Not to tangent too much, as you may already know, Maple Holistics kindly sent me a couple of natural haircare products to try (which I've reviewed here) and were lovely enough to pop in a couple of skincare bits. On trying them for a few weeks, I soon realised these were going to need posts of their own! If you're in need of a good and affordable serum (and let's face it, who isn't?!) then check out my review of their Vitamin C serum, it's quite something.
The Ancient Clay Face Mask is a glorious thing. (And if you've heard of/lusted after the Aztec Indian Healing Clay then this is much the same, if not better.) To the untrained eye it's a rather large tub of grey powder. But in fact it's a mixture of 3 different natural clays in their raw and unprocessed form, to use as you will. They may not be enrobed in the fanciest packaging but don't be fooled, these clay are some of the main ingredients in much more expensive masks. (think these REN/Glamglow/Origins etc masks)
♥ Bentonite Clay is a healing clay that's well known for it's detox capabilities. Upon contact with a fluid, it can change it's 'electrical charge' which allows it extract toxins, metal and chemicals from the skin. It's the type of clay you'll find in detox/slimming body wraps too like the Universal Contour Wrap.
♥ French Green Clay is an illite clay which again, draws impurities from the skin. It tones the skin by bringing fresh blood to the surface and tightens up your pores.
♥ Multani Mitti aka Fuller's Earth is used in the treatment of various common skin issues such as pigmentation, scars, discolouration, wrinkles and acne.
So altogether, you can imagine it's a bit of a powerhouse. And it's a multi-usage product, my favourite kind. I use it.....
...as a basic Face Mask. I add a scoop of the powder to 2 of water and mix thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin and leave until it dries, (I won't pretend it's pretty) before washing off with a hot muslin cloth. Only a few uses later and your skin genuinely starts looking better.
...as a 'souped up' Face Mask. (Like adding nitrous oxide to your car, vrooooom!!) I like to add apple cider vinegar to the powder and water, for a dab of astringency, a little dribble of jojoba oil for moisturisation and a drop or two of an essential oil.
...against KP or Kerotosis Pilaris. KP is rough, bumpy skin in places which is common in people with dry skin; I get it on my upper arms! Mixing up a larger volume, I slather this on my arms and it helps to smoothhhh it all out.
...in the bath. Pop in a few scoops to your bath water for a gentle, detoxifying soak. It's really surprising how soft your skin feels when you get out. You can add a cup or 2 of Epsom salts too for the ultimate skin soother.
...as a DIY detox/slimming wrap. Mix up 1 part clay to 2 parts water, spread it thickly onto the skin that needs some aid??? and wrap it fairly tightly up in clingfilm (saran wrap). I pop on an old jumper or some joggers and leave it on for an hour or so. When you unwrap, just brush off the excess clay (which should be dry by now) and enjoy the detox/slimming effects!
Do you love clay masks? What are your favourite face masks?!
And if you've got any other uses for clay powders, I'd love to hear about them!
This post contains PR samples.