White clay: what it is for and how to use it on the face, hair and body

Clay has been used in natural medicine since very ancient civilizations to treat injuries, relieve irritation, treat insect bites and perform therapeutic baths.

The Greeks and Egyptians already used the product to clean their skin, and things have not changed much since then. Today, it is an excellent ally in the aesthetic treatments known as clay therapy.

The white clay (also known as china clay) is a mineral component formed from the degradation of sedimentary rocks which are decomposed by exposure to wind and water over the years.

It is rich in mineral compounds such as aluminum, silica and kaolinite. In addition, it is considered one of the mildest for aesthetic treatments, as its pH is very close to that of the skin.


What is white clay for?

The white clay can be used in various cosmetic procedures due to its healing properties, anti-inflammatory and moisturizers.

Here are some of its benefits and how to make the best use of its properties:

In the face

It can be used as a mask and scrub for the face. As a mask, it absorbs skin oils, moisturizes, helps to reduce inflammation such as pimples ( acne ) and eliminates toxins and impurities from the skin.

As an exfoliator, the white clay exfoliates lightly, removing dead cells, revitalizing the skin and leaving it deeply clean and soft. Because it is softer, it can also be used on sensitive skin.

It contains lightening properties and can therefore be used to treat skin blemishes caused by the sun or acne.

On body

White clay can be used to detoxify the skin and replenish minerals. It moisturizes deeply and can be used on the body as an exfoliating and moisturizing mask in very dry areas.

It is also widely used to lighten darkened areas such as groins and armpits.

In the hair

The clay has nutrients that moisturize the hair, restore the keratin lost in the damaged strands and strengthen the scalp.

It can also be used on hair as a kind of capillary peel , which eliminates dead cells and impurities. In addition, it can stimulate the oxygenation of hair bulbs, helping the growth of the hair.

White clay has anti-residue, detoxifying and bactericidal action, which helps to reduce scalp oiliness.

Benefits of white clay

The most well-known benefits of white clay, according to studies, are the ability to purify and remineralize the skin (reconstitution of lost minerals).

In addition, it has other properties that bring several benefits to the skin and hair. Check out some of them below:

  • Firms the skin;
  • Eliminates dandruff;
  • Helps in healing;
  • Prevents contamination and fights infections;
  • Lightens the skin;
  • Detoxifies the skin and scalp;
  • Absorbs toxins and impurities by deeply cleaning the skin;
  • Promotes the reconstruction of skin tissues, acting against sagging;
  • Stimulates the circulation of the scalp, promoting hair growth;
  • Eliminates oil from skin and hair;
  • Softens, moisturizes and softens the skin.

Does white clay lighten the skin?

Yes. Studies indicate that white clay can help lighten some types of spots on the skin, such as those caused by sun or hair removal done incorrectly.

That’s because these spots are caused by a type of irritation in the dermis that stimulates melanocytes – melanin-producing cells responsible for skin pigmentation.

The process that causes these spots is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Therefore, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of white clay, it can help in the treatment of these stains by attenuating skin inflammation.

It can also help when used as an exfoliator, as it eliminates toxins and dead cells, leaving a more luminous skin aspect.

It is worth remembering that white clay does not work miracles. It can help lighten the skin, but it must be combined with treatments such as peels and laser procedures, which are in fact effective for skin whitening.

How to use?

As we have seen, white clay can be used as a mask or scrub. It does not harm the skin and, therefore, can be used from oily to sensitive skin.

To do this, just make a paste with white clay powder and water and apply to the areas to be bleached, leaving it to act for 15 minutes and then rinsing.

How to prepare

The form of preparation is very simple and easy to do on a daily basis. Before use, the skin must be clean. The indicated is to wash the face with facial soap, then rinse and dry the skin.

Below is a preparation option that can be made at home and used as a facial and exfoliating mask:

  1. In a glass or plastic container *, add a tablespoon (10g) of powdered white clay;
  2. Then add 2 tablespoons of mineral water or saline (15mL);
  3. Mix well to form a paste;
  4. Then, apply the paste all over the face, avoiding the eyes and mouth area;
  5. It will dry completely and start to crack. At that time, you can prick and scratch a little, but it is normal;
  6. Let it act for 20 minutes;
  7. Remove with water at the temperature you prefer (hint: with warm water it comes out easier;
  8. If you want to exfoliate your face, still wet it with the mask and, when it softens, gently rub your face in circular motions before rinsing.

The skin may turn red after applying the mask. This is normal due to increased blood circulation in the region during the procedure.

In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and in case of skin irritation, discontinue use.

* Metal containers can interfere with the minerals contained in the clay.

How many times a week

The white clay mask can be made twice a week on alternate days. Other clay-based products, such as soaps, can be used daily.

Before and after

Check out some results of treatment with clay in the bleaching of blemishes and acne treatment:

Where to buy?

White powdered clay can be found in markets, physical and online cosmetic stores, pharmacies or health food stores.

Check out some options of pure clay or products that contain white clay in its composition below:

  • Pure White Clay Powder Panizza
  • Beauty 4 Fun Anti-Oil Clay Dry Facial Mask
  • Clay Face Mask White Clay
  • Skala SOS White Clay Hair Treatment Cream
  • Leave-in capillary Garbu’s Hair White Clay

Taking care of yourself is important for your well-being and self-esteem . If you can make that moment a break to relax it is even better.

Using natural products for this, such as white clay, you are sure that you are not attacking your skin with any chemical components.

Did you already know white clay and its benefits? Share with us your experience and if you have any other legal recipe with it.

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