineral, it is recommended to add aloe vera (aloe vera) , liquid bepantol (vitamin B5) or some vegetable oil.

Aloe vera helps in the treatment of dandruff. Vitamin B complex, on the other hand, increases hair hydration. Finally, vegetable oil, which can be jojoba oil , is ideal for cleaning the strands, leaving them shiny, without dandruff or frizz. ( 1 )

“The important thing is not to leave more than 15 minutes. And if the clay cracks before that, remove it immediately”, he adds.

Curiosities about clay therapy

We’ve sorted out some of the biggest questions about clay treatment, check out the answers!

1. Can you use clay on your face every day?

“I recommend once a week . Enough time for the skin to be able to perceive the treatment and be able to naturally renew itself with more strength and shine”, warns Lívia.

2. What is the best clay to lighten the skin?

According to the beautician, the light shades are the most suitable for whitening. “The darker, the more acidic and the treatment is for another purpose (acneic and oily skins)”, he explains.

3. What is the price of this product and where to buy it?

White clay, like other types, can be purchased at pharmacies, natural food stores or street markets. Her kilo is usually sold for less than R$15.

4. Which clay is better: green or white?

“In clay therapy there is no better clay based only on its color. Each treatment and skin type has its most suitable clay. In the case of green clay , it is the source of greatest diversity of microminerals. Widely used in body care for cellulite treatment and measures reduction due to its detoxifying and anti-edema effect, toning and nourishing the tissue”, reveals Lívia Rocha.

Contraindications and side effects

White clay has no contraindications, and side effects only arise if it is used in the wrong way (many times a week) or mixed with some product not suitable for the skin. Among the reactions we can mention irritation, itching and redness in the applied area.

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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