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Clays, some of the oldest therapeulic materials used by humans, are the most perfect base materials for masks. Regular use will yield skin that is bright, smooth, clear and supple. They stimulate circulation, collect and hold skin's natural heat, and promote toxin elimination.
Clays are made up of minerals from the earth including; silicates, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which affect bones, blood pressure and cellular permeability while also acting as moisture regulators. Their unique molecular structure gives clay a remarkable ability to absorb organic compounds, including liquids and toxins. Clays also participate in ionic exchanges, within the skin, to balance the skin's acid level for optimum function.
The Ingredients To Die For Kaolin and Illite clays are the highest quality "superfine" grades imported from around the world, while our Bentonite Clay is from the high plains of Montana, where it was bom in volcanic ash. Clay therapy includes masks, baths, poultices, scrubs and even emulsions. We offer you the ability to create clay mask treatments, where clay therapy, and aromatherapy, are combined to create uniquely gratifying experiences.
Notes on Clay Intensities
Clays are distinguished by their color, which is also the indicator for their structure and activity. Since the clays are only active when wet, you can determine the intensity of activity by varying the thickness of the mask. To reduce the intensity of action, shorten the duration of treatment or decrease the thickness of the clay. To increase the intensity of action, apply a thicker layer of clay or lengthen the duration. Most masks are between 1/ 16 and 1/4 inch thick, but even a very fine layer of clay can be effective. Clay poultices, on the other hand, which are used on smaller areas for healing underlying tissues and organs, are usually 1 inch thick.
Green Illite Clay is best reserved for overactive, oily skin types. It is a strong absorbent and is used primarily for drainage, where it reduces swelling, and in topical applications for sore joints, muscles and arthritis. Green illite is also effective for purifying and detoxing treaments.
Red Kaolin Clay, the color resulting from its high Iron content, deep cleans and smooths rough skin and is recommended for aging skin.
Pink Kaolin Clay is perfect for general cosmetic use, offering a combination of gentleness and deep cleansing. Note: Red and Pink masks will appear to leave a light red stain behind as you first rinse them off. Don't be alarmed, it fades almost immediately.
White Kaolin Clay has a high aluminum content and is very useful for skin repair, cleansing, and toning, it is also gentle enough for sensitive and dry skin.
Bentonite Clay is highly absorbent and is used regularly in the cosmetics industry to add texture and volume to masks. Bentonite is hard to work into a smooth paste on its own, but is wonderful combined with Green Illite. Four pounds added to a bath is reported to be an excellent detoxifying treatment for the body - highly recommended for those with exposure to paint and other chemicals!
For a Basic Mask You will need; a glass or ceramic bowl, a glass or other non porous utensil, distilled or spring water (or better still - a hydrosol or Organicals Botanical Extract), and your clay. You can also make this great pre-made liquid for masks; 2 parts mineral water, 2 parts hydrosol and 1 part aloe vera juice, then just add this liquid base as needed.
If the preparation is too thin, add more clay -- too thick, add more liquid.
Generally, masks can be applied once or twice per week. Follow with a toner suited for your skin type or a spritz of cool hydrosol. If you are new to clay therapy, we commend that you apply a thin mask a few times a week for a shorter periods of time (8 - 10 minutes), until the skin is thoroughly cleansed.
Tips... Masks work best when the skin has been cleansed and prepared beforehand. After using a facial cleaner of your choice, prepare a steam bath. Heat water to just below boiling. Pour into a large bowl and add 1 drop of essential oil recommended for you skin type (see recipes below for common clays, substitute with the specialized clays to suit your needs). Situate yourself comfortably with your face about 12 inches from the bowl. Cover your head with a towel and breathe deeply for approximately 5 minutes. Your skin is now perfectly prepared for a mask.
Sensitive skin (Test a small patch of skin, before applying a larger mask)
Prematurely aging or wrinkled skin
Green clay poultice
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