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The Benefits of Clay

The Ashmira Botanica skincare range focuses on unblocking stale, sluggish energy, balancing elements and leaving you refreshed, uplifted, and glowing from within. With these goals in mind, a key feature of our range is clay powder. Our clay powders can be mixed with our Organic Rose Hydrosol and our elemental elixirs to exfoliate and deeply cleanse, imparting radiance on the skin. Clay powder can also be mixed with a variety of natural ingredients, each imparting unique benefits to the skin. We’ve compiled some of our favourite ideas, although of course we still recommend trying the powders with our elixirs first!

Why Clay?

Clay is a powerful skin food. It remineralises and exfoliates the skin, leaving tired, and dull complexions glowing, refreshed and radiant. Clay is also one hundred percent natural, made of naturally occurring mineral-rich elements. You also have control of what you add to it, meaning there’s no chance of extra chemicals or unknown ingredients sneaking in. Clay is also often said to have healing properties, which is why it has been so popular and well-used throughout history and by many indigenous cultures. It has an alkaline rate of 8.5 to 10 and a high mineral content which means clay offers a highly effective cleansing to nourish the skin and promote wellness. The drawing properties of clay also work to draw impurities, minerals and dirt from your skin providing a natural and effective detox.

Our Clays

The Ashmira Botanica skincare range uses the ancient philosophies of Chinese medicine, namely the five Chinese Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Water and Metal. For our clay powders, each element has an associated clay powder:

Wood-Green Clay

Composed of iron oxides and kelp seaweed. Rich in minerals, it is one of the most absorbent of our cosmetic clays. It helps to absorb impurities and excess oil to help leave your skin clear, smooth, and hydrated.

Fire-Red Clay

The first woman to be seduced by red clay was Cleopatra. Naturally rich in trace elements and mineral salts it gently cleanses the skin and brightens sensitive, dry, and tired skin. 

Earth-Yellow Clay

Yellow clay is known for its invigorating, smoothing and exfoliating properties. Naturally rich in iron, minerals, and trace elements it will leave your skin looking softer and brighter.

Water-White Clay

Rich in minerals and trace elements, this is a favourite amongst clay lovers. It is soft and gentle making it perfect for all skin types and can brighten and illuminate even the dullest of complexions.

Metal-Black Clay

Black Clay helps detoxify the skin and draw out impurities. It helps to renew and smooth the skin leaving it refreshed and luminous.

Five unique ingredients to mix with your clay:

Yoghurt:

Best For: Dry skin, anti-aging

Yoghurt contains lactic acid. Lactic acid dissolves dead skin cells, which means it works particularly well as an ingredient in Anti-Aging Masks, as it diminishes the look of lines and wrinkles. Yoghurt also adds hydration, meaning it is particularly good for dry skin.

Pureed Banana

Best For: Acne/blemish prone skin

Bananas are beloved by people in all areas of health and beauty, as they contain nutrients which can benefit the body, hair and, of course, skin! As an ingredient in a mask, the Vitamin C and magnesium in banana can increase hydration. Folic acid and other vitamins also make banana great for soothing acne and blemishes.

Ground Oatmeal

Best For: Sensitive Skin

Ground oatmeal works really well to soothe skin and is often suggested as a remedy for people with skin conditions like eczema. To a mask, oatmeal can be added along with a liquid such as coconut or almond milk to produce a lovely, soothing experience.

Green Tea

Best For: Acne and blemishes

Green tea can be used in many different forms, but when left to cool works well as a liquid added to clay powder. The antioxidants in green tea help prevent cell damage and will also soothe inflamed skin and help with acne and blemishes.

Honey

Best For: Dry Skin

Honey, especially manuka honey, is used to balance the ph. of your skin, hydrate, and work as an anti-inflammatory. Honey is also a great ingredient to add hydration, as well as soothing and cleansing.