Invigorating, deep cleaning, clarifying clay mask for more refined skin Ideal for oily, sensitive, combination, dry, blemished, acne-prone, calloused, large-pored, normal, and mature (aging) skin Helps clean the pores and shrinks pore size, which helps pores remain unclogged Clay absorbs impurities and excess oil by drawing it out of the skin's surface Combination of clay and witch hazel help rid the skin of debris, dirt, and dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to blemishes Targets excess sebum (oil) production Gently exfoliates the skin and supports an even complexion Refines and clarifies the skin by reducing the appearance of enlarged pores Targets dark spots, blackheads, acne, and other skin issues Vegan Certified to NATRUE standards Natural and/or organic ingredients free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, mineral oils, silicone, and PEG
Ingredients Concern: None
Cons: If clay is left on the skin for too long it may irritate or dry out the skin; Mask treatment should be limited to once or twice a week; Some clay may be contaminated with other substances that may irritate the skin
Topical clay applications substantially lessen trans-epidermal water loss and heighten moisture retention in the skin . In addition, these ingredients contain antioxidants that target invaders linked to unhealthy inflammatory levels (e.g., free radicals) that can damage the skin .
Hamamelis Virginia (witch hazel) contain antioxidants that target pro-inflammatory substances (e.g., free radicals) that can damage the skin by causing redness, irritation, blackheads, and blemishes .
Note regarding the Strength, Results, and Safety: Loess clay is a form of windborne sediment of typically about 20% or less of clay and roughly equal parts silt and fine-grain sand. It is usually loosely cemented by calcium carbonate. Some forms of loess clay may only contain small amounts of actual clay, which means there is a loss of organic matter and less than expected efficacy. Bentonite clay is often preferred in regards to clay-based skin cleansing products. Witch hazel is well-known for its skin cleansing properties and it has a good safety profile. Corn starch is a safer alternative to talc, which is a carcinogen.
Skin cleansing and exfoliation [1, 2], targets photodamaged, sensitive, oily, acne-prone, combination, and blemished skin [1, 2]
Clay helps cleanse the skin by pulling impurities towards the skin's surface and it has skin cell rejuvenating properties . Clay also has occlusive properties that help minimize pore size and lower the loss of water from the skin .
Hamamelis Virginia (witch hazel) has skin soothing and protective properties .
Key Ingredients: Loess clay, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)
All Ingredients: Loess, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch¬†
Use once or twice each week. Blend approx. 2 heaped teaspoons of Clarifying Clay Mask with an equal amount of water to create a smooth paste. Smooth onto the face, neck and, if necessary, decolletage. Avoid eye area. For normal, blemished and oily skin, remove after approx. 10 minutes with plenty of warm water or a damp cosmetic sponge. For skin which tends to be dry and sensitive, apply Clarifying Clay Mask more thinly and gently remove after 3-5 minutes.
Optimally prepare your skin for deep cleansing with Clarifying Steam Bath.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
1. Williams LB, Haydel SE. Evaluation of the medicinal use of clay minerals as antibacterial agents. Int Geol Rev. 2010;52(7/8):745-770.
2. Thring TS, Hili P, Naughton DP. Antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory activity of extracts and formulations of white tea, rose, and witch hazel on primary human dermal fibroblast cells. J Inflamm (Lond). 2011;8(1):27.