Yellow Clay : Benefits and uses in natural cosmetics and health
The yellow clay of the illite, kaolin type is not so different from the green clay illite, kaolin, montmorillonite. Only the latter mineral composition differentiates them and this is visible in their color. Like green clay, yellow clay has absorbent and adsorbent properties and allows for gentle cleansing of the skin, scalp and hair. It is suitable for oily to combination skin, but also for stained skin for which exfoliation is sometimes necessary. Face mask, scrub, hair mask, yellow clay is ideal in cosmetic care. INCI name: Illite and Kaolin. Origin: France.
Modes of use of clays
In cosmetic care
- Mask for skin or hair;
- Exfoliating care;
- Mud bath.
In therapeutic care
- Cataplasm ;
- Clay water;
- Clay water.
For combination to oily skin
Velay yellow clay has absorbent and adsorbent capabilities useful for regulating the amount of sebum excreted by the skin. Yellow clay can be used in the same way as a green clay to regulate skin condition and regain a perfectly balanced skin.
- Use as a mask: make a homogeneous clay paste with a little water, then apply as a mask to the face. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with clear water. This mask is to be made weekly.
- Complementary essential and vegetable oils: for greater effectiveness, it is possible to add a few drops of Jojoba vegetable oil and 2-3 drops of Tea Tree essential oil to the clay paste.
In case of stained or blotchy skin
Velay yellow clay has absorbing, cleansing, regenerating properties that can be useful in case of stained or couperose skin. Gentle exfoliation and scrubs of the skin will be ideal to promote cell regeneration and spot reduction.
- Use as a mask: make a homogeneous clay paste with a little water, then apply as a mask to the affected areas. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with clear water.
- Complementary essential and vegetable oils: for greater effectiveness, it is possible to add a few drops of Rose Hip vegetable oil and 2-3 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil to the clay paste.
In case of wrinkles
It turns out that scientific studies show the effect of Illite in particular on thesynthesis of collagen. This protein enters the composition of the skin in particular and ensures the elasticity of the latter and the regeneration of skin cells. Thus, the use of yellow clay as a weekly mask seems to be beneficial in fighting the appearance of wrinkles and promoting good skin elasticity.
Use as a mask: make a homogeneous clay paste with a little water, then apply as a mask to the affected areas. Leave on for about 15 minutes, then rinse with clear water.
Complementary essential oils, vegetable oils and hydrolats: for greater effectiveness, it is possible to add a few drops of vegetable oil of Rose Hip or Apricot Kernel and 2-3 drops of essential oil of Rose Geranium to the clay paste. Instead of water, it is also possible to use a hydrolate of Lavender or Italian Helichrysum for example.
For all hair types
Yellow clay has absorbent and cleansing properties useful for washing hair,reducing excess sebum on the scalp and removing any dandruff. It is suitable for all hair types, although oily and dandruffy hair is the most suitable.
- Use as a mask: make a clay paste to spread over the entire wet scalp, then massage like a shampoo. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with clear water.
- Complementary essential oil and hydrosols: for greater effectiveness, you can add 2 drops of essential oil of Cade and replace the water in your paste with a hydrosol of Atlas Cedar or Green Tea.
The natural yellow, beige coloring of the clay will even out the complexion while creating a tanned effect when used as a loose powder.
Powdering use: clay can be applied to the face and cheeks to give a tanned complexion to the skin.
In case of bruises and pain
Illite yellow clay is effective in case of bruises and pain thanks to its absorbing capacities. It will be useful in cataplasm in case of sprain, hematoma, blow, shock, joint and muscle pains for example.
- Use in cataplasm: make a paste of homogeneous clay (water + clay) to spread in thick cataplasm on the area in question. Let stand 1 hour before rinsing. To be repeated several times a day for several days.
- Complementary essential oils: for greater effectiveness, depending on the problem encountered, it is possible to add a few drops of essential oil of Italian Helichrysum, Fragrant Gaultheria or Peppermint to the clay paste.
Main properties of Yellow Clay
- Absorbent, cleansing, purifying: Yellow illite clay is a particularly absorbent clay due to its structure. It thus acts as a skin cleanser. It fixes a good number of impurities, bacteria and other parasites whether at the skin and hair level. It is also interesting to eliminate the excess of sebum and to support a regeneration of the cutaneous cells.
- Colorant: Its natural coloring gives it interesting coloring properties. It is possible to use it in makeup on the cheeks for a healthy glow effect.
- Exfoliating: The powder aspect of the clay and its granulometry give it cleansing and exfoliating properties ideal for gentle skin scrubs. This exfoliating property is also interesting to promote cell renewal and therefore slow down cell aging and the appearance of spots.
- For oily to combination skin: illite yellow clay is known for its cleansing properties and particularly absorbent to regulate excess sebum. It is therefore appropriate for oily to combination skin.
- For all skin types:The yellow illite clay has the advantage of being suitable for all skin types.
- For all hair types: illite yellow clay is suitable for all hair types. As a mask, it will clean and absorb excess sebum and impurities.
Characteristics and composition
- Skin type: any skin type, but special mention for combination to oily skin, stained skin
- Hair type: any hair type
- INCI name: Illite, Kaolin
- Country of origin : France
- Humidity: < 8
- Particle size: 90% < 77 μm / 100% < 100 μm
- pH : 8 to 9
- CEC : 20 meq/100 g
- Appearance : fine and homogeneous powder
- Color: yellow beige
- Odor: odorless
- Illite : 75 % ± 5
- Kaolin : 25 % ± 3
- Quartz : none
- Pb < 20 ppm
- As < 20 ppm
- Cd < 0.2 ppm
- Hg < 0.01 ppm
Precautions for use
Illite Yellow Clay
- Ingesting, people prone to constipation should not use clays. Their use is also contraindicated in people with a digestive hernia, in cases of high blood pressure, a history of intestinal obstruction or nausea. Beware, ingestion of clay can counteract the effects of drug treatments. It is important to drink enough water during a clay treatment.
- By skin, clay should not be reused, be sure to discard a clay that has already been used. Avoid letting a clay dry. Rinse with clear, cold or warm water. On the most hairy parts of the body, for maximum comfort, place a compress between the clay poultice and the skin.
- When handling, beware of air currents, the clay is powdery. It should not be inhaled. In case of excessive inhalation, it is important to get fresh air. In case of contact with eyes or mucous membranes, rinse thoroughly with water. Caution, when handling clays, do not use metal utensils, they would lose much of their effectiveness.
- Pregnant and nursing women and young children should seek medical advice before use.
- Store preferably in a dry place, away from light and heat.
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