French green clay is a substance that is used for external cosmetic treatments as well as some internal applications by practitioners of alternative medicine. It was used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to treat a variety of skin problems and digestive disorders. The clay’s green color comes from a combination of iron oxides and decomposed plant matter, mostly kelp seaweed and other algae.
French green clay is beneficial in removing impurities and tightening the pores, toning the skin, exfoliating dead skin cells and reducing inflammation in acne. It can also be used as a full-body treatment to soften dry, rough skin.
Basic clay mask recipe: Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered clay with 1 teaspoon water.
- Mix clay and water together in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon or a face brush until they form a paste.
- Apply the mixture to your face and neck with your fingers or a brush.
- Leave the mask on until it almost dry (you will see it drying and the clay will be sticky to the touch).
- If you leave the mask on until it is fully dry, your skin will be zapped of moisture and you will have to apply a moisturizer.
Source: Encyclopedia, Mountain Rose Herbs