If you've ever used a natural facial mask before, there's a good chance you've heard of clay based skin care. You probably know by now that there are actually a number of different varieties of clay each with their own unique list of benefits for the skin. I've covered the benefits of White Clay and Pink Clay, but one of my favourite types is Green Clay, an incredible deep cleanser that really can work wonders for congested skin!
Benefits of Green Clay for oily skin
Green Clay is really beneficial for anyone with oily, combination or acne prone skin because it works to restore balance to the skin, extracting and soaking up any excess oils lurking within the pores that can cause acne, breakouts and general build-up and congestion. It's also great for helping to mattify the skin, making it ideal for anyone with an unsightly oily T zone. Green Clay is also really effective deep cleanser, working to balance out the skin's pH levels and stimulating cell regeneration to leave you with a fresh and glowing complexion.
Best natural Green Clay face masks
Life Basics Pure Green Clay Facial Mask
One of my absolute favourite facial masks which I recommend to anyone with oily skin issues is the Life Basics Pure Green Clay Facial Mask. This mask comes as a pure Australian Green Clay powder that you mix with water to create a paste, and it works to draw out any imperfections from deep within the pores to leave you with deeply cleansed, detoxed skin. Ideal for controlling breakouts and oil production, apply all over the face if you have very oily skin or just concentrate on the T zone if you only have issues there, leaving on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off.
La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask
Enriched with nourishing Aloe Vera, Rose Water, Cocoa and Shea Butters and Macadamia Oil to soothe and soften the complexion, the La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask combines both Green and White Clay with Marula Oil and Gotu Kola to absorb impurities, balance your skin's pH levels and leave you with a really healthy glow. Purifying and pore reducing, this refreshing formula is designed to leave skin feeling hydrated, plump and smooth, and is Vegan, Certified Organic and Australian made. Ideal for use every other day for a quick refresh, apply a generous amount to face, neck and décolletage and leave for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Andalou Naturals Pods Instant Clarity Face Mask
Containing clarifying Blue Clay, the Andalou Naturals Pods Instant Clarity Face Mask is perfect for travel and makes it so easy unclog your pores and really purify the skin, no matter where you are. With nutrient rich Aloe Vera, Argan Oil and Cocoa Butter, this anti-inflammatory formula also contains balancing Witch Hazel and Willow Bark to control oil production and discourage breakouts. Pore minimising and circulation boosting, it also contains refreshing Camphor and Peppermint Oils to rejuvenate the complexion. Vegan and Gluten Free, it can be applied to damp or dry skin and left on for 10-20 minutes.
Acure Brightening Facial Mask
To help refresh and brighten congested skin I can't go past the Acure Brightening Facial Mask, which uses Green Clay to draw out impurities while Chlorella Growth Factor, Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Sea Buckthorn Oil may help stimulate skin cell regeneration and deeply rejuvenate and hydrate the skin. Gluten Free and Vegan, this brightening mask can be used all over the face and allowed to set for 10-15 minutes before thoroughly rinsing off with warm water.
Natural Green Clay skin care and hair care
Life Basics Konjac Sponge Green Clay
Have you heard of Konjac sponges before? The Life Basics Konjac Sponge Green Clay fuses the already wonderful cleansing properties of a traditional Konjac sponge with Green Clay for the deepest possible clean. Perfect for use on its own with water or in conjunction with your usual facial cleansing gel or cream, this pH neutral, lightly exfoliating sponge helps to absorb grease and replenish skin with a boost of minerals.
Life Basics Bath Bomb Peppermint & Spearmint
If you want your whole body to reap the benefits of Green Clay, try the Life Basics Bath Bomb in Peppermint & Spearmint for a seriously refreshing and rebalancing bath. This luxurious bath bomb gives your entire body a Green Clay powered detox, may help to control body acne and build-up, plus it contains rejuvenating Peppermint to help melt away muscle tension and energise the mind.
Yarok Feed Your Style Dry Shampoo
Because of its powerfully absorbent properties, it makes sense that Green Clay is an amazing ingredient in hair care too! The Yarok Feed Your Style Dry Shampoo actually uses French Green Clay to absorb excess oil from the hair and scalp between washes, so you can extend the life of your last wash or blow dry. Vegan and colour safe, this refreshing dry shampoo has a soft fragrance from natural citrus oils and can also be used to add texture and volume to roots.