Mud masks have been used for eons, with good reason. Your garden-variety earth imparts many benefits to your skin, not the least of which is clay’s ability to absorb toxins and remove dead skin cells. No wonder so many face masks contain clay as a primary ingredient. But like the colors of the rainbow, face masks come in variety of hues and offer a variety of different clays, each of which has their own special properties. Let’s look at two of the most common: bentonite and kaolin clay.
Bentonite clay comes from volcanic ash. It’s been by various indigenous cultures in Australia, Africa, and the Andes for its plethora of benefits. The clay has even been consumed as a way of detoxing the body. (No, we’re not suggesting you add bentonite to your salad or morning cereal since it probably tastes more or less like dirt.)
Because of its ultra absorbing capabilities, bentonite is great for soaking up excess oil on skin’s surface, which is why it’s so many anti-acne masks. When combined with water and applied topically, the clay binds to toxins and extracts them from the skin’s pores. This helps rid your skin of unsightly blemishes and redness.
It’s also known for expelling heavy metals from the body. This includes toxins like mercury, benzene, and cadmium.
While it comes in other colors, kaolin is most commonly referred to as white clay due to the light milky color variety you’ll find in face masks. It’s super gentle and silky and is great for sensitive skin.
As a topical, kaolin clay is rich in phytonutrients, which helps keep skin moisturized and hydrated. Because of its ultra absorbing capabilities, it helps draw toxins and excess sebum from your skin. So, like bentonite clay, it’s beneficial for those who are prone to oily skin and acne breakouts. Kaolin clay is also high in silica, which useful for removing dead skin and regenerating new skin cells.
With bentonite and kaolin clay combined with a few other proven ingredients, you have our T-Zone Mask. The two clays help absorb impurities from your skin while gently exfoliating it and rehydrating it. So if you’ve got sensitive, blemish-prone skin, this could be the face mask for you!