Our best kept secret: Amazonian mineral clays
Used by the Indigenous cultures and healers of the Amazon for centuries before us, the cosmetic use of Brazilian clays are present in many traditional beauty regimens. Found exclusively in the Amazon rainforest, Amazon clays are forms of kaolin clay, which naturally occurs in hot, wet climates.
Proven to absorb toxins from the skin, Brazilian clays are one of the few products that works as well on the face as on the rest of your body. Regular use removes dead skin cells and debris from the pores, provides firming effects, increases skin elasticity and collagen production, reduces skin and hair oiliness, improves circulation to the skin and creates a smooth, healthy glow. Anti-aging, antioxidant, drying, astringent, reconstructive, antiseptic and detoxifying – there are a wealth of benefits to using organic Amazonian mineral clay in your skincare routine.
The Amazon White Clay
Amazon White Clay is known as the world’s most perfect beauty ingredient for its ability to remove dry patches and oiliness simultaneously for a flawless look. Promoting a cooling sensation, White Clay is full of nutrients; including iron, potassium, and calcium. Found on the banks of the Amazon River, this intensely nourishing clay absorbs the organic and botanical materials that inundate it in its natural environment. It boasts a high moisturizing power and antioxidants, activating cellular regeneration. White Clay strengthens the tone of the skin, reduces wrinkles and removes localized fat and cellulite. Used for facial and hair masks, creams, lotions and body soaps, White Clay is applied to regenerate and clean the skin and for body scrubs.
Ideal for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin, Green Clay is unique clay with an extraordinarily high concentration of Calcium Montmorillonite used by Indigenous Amazonians for centuries as an internal and external healing agent. Referred to as 'living clay' due to its high concentration of organic plant matter, the Indigenous would traditionally use this mineral-rich clay on open wounds and for stomach or intestinal distress. This powerful clay soaks up excess oil that may clog pores and lead to acne and imperfections, and doubles as a powerful, deep cleanser that helps to balance pH levels. Green Clay stimulates cell regeneration, leaving you with a seriously glowing complexion.
Yellow Brazilian Clay
Perfect for sensitive or dry skin, Yellow clays often include feldspar – or aluminium silicate. It's a soft, mild clay that doesn't absorb oil like the other colours of clay. With increased amounts of silicon, titanium and potassium, promoting increased collagen production, Yellow Clay can also help to remineralize the skin, making it stronger and healthier.
So, how can you incorporate Amazon mineral clays into your skincare routine? When mixed with water, the clay creates a slurry layer, perfect for a mask. Simply mix your favourite mineral clay with a little water to make a paste. Brush the mask onto your face and let the minerals do their work. Wash once dry.