Usually, green clay is extracted from the quarries in France. Hence, the skin care product is often labelled as ‘French green clay’. We rarely come across a skin care product as effective as French green clay that is anti-inflammatory, highly absorptive, and a natural antiseptic. It also promotes cell regeneration to speed up healing. The product is a super-fine powder of green clay. It is high in skin-friendly nutrients, and its ability to draw out impurities has made it one of the most sought-after remedy for a wide range of skin problems.
Benefits of French Green Clay
Here we shall take a look at the health benefits of French green clay for the skin along with the right method to use it.
Promotes Healthy Skin
This organic product is rich in essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and iron. Its application revitalizes and remineralizes skin cells, which helps to brighten dull skin. So, apply a facial mask of French green clay, twice a week, to get these vital nutrients, crucial for healthy flawless skin. For normal skin, leave the mask for 5 to 10 minutes, and then wash it off.
Relieves Oily Skin
Its ability to soak excess oil can work wonders to get rid of oily skin. Applying the French green clay mask 2 to 4 times per week, helps in drawing out excess sebum from oily areas to reveal clear, beautiful, natural skin.
Clears Up Acne
The absorbent qualities of this product helps to clear acne. It detoxifies the skin by removing dead skin, oil, and other impurities from the clogged skin. The clay is able to extract some of the deepest impurities in the pores to clear the skin of acne. Apart from removing the impurities, it moisturizes the skin to restore a youthful glow. Use the facial mask daily until the skin heals.
It is also effective in the treatment of mild to moderate burns. Using this organic product can certainly help relieve the discomfort associated with burns. Its absorbent properties protect the burnt skin from infections, as well as prevent it from aggravating further. For instance, blistering or redness of the skin is unlikely to occur if the burnt area is treated with a paste of French green clay. It pulls up all the impurities, promotes regeneration of tissue as well as prevent scars from forming. Applying a cold clay compress is yet another way to soothe the pain.
Heals Skin Ulcers
Its ability to heal inflamed and infected ulcers is simply amazing. Once applied, its absorptive capacity works to suck out the infected tissue, which helps to speed up the healing process. So, after 7 to 8 days of application, the ulcer on the affected skin might completely go away.
For treating ulcers and open wounds, such as burns, firstly, cover the infection with a gauze bandage, and then apply a thin layer of poultice over it. Remove the dressing after 20-30 minutes. Reapply a new dressing with the poultice at regular intervals to speed up healing.
The detoxifying effect of French green clay can also soothe eczema. Clay baths, once or twice a week, are known to reduce the inflammation associated with eczema. Initially, add about one cup of clay powder to your bathtub containing warm water. Ensure that the powder gets evenly mixed into the water. Soak in the bathtub for at least 20 to 40 minutes. The longer you spend time relaxing in the bathtub, the more the toxins are removed transdermally.
As you start taking the clay bath regularly, you can gradually add more powder (up to 2 to 4 cups) into the bathtub. This natural detox bath assists in healing eczema, and restoring the natural appearance of the skin. Eczema can also be treated with a green clay poultice. Just apply the poultice and leave for an hour before rinsing it off. Follow this skin care routine twice daily for effective results.
This method of clay bath is also effective to relieve psoriasis, a condition marked by a build-up of dead skin cells. Clay helps in shedding dead skin cells and other impurities to improve the skin condition and give a clear complexion.
Making French Green Clay Poultice
The poultice that is used to treat skin problems is nothing but a thick paste of clay powder and water. In order to make the poultice, put the necessary amount of French green clay in a large wooden or clay (no metal) mixing bowl, and then add water until the clay is submerged. Use a wooden (not metal) spoon to mix well, and let it remain for 2 hours so that the clay powder soaks up the water completely.
A thin paste is difficult to apply and moreover unlikely to stay on the affected part of the skin. So, make sure that your poultice is thick enough to spread easily and adheres to the skin comfortably. Apply a clay poultice on the affected area, and let it remain for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
Making a Facial Mask
In order to make a facial mask, add two parts water to one part clay powder. Mix to form a paste, and apply it on the face. Allow the facial mask to remain for 20 minutes. Thereafter, you can remove it with plain water. The facial mask and even the poultice should not be left for long as it can dry out the skin, leading to excessive loss of moisture.
Commercially prepared French green clay facial masks are also available in tubes and bottles that contain ready-made premixed paste, which can be directly applied to the skin. Whether you choose the ready-made paste or prefer to prepare the facial mask at home, make sure to use it correctly to get the desired result.