Our latest spotlight ingredient is French Green Clay. This clay is the main ingredient in our Chamomile & Willow Bark Clarifying Face Mask. Read on to find out what makes this natural skin care ingredient a wise choice for your own skin care rituals.
But first, the basics.
French Green Clay or Illite Clay is a very fine, light green powder collected from sources in Montana, Wyoming, China, and yes, of course Europe. Also known as sea clay, French Green Clay has long been known for its detoxifying skin care benefits that can be attributed to its unique blend of minerals.
Its composition includes dolomite, manganese, silica, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and calcium. The green color is due to the clay's iron oxide and decomposed plant matter content. Interesting!
Here are some of the natural French Green Clay skin care benefits.
You may already know that most clay masks are detoxifying by helping to draw impurities out of the skin. French Green Clay is no different and has been used for years as a detoxifying beauty treatment in many cultures.
How does this happen? Molecules in French Green Clay have a charge, specifically a negative charge. Since most of the impurities on your face are positively charged, the clay and the toxins attach to each other. The clay acts like a magnet. When you remove the mask you wash the impurities down the drain as well leaving behind fresher, cleaner skin.
French Green Clay cleanses and gently exfoliates. This fact is somewhat debated, since clays are not actually cleansing products. But remember how you just discovered that clay attaches to impurities to rinse them away? Well, that in itself is cleansing.
During this process you are also going to wash away some dead skin cells as well that have taken up residence on your face. Well, removing dead skin cells, that's exfoliation.
So while it can't replace professional exfoliation by an esthetician, using French Green Clay does have mild exfoliating power that results brighter, more healthy looking skin.
One of the best benefits of French Green Clay is its high absorbency. Like Australian Washed Blue Bentonite Clay, green clay is one of the most absorbent cosmetic clays.
French Green Clay has the ability to hold close its weight in liquids. That means even after adding water, there's still room for French Green Clay to attract and hold onto impurities before you wash it off your face.
This makes green clay masks highly recommended for oily, clogged or acne prone skin but it's mild enough for any skin type as a part of your ritual clarifying treatments.
How To Use French Green Clay
This wonderful clay is the main ingredient in our Chamomile and Willow Bark Clarifying Face Mask
This clay is best when mixed with mineral-rich filtered water, hydrosols, aloe juice or fruit juice. When mixing, use wooden spatulas and glass or ceramic bowls are as opposed to metallic implements that can lessen the efficacy of the green clay due to ionic exchange disruption.