Posted on 07/31/2022 08:03
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Clays have come to the fore among beauty content creators, in line with skincare rituals that value less industrialized alternatives. And while previously they were mostly available in natural products stores, today they can be easily purchased at pharmacies and local shops.
Despite the sudden fame today, clay masks are considered to be the oldest preparations used in aesthetic treatments. Cleopatra, for example, used them to protect and enhance the skin of her face. However, there are those who doubt its effectiveness, as there are few systematic studies to support its therapeutic effects. After all, are these compounds really beneficial to the skin?
According to dermatologist Luanna Portela, member of the Brazilian Dermatology Association, yes! This is because clays are rich in minerals that help deep clean the skin. Among its therapeutic benefits, it is possible to mention its antiseptic, analgesic, bactericidal, detoxifying, mineralizing, thermal and energetic balancing, anti-inflammatory and healing effects.
There are formulations ready to be applied to the skin on the market, but there is nothing to prepare for those who prioritize homemade recipes. Lilian Mendes, dermatologist at Viva! Dermatology recommends the following steps: mix 2 tablespoons of clay with mineral water, hydrolate or filtered water to create a paste; apply to clean skin until an even layer is formed; let the product act for 15 minutes; Use a sponge or gauze soaked in cold water to remove, and finally apply a moisturizer.
Also, choose non-metallic containers to blend and avoid sensitive areas like lips and eye area. It can be used up to twice a week on oily skin due to its astringent effect, and you can spray thermal water on the face during the procedure to improve the result. Clay therapy in other parts of the body has similar functions – soothing, antioxidant, whitening – and should not be applied to lesions and sensitive areas.
It is also valid for use on hair, but care must be taken. As trichologist Denise Braga explains, clays can only be beneficial when used on the scalp; the length of the strands can cause damage, drying them. In practice, it is necessary to put the mask on dirty locks, because it will play a role both in removing oil molecules from the area and in the chelation of heavy metals (the scalp can become a reservoir in people taking medication). remaining items).
You should always moisten after use to restore some of the oil removed. “Not everyone can opt for a clay treatment in the hair, as not all roots are open to this approach. Anyone with psoriasis or similar lesions can benefit from it under no circumstances. It’s also important to have a professional analyzed before choosing the ideal composition,” warns Denise.
One function for each color
The use of clay is indicated by its color, according to dermatologist Lilian Mendes. So, not sure which composition to choose for your skin’s needs? Check out this guide and get ready for your skincare ritual!
- Green: It has astringent, healing and oxygenating effects. It is suitable for oily skin as it promotes detoxification and regulates sebum production.
- Brand: In addition to absorbing oil and giving a healthier appearance, it has whitening, moisturizing and healing properties. It is the lightest of the clays as well as the most used for aesthetic purposes. It can be used pure or with green and red clays.
- Rose: A mixture of white and red is less absorbent and softer than green clay. It is recommended for dry and sensitive skin with its antioxidant and soothing effect.
- red: It is the clay richest in iron oxide and causes tensile properties. Due to its blood flow reducing effect, it is very suitable for sensitive skin with allergies or rosacea.
- Grey: It has anti-inflammatory effect and activates blood circulation.
- black: It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects. It helps the health of face and body skin.
- Yellow: Rich in silicon and potassium, it remineralizes skin collagen.
- purple: Since it is rich in magnesium, it helps in the production of collagen.
Lightness in self-care
When advertiser Fernanda Feitoza wanted to take more care of her skin in 2018, she started a grooming routine and got the right warning from her cousin: “trust the clays.” It started with green to control oiliness and didn’t stop. She likes to use a cold salt water solution to help close the pores in her bi-weekly mixes and uses a cat tongue brush for application. Today she is changing the green and white clay rituals her mother suggested to lighten blemishes. For her, this moment of self-care brings her lightness and connection to herself.
For professional makeup artist and content creator Cris Flores, her clay therapy experience went organic when she took all kinds of compounds from a brand to test and give feedback. She was surprised at the results of the yellow clay at the time, but her favorite rose was she. Rich in silicon, copper, iron oxide and aluminum, the mask softens melasma spots caused by pregnancy and evens your skin.
* Intern under the supervision of Ailim Cabral