Clay has been used for centuries for its healing and detoxifying powers and is now a common ingredient in beauty treatments.
But which tone is best suited for sensitive skin? Look no further than this quick guide to the most common tones.
Bentonite is said to have electrical properties. When mixed with water, its molecules are charged and pull impurities from the skin into the clay – just like a magnet.
This makes it a popular ingredient in acne and congestion products, but it tightens the skin, which can feel too hard and dry on sensitive skin tones.
This fine tone comes in rainbow colors from white to pink and is considered one of the mildest tones. Less absorbent and with a finely ground texture, it does not dry out as much or tighten the skin as much as other types of clay.
We use white kaolin both in our Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA mask and in our Rosehip BioRegenerate Rapid Radiance Mask – until carefully remove contaminants and balance the oil again, while other ingredients can deeply nourish and hydrate.
Sometimes referred to as "sea tone", the green color of French clay comes from the decomposed plant material and iron oxide.
French Clay is highly absorbent and a popular choice for very oily skin. It draws blood to the surface of the skin, promotes blood circulation and creates a tingling sensation that can be too stimulating for some sensitive skin.
This red clay is mined in Morocco and traditionally used both on the skin and on the hair.
Rhassoul clay is negatively charged and helps remove positively charged toxins, including excess oil and blackheads, from the skin.
Although this clay is very thick, it dries less and leaves the skin feeling pleasant and soft.
Fuller's earth tone
Fuller's earth has incredible absorption power – it is even used in cat litter and car products to absorb oil spills!
Because of its absorbency, it often occurs in the ingredients of products for oily skin and hyperpigmentation (it has mild bleaching properties), but we think it is a little too dry and best avoided by sensitive skin types.