In fact, I’d say you were actually ahead of us all and recognized the sweet, magical powers “dirt” can have on our bodies.
One of my favourite places in the whole world is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland – the entire country is pretty magical, but the Blue Lagoon is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. The geothermal water in the Lagoon is actually white from the extremely high amount of silica; when exposed to direct sunlight it appears a beautiful light blue colour. When you enter the baths, giant vats of silica mud are available to bathers to treat themselves to facial masks. Needless to say, I slathered that stuff all over myself, and it made my skin feel amazing! (note: silica is not actually clay, BUT it is one of the healing components of many clays).
Clay, mud, dirt regardless of what you want to consider it is one of the best multi-use ingredients you can keep in your bathroom cupboard. Derived from the earth, clays vary in composition depending on how and where they were formed.
Clay is jam-packed with minerals and creates a beautiful medium to both heal and detoxify the body.
There are a few different types you can buy which vary in colour and mineral content. Bentonite clay is now gaining popularity as a hair mask, as an ingredient in natural toothpaste, and you may have heard about Shailene Woodley touting the detoxifying benefits of eating clay.
Obviously I’m bias and primarily love clay for the skin. It’s most commonly thought of as an ingredient for oily skin, but it really depends on the variety. Here are some of the most common clays:
Green clay: best for oily and acne-prone skin, green clay comes from France and is super absorbent, “drinking” up oils and impurities.
Rhassoul clay: good for all skin types (especially sensitive) this reddish/ brown clay comes from Morocco and contains high amounts of silica and magnesium (which are extremely healing and beneficial for skin regeneration).
Bentonite clay: good for all skin types, this grey/cream coloured clay comes from the volcanic ash sediments found in the U.S.
Make a clay face mask: when used 1-2 times a week, clay masks can tone, purify, and detoxify the skin.
Mix 1-2 TBS of clay with pure water to get a creamy pastes, add 1 TBS of raw honey for added antimicrobial benefits. Apply in a thick layer and leave on for up to 20 minutes.
What’s your favourite way to use clay?