The latest miracle: cosmetic clay
The popularity of cosmetic clays is not new, as various clays were already used in ancient Egypt to cleanse the skin and preserve its beauty.
The ancient Greeks also used it, and even Hippocrates, the famous physician, knew and recommended the use of clay for the treatment of wounds and skin problems. This natural raw material, also known as mineral earth, is now present in several cosmetic products, such as facial masks, shampoos, creams, and hair conditioners.
Cosmetic clays are distinguished by their color. Each color indicates the presence of a different mineral and can be used for different problems.
- Green clay: One of the most popular clays in the cosmetic industry, which is excellent for oily skin. Green clay typically contains illitite, an iron-titanium oxide mineral that gives it its green color.
- White clay: White clay is mild and suitable for dry and sensitive skin. Its main ingredient is kaolin, which is a fine-grained, white mineral.
- Pink clay: Pink clay promotes skin regeneration and improves skin tone. Its mineral composition may include illiteite, kaolin, and/or hematite, which may give it its pink color.
- Red clay: Red clay is rich in iron and minerals that promote blood circulation and metabolism. Red clay usually contains iron-containing clays, such as hematite, which gives it its red hue.
- Blue clay: Blue clay relieves redness and improves skin tone. It usually contains illitite, which gives it its blue color.
These are just a few examples of minerals, colors, and minerals that can occur in cosmetic masks. The composition of individual clays can vary, depending on where they were mined and how they were processed.