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Australian Active Clays

Australian active clays are the result of age-old volcanic activity, rich in valuable minerals. One of the best skin cleansers available, used in a mask they draw out toxins like a magnet - chemicals that have been absorbed into the top layers of your skin through exposure to everyday pollution. Face or body masks stimulate circulation, remove dead skin cells, absorb excess oil and other impurities, and generally improve skin colour and tone, depending on the type of clay used. When a mask is applied, warmth is created beneath the mask: the skin begins to sweat and as a result toxins, waste products and dirt are discharged, cleansing the pores.



Prepare a mask by placing a heaped teaspoon of clay into a glass, porcelain or stainless steel bowl (avoid corrosive metals). Gradually add enough distilled or spring water, or aromatic hydrosol such as Rosewater, until it forms a smooth paste. Apply a thin layer to a clean, damp face, neck or body, avoiding the nostrils and eye area, then lie back and relax for 15 minutes - perfect in the bath.

If your skin is dry or sensitive, do not allow the mask to completely dry - spritz or sponge with water or hydrosol when you feel it beginning to dry out.

After 15 minutes moisten the mask and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry, spritz with floral water if desired. Avoid using cream or oil for an hour or two to allow your skin to breathe. Used once a week (or twice for particularly oily or acne-prone skin), you will immediately feel the difference.


Hints for an even more luxurious mask

* Instead of using water with your clay mix, try replacing it with a hydrosol such as Rosewater, which is a product of the steam distillation of essential oils. Hydrosols contain elements of the essential oil, including the scent and some of the therapeutic benefits, but are diluted enough to use straight on the skin. Rosewater is also a natural 'humectant' in that it draws moisture from the atmosphere towards the skin, helping to keep it moisturised.

* Try placing a slice of cucumber over each eye while you relax as the clay dries. Cucumber is well known for its skincare benefits, particularly around the eye area.

* Add different natural ingredients to your mask:
Sweet Almond Oil - regulates skin moisture. For very dry skin
Aloe Vera - healing and rejuvenating. Suitable for sensitive skin
Honey - add a tablespoon. Nutritive and smoothing
Jojoba Oil - healing, regulates skin moisture
Wheatgerm Oil - for mature or dry skin
Witch Hazel - astringent, soothes irritated skin (not for dry or sensitive skin)
Yoghurt - add a teaspoon. For acne, sensitive, oily skin

* Should your mask mixture become too runny, just add more clay until it reaches the right consistency.


Choose the clay colour to suit your skin type and condition:


Washed Blue organic superfine clay is used in the treatment of acne and infected skin



Australian Soft Green clay (inc Bentonite) is particularly suited to oily or acne-prone skin



Australian Golden Yellow clay (inc Kaolin) is excellent for all skin types. The perfect pick-me-up



Australian Pastel Pink clay (inc Kaolin & Iron Oxides) cleanses, firms and tones the skin, especially with repeated use. Great as a body mask for the bust, neck, upper arms



Australian Pure White, or Ivory clay (inc Kaolin) is the gentlest and least absorbent of all the clays


Add a touch of RED or BLACK clay for improved results. Blend red or black with other lighter colours at a maximum ratio of 10-20% to avoid staining


Deep Red clay (inc Iron Oxide) is particularly good for dehydrated and mature skin



Midnight Black organic superfine clay nourishes with its iron and oxygen properties