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Cosmetic Clays 101: Reviewing Two of the Most Popular Choices!

If you are a fan of DIY facials and love pampering your skin with simple but effective ingredients, you should definitely try cosmetic clays. Clays contain minerals and are typically sourced from a specific region. Some of the popular options include Kaolin, French green, and bentonite clay. Each clay has a specific mix of minerals and is best suited for certain skin concerns. In this post, we are reviewing the two common choices – bentonite and kaolin clay.

All about kaolin clay

For the uninitiated, kaolin clay is high in kaolinite, which is a known mineral. Unlike some of the other cosmetic clays, kaolin clay doesn’t swell up. Believed to be first mined in China, kaolin clay is odourless and has the texture of fine powder. If you are someone with sensitive skin, this could be a perfect choice since kaolin clay is considered to be gentle and is suitable for most skin types. It doesn’t dry up the skin like other natural clays, which makes it ideal for people with dry skin as well. Expect to get soft, glowing skin along with an even skin tone. Kaolin clay does remove excess oils but doesn’t dry up the natural balance of oils. It gently exfoliates the skin, making it look smoother.

All about bentonite clay

When it comes to pampering the skin, nothing really beats the famed bentonite clay. When you add water to this clay, it will swell up and transform into a more gel-like texture. It contains montmorillonite – a mix of soft minerals, and is greygreyish-green in colour. The best produce comes from Wyoming, in the USA. While bentonite clay works well on most skin types, it is best suited for acne-prone, normal and oily skin. It removes excess oils from the skin, has astringent properties, and is great for tightening the skin. If you have extremely dry skin, you can go for kaolin clay, which is much gentler on the skin.

Tips to buying cosmetic clays

Not all clays that are sold in the market are of cosmetic grade, so check for that on the label. Good cosmetic clay should be pure and free of any additions. Clays can be used as a part of regular skincare, safely once or twice every week, but be careful to check if the product is drying your skin.

Make sure to do a patch test, before you make a DIY mask at home.

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