French green clay is mined from naturally occurring deposits in France. But other countries in Asia and the US also have green clay deposits. French green clay is characterized for its incredibly fine, soft texture and pale green color. Renowned for its many health and skincare benefits, French green clay contains high amounts of mineral including mineral oxides, magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, copper, and selenium. No wonder French green clay is popular ingredient in many skincare products, particularly clay masks.
Also known as sea clay, French green clay also contains iron oxides and decomposed plant matter. That’s why this clay is colored green; it’s full of substances the earth uses to regenerate itself.
What makes French green clay so beneficial to the skin is that it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It’s highly absorptive, promotes cell regeneration, and triggers the skin’s ability to heal itself. The clay also helps purify the skin layers, eliminating toxins and environmental pollutants that speed up the aging process of the skin.
Skin-Caring Benefits of French Green Clay
Controls Oil and Prevents Acne
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then you will love French green clay’s ability to draw oil out straight from your pores! Just make a habit of applying French green clay mask twice to thrice per week to eliminate excessive oil from your skin and reveal fresh, youthful, and clear skin!
Because French green clay is so absorbent, it removes dead skin cells and other impurities that would otherwise clog skin. When the skin is free from impurities, there’s little chance of an acne breakout.
Soothes Burned Skin
French green clay is a great first aid treatment from mild to moderate burns. It helps eliminate pain associated with lesions or burns, prevents blisters and breaking of the skin, and minimizes swelling or redness on the affected area. Just pat a patch of cooled French green clay on burned skin and allow the clay to dry up on its own. Green clay will not only bring down inflammation, it will also prevent scars from forming by speeding up the cell regeneration process of the skin!
For open wounds, it’s best to cover the area first with a gauze bandage first and then apply a thin layer of green clay over it.
Prevents Skin Ulcers
Skin ulcers are painful, inflamed—and sometimes infectious—areas of the skin. When you apply French green clay on skin ulcers, it will draw out the infected tissue, boosting the healing process. Just keep patting cooled French green clay on the affected area for several days until the swelling and pain subsides.
Treats Eczema and Psoriasis
Eczema and Psoriasis are common skin disorders. Eczema is characterized by inflammation and redness while psoriasis is a disorder that triggers faster build-up of dead skin cells. These skin conditions could be treated with French green clay. To treat eczema, add about a cup of clay powder to your bath and soak yourself in it for 20 to 40 minutes. French clay will help detox the skin and remove impurities that aggravate the condition.
To treat psoriasis, just apply the green clay on the affected area to slough off dead skin cells and achieve a clearer, glowing complexion.