Our French Green Clay is mined in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, and contains high amounts of iron oxides and decomposed plant matter primarily from seaweed, algae, and kelp, thus contributing to its naturally green color and soft powdery texture. French Green Clay is known to have tremendous absorbent qualities and a limitless capacity to pull oil, dirt, and impurities from the skin, making it most useful for oilier skin types. This ‘pulling’ action stimulates the skin to tone pores and purge blackheads, helping to clear blemishes and preventing new ones from forming.
French Green Clay falls under the subcategory of illite clays according to mineralogy. Illite clays are formed when aluminum-rich minerals mix with heat and acidic ground water. French Green Clay was formed in rock quarries located in southern France, and contains a mineral known as montmorillonite, as well as magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and selenium. The combination of these minerals make French Green Clay an ideal ingredient to address oily skin concerns, as well as re-mineralizing and detoxifying the epidermis. French Green Clay works by absorbing impurities from skin cells, sloughing off dead skin cells, and increasing circulation which oxygenates skin’s surface. As the clay dries on the skin, the pores begin to tighten and the skin feels more firm.
French Green Clay is commonly formulated with water (aqua) in skincare products such as facial masks, but replacing a portion or all of the water ingredient with a hydrosol greatly augments the clay’s natural clarifying and revitalizing properties. Neroli, Cistus (Rock Rose), Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Yarrow, and Ylang Ylang hydrosols all contribute astringent, anti-inflammatory actions that tone, tighten, and refine the skin that align with the natural benefits of using French Green Clay on its own. Our personal favorite skincare mask pairs Neroli hydrosol with French Green Clay, along with skin-balancing essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, and Rose Otto. Formulators cannot go wrong with this skin perfecting facial mask recipe combining the powers of French Green Clay, hydrosol, and essential oil.
Pore-Tightening Facial Clay Mask:
Please note, the above recipe is for immediate use after blending. Adding water (or any ingredient containing water) to any type of powdered clay requires a preservative to keep mold, fungi, and bacteria from forming. The above recipe is not intended to be made for future use (for example, retail purposes). For retail inclusion of a preservative is required.
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