French green clay, also known as sea clay is a valuable mineral used in facial masks, body masks or organic hair products as a rejuvenating agent.
Green clay is a deposit that is taken out from the earth at depths that can vary depending on the quality and health of the land it is extracted from. Once extracted, the clay is sun-dried and goes through a whole process to be readily usable as a fine powder that will be used in masks. The term French green clay does not mean that all clays come from France but France was one of the first countries to trade it and the term remained thereafter. It is also one of the best quality clay and the quality is determined by its color that should range from green to light green, the green color being induced by decomposed plants and iron oxides.
Green clay benefits
Clay is rich in minerals and natural oligoelements and has a powerful action on the skin, body and hair as it helps get rid of the toxins absorbed through cosmetics and environmental pollution and works at a deep level while cleansing the skin and leaving it soft, fresh and toned. The trace minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, copper, and selenium) are the elements that give the clay its healing properties and all the elements work in symbiosis to produce their healing action.
Bentonite and montmorillonite clay types are the common medicinal clays used in alternative medicine and have been since the prehistoric ages through the Egyptian times until now to help with wounds, inflammations, skin problems and skin rejuvenation.
One can find many clay types and some can even be taken internally. Clay can be useful for internal bowel movement disorders, to treat candida, for detoxification of the body, to ease upset stomachs and in folk medicine, clay is even used by pregnant women to reduce nausea.
Applied on the skin, clay has natural anti-bacterial properties, is used to detoxify the skin, to get rid of impurities, to heal skin disorders such as acne and even wounds or ulcers; it has also a regenerative action on the tissues. The clay elements penetrate the body and go exactly where healing needs to take place, unlike chemical medications that can also destroy the tissues and good bacteria while fighting the bad.
How to use clay
Clay works best when mixed with floral water (rose water for example) in order to create a paste that is then applied as a thick layer on the skin. It should be removed after 5 to 10 minutes, even 20 minutes for normal skins. Clay can be used by both men and women; it is an amazing remedy to have at home and it has a very long shelf-life as much as 4 years. The same paste can be applied on the hair to leave them clean and silky.
When choosing your French green clay, ensure that you are getting a real one (don’t forget to check the color!). The ideal is to choose an organic product or 100% natural green clay. Green clay is mostly used on normal to oily skin. If you have a more sensitive skin, you can also try the red clay that will act the same way as the green clay only in a more gentle way. Clay can even be combined with additional ingredients such as organic essential oils or herbal remedies to intensify its healing actions. Using green clay once a week will help the body and skin to get rid of all accumulated toxins.