Pink Clay is very famous in skin care for its amazing calming, anti-aging and cleansing benefits.
Pink clay is actually suitable for any skin type, but people with sensitive skin especially praise this type of clay for being so gentle and delicate with already problematic and troubled skin.
What makes this type of clay so gentle and suitable for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin? Unlike other clays, pink clay does not strip off skin natural oil barrier.
If you have oily or combination type of skin, you probably would like to incorporate green clay into your skin care routine. Green clay is perfect if you need to remove oil excess and clear out congested skin pores. However, green clay could be too aggressive for sensitive and dry skin type that already lacks protective oily skin barrier.
Pink clay is often referred as Rose Clay because of the rosy colour.
Benefits of Pink Clay
Pink clay is a combination of white and red clay, so it contains benefits from both. White clay (kaolin) is very beneficial for oily skin, it helps to control oil production. Red clay is used for mature skin that needs improvement in elasticity and boost in collagen products.
Here is the list of Pink Clay benefits:
- Deeply cleans the pores without stripping off skin’s own protective barrier
- Red clay contains Silica mineral which improves skin elasticity and cell regeneration
- Whitens and brightens skin
- Red clay contains copper which production of collagen and elastin in cells
- Improves skin tone
- Normalizes sebum production
- Has a disinfectant effect
- Restores impaired tissue function
The huge advantage of pink clay masks is that they can produce instant results with the very first application. So, if you are anticipating an important event or a date, this mask will help you look your best in a short period of time.
However, as with any instant results, the glowing effect won’t last forever. You will need to use clay mask on a regular basis for permanent or prolonged results.
Rose clay masks are very easy to prepare. All you have to do is to dissolve appropriate amount of clay in water, walk around for 15 minutes and as a result you will have radiant and glowing skin.
Contraindications for using pink clay
Like with any cosmetic ingredient, people might have individual intolerance to this type of clay. You always have to perform a patch test before applying any new product to your face.
In order to perform a patch test, apply small amount of any product to a small spot on your face and leave for 24 hours. If there is no reaction, you are good to go.
How to use pink clay
This clay is very easy to mix at home. The rule of thumb is to pour liquids into clay (not the other way around). This way you will avoid any lumps and will have nice, smooth mixture.
You can dilute clay with any liquid of your liking: water, mineral water, milk, cream, and herbal tea.
In other words, mix clay with liquid until thick sour cream consistency. Then you can add oil, honey and other additives.
Do not dilute pink clay in metal bowls. You can use glass, wood, silicone or even plastic (though not recommended) container.
Pink clay masks dry very fast and can form dense crust. Apply your masks for 10-15 minutes maximum and do not exceed this time.
Avoid applying mask to eye and lip area.
How often to use pink clay masks?
You can use pink clay masks 2 times a week. However, if you have dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin, do not use this mask more than 1 time a week. And alway apply moisturizer after washing mask off.
Anti-Aging Pink Clay Mask
3 table spoons of pink clay
3 table spoon of warm water
4 tablets of aspirin
Mix clay and water together (the mixture should resemble sour cream consistency). Grind aspirin, add to the mixture and mix well. Apply to your face for 15 min and wash off with warm water. Follow up with moisturizer.
Nourishing Pink Clay Mask for Dry Skin
3-4 table spoons of pink clay
1 table spoon of 10% cream
1 table spoon of sour cream 14%
1 table spoon of honey
Mix clay with milk, add warm honey and sour cream, mix well. Apply to cleansed skin for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Nourishing Pink Clay Mask for Oily Skin
Same as mask for dry skin, but instead of milk and sour cream, add 2 table spoons of low fat yogurt.
This mask does not contain aggressive ingredients, and yet it perfectly cleans, refreshes and tightens the skin.
Pink Clay mask to minimize appearance of large pores
This mask deeply cleanses clogged pores and even tightens them.
1 table spoon of pink clay
1 tea spoon of lemon juice
3-4 drops of rosemary essential oil
1 table spoon of whisked egg white
Mix everything, apply to skin for 15 min and wash off with warm water.
As I mentioned above you can add ingredients that you know will work best for your skin type.
Clay has been an essential component in health care, skin care and hair people for hundreds of years.
Historians believe that ancient people noticed that when fruit fell into clay, it stayed fresh much longer than fruit next to it. With time our ancestors discovered cosmetic effects of clay on humans. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and ancient Chinese used clay for skin and hair care.
In today’s cosmetology pink clay assists in cleansing and removing excess skin sebum, clearing and minimizing pores, whitening skin, smoothing fine wrinkles, oxygenating skin, reducing inflammation and allergies, and many, many other uses.
If you have troubled, irritated, dry, sensitive skin, pink clay will help you with no doubt.