You probably have heard that clay is fabulous for your skin and hair!
It’s adsorbing, absorbing, cleansing, and detoxifying as well as super nourishing with its abundant minerals and biological activity. Clay is also rich in microbiota, and when activated with water, plant extracts, and herbal infusions, it blossoms with activity that supports YOUR BEST SKIN + HAIR EVER!
But, there are a few things you might not know ….
Some people wonder why we package our clay treatments DRY.
While clay is nourishing and detoxifying when freshly hydrated and applied to your skin, it’s not so wonderful sitting in a jar as it would need to be HEAVILY preserved to keep unfriendly bacteria from proliferating…. and high amounts of preservatives are never good for your skin. So, we package our clay products (except our detox toothpaste with high amounts of antibacterial essential oils) dry and let you activate the clay each time you do a mask!
Do you wonder what happens to that the wonderful bio-activation happens when clay dries on your skin?
Well, it mostly stops. Clay that’s dried after application does protect your skin when you (or your beloved pet) has an injury that needs to be kept clean and dry from contaminating bacteria, but it doesn’t offer the refining, nourishing, and beautifying properties as when wet. An easy way to keep your mask hydrated while you’re wearing it is to mist your face often . I like to use one of our facial mists for the added actives they provide, but pure water or your favorite tea works wonderfully, too. Even dabbing it on with your fingers is just fine:)
You may have noticed that the skin on our necks, decollete (chest area), and hands can often appear more weathered than our faces. Why? I tend to think it’s our focus on only our face when applying skincare products. The neglected areas are just as exposed to weather, sun, and environmental pollutants as our face, so it makes good sense to do for these as you would your face.
If I’m in the bath, I like to brush masks and treatments on my hands, forearms, neck and decollete…. or at least my neck. And if I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll use the bulk clay as a head-to-toe treatment. (When you have the time, I highly suggest the full treatment!)
Until next time, my love + gratitude,
… a bit of clay background if you feel like nerding out with me (and I say this proudly as a eternally curious natural ingredients nerd myself:)
Most clays are formed from volcanic ash that has fallen from the atmosphere, weathers and is collected as sediment. Over time, plant and animal remains as well as other forms of organic and inorganic material add to the mix and decompose to form these organic clays, such as bentonite, montmorillonite, pascalite, illite or French Green. Zeolite and Pyrophyllite (Sacred Clay) are different. They were formed underground, beginning as a boiling lava soup, and eventually cooling due to the interaction with underground aquifer water. The combination of immense underground pressures and steam from contact with the aquifer waters caused the molten rock to transform into these amazing clays. The electromagnetic (detox) properties seem to have been retained to a greater extent compared to the lava ash clays. Zeolite, pyrophyllite and other clays work at the cellular level by trapping heavy metals and toxins and safely removing them from the body. Zeolite is very effective in removing radiation, as shown in the cleanup after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The people showed a 30% reduction in radioactive isotopes after the very first application of Zeolite! Continued use demonstrated increased benefits. The actual Clinoptilolite Zeolite molecule is shaped like a honey-comb and carries a natural negative charge. When this type of Zeolite is ingested into the body, all of the positively charged heavy metals, toxins, and harmful chemicals (mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic, pesticides, petroleum compounds, commercial and industrial chemicals and radiation) are trapped within the cage-like structure of the Zeolite and are safely flushed out through the urine within 6-8 hours. Pyrophyllite is also a potent detoxifier though works a bit differently than Zeolite. It is both an adsorbing and an absorbing clay with a donut-shaped combination of tetrahedral molecules mimicking the shape of a red blood cell. The geometric shape of a red blood cell is the most efficient shape known for the absorbtion of nutrients. Pyrophyllite is also capable of holding toxins to the outside of its molecular structure like iron filings to a magnet, as well as absorb them like a sponge. Pyrophyllite’s exceptionally high negative electro-magnetic charge reaches deep into the tissues and organs to draw toxins to itself. And due to its morphous silica content, essential for making nutrients bioavailable, pyrophyllite is also an exceptional nutritional source for bioavailable macro minerals, trace minerals and angstrom elements. Whether used externally or internally, Zeolite and Pyrophyllite clays are the most powerful detoxifiers and re-mineralizers. According to Ran Knishinsky in The Clay Cure – Natural Healing from the Earth, clay works on the entire organism. No part of our body is left untouched by its healing powers. WOW!