5 Clay Soap Recipes For Detoxifying
Today we’re going to be talking about natural clay, soap recipes, which is great to detoxify the skin and can be used as a face mask or as a body soap. It really doesn’t get any more natural than that!
I personally love clay face masks most of all. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love to use clay in soap as well, but I just love some of those ‘dead sea mud’ masks When you use them, at first your skin feels a bit heavy, then tingly, and then you’re left with the smoothest skin.
Clay masks or clay soap wash is one of my favorite things after a long day. Your skin is hit by different toxins from outside and inside, especially in this time of year.
For me, I take a bus to work and a lot of people on the bus are coughing and sneezing, and all those germs in a small tight space – they definitely get to your skin.
A Tiny Hint – never touch your face when you’re on the bus, or plus since you are often touching other surfaces, always carry a small bottle of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer with you to disinfect your hands
If your skin is as sensitive as mine – it’s easy to get sick or to get acne on your face if you don’t follow this regimen.
Plus, it's difficult to always eat healthy. And the best thing for all that – being sneezed on the whole day, eating unhealthy food – is to wash yourself with something that incorporates clay.
I recommend washing yourself with this once or twice a week, because I think that clay loses its power if you use it too much, plus it may irritate it your skin if you use too many times.
What Type of Clay Should I Use?
You don't want to just go finding your own clay out in nature, or the one that’s used for arts and crafts.
The best thing you can do is to find one at your local cosmetic shop, natural health or vitamin shop, or online? – These clays don’t incorporate any chemicals or other additives - you have to be careful what you put on your skin.
There are 5 types of clay commonly used for detoxifying.
Let’s get to know some clays!
1. Kaolin Clay
This clay is also called china clay or white clay, and it's most commonly pure white in color for cosmetic use. It also comes in red and orange, but those clays can absorb some additives (it depends on where it forms) which may not work for your skin, so I recommend getting your kaolin clay in cosmetic white form.
- It is perhaps the best for those who haven’t used it before because it’s the gentlest clay, and therefore good for all skin types.
- It is gentle because unlike other clays, it doesn’t destroy your natural skin oils and therefore it works great even for those prone to dry skin.
- Interestingly, it also helps with oily skin, because it sucks up the excess oils while leaving the good oils.
- It purifies and detoxifies the skin, it’s good for irritated, sensitive skin, and it treats acne because it’s great at exfoliating dead skin cells.
2. Bentonite clay
This clay is also called montmorillonite clay, and its specialty, and one of my favorite facts about it is that it is made out of ash from volcanos.
- Bentonite sucks out all of the dangerous heavy metal toxins, like mercury, cadmium, lead, and benzene. While it takes these toxins away, it fills your skin with good stuff - like minerals, calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
- It helps with eczema, redness and rashes from allergies and poisonous plants, plus it also helps with dermatitis and psoriasis. Because it reaches deep into the pores, it allows skin to receive more oxygen.
3. Dead Sea Clay
- Yes, this is the clay I mentioned before as great for face masks. After all, it is one of the most ancient clays or ‘muds’ in the world.
- It comes from the Dead Sea, which is unique in its health and healing benefits, and used throughout time by many, from kings and queens to shopkeepers and secretaries.
- The sea is so full of minerals it actually helps with keeping a youthful look of your skin!
- Like all other clays, this clay helps with excess oils, exfoliating, soothing, and hydrating, but – it also reduces fine lines and wrinkles!
4. Zeolite Clay
- This clay is very similar to bentonite, since it also comes from volcanos. Zeolite is a mineral, and is great for detoxifying.
- It absorbs all of the toxins from your skin, and replaces them with minerals – but only those that your body needs.
- It is rather extraordinary that it replaces bad things with good things according to the need in your body.
5. Brazilian Clay
- Like other clays, this comes in a lot of different colors. It really doesn’t matter which one you buy, just make sure it’s cosmetic clay.
- It helps with blood circulation because it heats up your skin a bit. It’s also gentle (not as gentle as white clay) and it exfoliates the skin.
- It cleans and detoxifies the pores, and all this without drying the skin!
My Easy Clay Soap Recipe
I love my clay soaps as pure as possible. Which means I don’t add any additives to mine like essential oils or colorings, because I just love that earthy scent. You may add essential oils if you wish, but I recommend adding a small amount, such as a teaspoon or two.
So what are we going to do now is make a clay soap. Choose any of the five clays above, and join me in making our very own very natural, very healthy soap!
Ingredients for My Easy Clay Soap Recipes
- Pour-and-melt Shea butter, or white glycerin pour-and-melt base– I prefer a shea butter base because it’s ‘creamier’, but glycerin base makes for better, more intense colors, so it is your preference.
- Any of the five above-mentioned clays– I’ll use Bentonite Clay because I happen to have it at home. If you’re new to clay, I suggest Kaolin Clay.
Tiny Hint – if you want your soap to be extra detoxifying I suggest a bit of medical charcoal – just melt a tsp of charcoal with 3 tsp of rubbing alcohol and mix it in the mixture.
Step-By-Step Directions for My Easy Clay Soap Recipe
- Your 1st Step :– The first thing we’re going to do is melt the melt-and-pour soap base. This one usually comes in small cubes – but if not, you can cut them into smaller cubes or grate, and place them in a heat-proof bowl (use as much as you need for making of your soap)
- Your 2nd Step :– Put the bowl into the microwave and heat it up in 30 second intervals– Heat the mixture until it is completely liquid.
If you don’t have a microwave, just use your stove. Take one large pot and put some water in, then place it over medium heat. In this pot you will place a smaller bowl – preferably glass one, place in the cut up soap, and stir until it melts.
- Your 3rd Step :– Now take your clay – and mix clay with rubbing alcohol. Pour in three tsp. of rubbing alcohol per every tsp. of clay.
Why you ask? You could do it without rubbing alcohol, but if you do that it may happen that clay won’t dissolve entirely, and there will be chunks of it in our soap bar. And we don’t want that.
- Your 4th Step :– When both your mixtures are ready, pour the clay mixture into the melt-and-pour base, and stir together.
- Your 5th Step :– After that, pour the mixture in your molds – I prefer simple butter trays – they’re perfectly square and you never run out!
And that’s it! Leave the soaps to cure for about 48 hours, and you’re ready to enjoy some detoxifying!
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