While talking about skincare, we cannot forget to mention clays. We all know how useful clays are for detoxifying our skin and closing the open pores. Clay consists of soil particles that are finely grained and are soft in nature. It contains minerals and these mineral particles are very small in size.
There are many types of clay which are different in terms of chemical composition and it depends on the origin of the clay. Kaolin clay, bentonite clay, French green clay, zeolite clay are some types of clay.(1,2)
Clays for Skin:
Natural clays are being used for skincare for a long time due to the cleansing and absorption properties. Usage of different clays may vary as per skin type because every clay has its own absorption properties. Clays absorb moisture and so are well-suited for normal and oily skin types. It could be a little uncomfortable for people having dry skin to use clay or clay-containing products. Mild clays are suitable for dry skin.
One type of clay may not be suitable for all types of skin. For example, kaolin clay is a mild clay which makes it suitable for people having normal or dry skin whereas bentonite clay possesses stronger absorbing quality and hence it is suitable for people having oily skin.(1)
Here, in this article, we will let you know about zeolite clay.
Zeolite Clay for Skin Health:
It is very difficult to protect our skin from damage by external factors like pollution, dirt etc. In this situation, zeolite clay emerges as a great option for skincare as it has the quality to get absorbed into the skin, remove the dirt and cleanse the skin deeply. Compared to other clays, zeolite clay is more effective and stronger.
Zeolite clay has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which make it a great ingredient for skincare. It purifies and detoxifies the skin. Zeolite clay unclogs the pores, treats blackheads and is also used for acne treatment.(2,6)
9 Amazing Benefits and Uses of Zeolite Clay:
Zeolite Clay As A Cleanser For Clean and Fresh Skin:
Mix 1 tablespoon of zeolite powder in the required amount of water and make a paste out of it and apply it on the face but don’t keep it as a mask, just wash off after rubbing it in a circular motion on your face for a minute. Using a face oil will add some additional moisture.
You can also mix 1 teaspoon of zeolite powder in 1 tablespoon of almond oil and massage on your face in a circular motion for a couple of minutes and wash the face.(2,6)
Zeolite as an Exfoliator for Deep Cleansing of the Skin:
Zeolite has fine sand-like texture and can be used as an exfoliator. Take 1 tablespoon of zeolite powder on your palm, don’t mix anything and gently massage in a circular motion using fingers or a soft brush. Avoid inhaling the powder and take care of delicate areas like eyes. Wash the face with lukewarm water.(4)
Zeolite Clay as a Body Scrub for a Cleaner Body:
Take 2 tablespoons of zeolite powder in a bowl. Apply on the damp body and massage in a circular motion before taking a proper shower. You can also add sugar or coffee in it. Just take care while applying on sensitive areas.(3)
Zeolite Clay Detoxifying Mask to Treat Acne and Pimples:
For oily and acne-prone skin, zeolite clay is a blessing as it absorbs and removes extra oil and cleans pores which help to treat acne and pimples. It also detoxifies and exfoliates the skin that helps close open pores.
Take 1 tablespoon of zeolite clay and add the required amount of rose water in it. Mix it well and make a fine paste. Apply this to the face and let it dry for 20 minutes. After it dries, wash your face with normal water. You need to apply a mild moisturizer after you wash the mask as it can dry the skin.(2,5)
Zeolite Clay Mask for Blemish Free Skin:
You can make a great cleansing mask using zeolite powder. To prepare this, mix one tablespoon of zeolite powder and enough water to make a paste. Add 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil in it and mix well. Apply it on your face with the help of a brush and leave it for approx. 45 minutes or till it dries off completely.
Rinse with lukewarm water followed by normal skincare procedure i.e. tonner and moisturizer. For dry skin, you can use good face oil like olive oil. It deeply cleanses the pores and treats blemishes.(2,5)
Zeolite Clay Refining Face Mask to Get Rid of the Impurities:
Add 2 tablespoons of zeolite powder with 2 teaspoons of cold herbal tea and mix well till the paste gets smooth. Apply to damp skin and leave till it dries off. Rinse with lukewarm water. This removes all the impurities and dirt from the skin.(3,4)
Zeolite Clay Face Mask to Maintain the Overall Health of Your Skin:
- Zeolite powder – 1 tablespoon
- Milk powder -1 teaspoon
- Honey -1 tablespoon
- Chamomile essential oil -3-4 drops
- Lavender essential oil -1 drop
- Rolled oats -1½ tablespoon
- Warm water as required
First, blend all the ingredients in a grinder and then add warm water in it slowly. Let it cool down for 10 minutes. Apply this paste to your face and neck. Rinse it off as it dries followed by a toner and a moisturizer. This face mask is great for the overall health of your skin.(1,6)
Zeolite Clay Moisturizing Face Mask for Hydrated Skin:
- 2 tablespoons of any organic moisturizer
- 3 tablespoons of zeolite powder
- 3 tablespoons of water
- 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
Take a small bowl and blend the moisturizer with water in it now add one tablespoon of zeolite powder and mix well followed by adding one tablespoon of water and mixing. Repeat adding the zeolite powder and water and mix it well to avoid any lumps. Now add the oil to get a fine paste.
Apply this to clean skin, leave for some time for detoxifying action. Rinse your face using a cleanser and water. This mask is best suited for dry and normal skin.(1,5)
Zeolite Deodorant To Make You Smell Nice:
- Zeolite powder – 8g
- Shea butter- 8g
- Baking soda – 10g
- Cornstarch – 5g
- Cocoa butter – 15g
- Coconut oil – 15g
10-12 drops of essential oil mixture. You can mix patchouli, bergamot, peppermint, lavender or any other essential oil of your choice.
To prepare this deodorant, mix cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter in a bowl and melt using double boiler method. Wait for a while till it gets cool and thickens. Meanwhile mix cornstarch, baking soda and zeolite powder in a grinder and blend it well and get a fine powder. Leave it for 5 minutes to settle it down. Now add the essential oils mix in this and blend this well. Keep it aside in a tube or tin and let it settle. The deodorant with a fine fragrance is ready to use. Take a small quantity of this DIY deodorant and apply on your underarms.(6)
Things to Keep In Mind Before Using Zeolite Clay:
It is quite clear that zeolite clay is beneficial for our skin in many ways, yet there are some things to keep in mind while selecting a brand or product. Various brands are using zeolite in skincare products like masks and cleansers but for DIY, the powdered zeolite is easily available on the offline and online platforms. While buying, it is recommended to look for high-quality pure zeolite.
You should take a patch test on a small area of the skin before using any clay. Some clays may stain your skin after being observed by the pores. In case you also experience staining, use coconut oil to get rid of it.(2,5)
Though not many people are aware of zeolite clay, it definitely deserves a place in your skincare regimen. It is a superfood for your skin in true sense. Try it to believe it!