Thursday, April 14, 2011
I use French clays in my products for their great rejuvenating, healing, cleansing, exfoliating and smoothing effects they have on the skin. As well as taking away impurities it adds much needed minerals for healthy looking skin.
There are five types of French clay which are defined by colour and each colour has standout properties and recommendations. This is how I decide on which colour to use in which product.
GREEN clay has the most drawing and detoxifying properties. It is ideal for deep cleansing and exfoliating congested skin clearing and healing acne prone skin. It works by drawing out impurities leaving skin clear and fresh looking, refines pores, smooths and deeply moisturises.
YELLOW clay is indicated for very sensitive skin. It’s healing and deep cleansing properties make it ideal for eczema and psoriasis for children or adults. And it’s so gentle it can be used in products for healing nappy rash or any dry skin conditions baby might have.
PINK clay is slightly less drawing properties than green clay and is highly recommended for mature skin. It’s indicated for cell renewal and therefore great for sun damaged skin conditions, broken capillaries and improving elasticity of the skin. It’s a great additive to body butters for very dry skin.
RED clay has very similar properties to PINK clay. It’s recommended for cell renewal and healing damaged skin due to sun damage etc.
WHITE clay is the most gentle with regard to drawing properties. It’s more moisturising and balancing. It’s a great choice for dry or combination skin and gentle enough to use on elderly skin which can become very dry. I use white clay in body scrubs to moisturise and soften the skin.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Skin is drier in winter as there is less moisture in the air. So without the humidity of the warmer months skin dries out very quickly. We are also often sitting in heated rooms that draw the moisture out of the air and our skin. So use an organic body lotion to prevent scaly dry skin. It will add moisture and prevent moisture loss over the day. Apply after a shower before to re-hydrate your skin over night. If you already have very dry skin, use a body butter. They are heavier and absorb over a longer period of time. As they sit on your skin for longer, they leave a sheen on your skin which makes your skin look lovely and shiny. I used to have worse breakouts in winter as my skin became very dry along the jaw line and neck. My organic face moisturisers are great to maintain moisture to prevent breakouts. They are heavy enough for winter but wont leave your face greasy and shiny.