French Green Clay has enormous absorbent powers due to the constitution of its micro-molecules. It literally "drinks" oils, toxic substances, and impurities from the skin. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, and tightening pores. The highly micronized, and often fragile molecular state of French Green Clay allows for far greater absorption of impurities, dust, oil, contaminants, and makeup than other clays.
French Green Clay is marvelous for helping to clear problem skin. Use it daily on trouble spots, or weekly as part of a complete facial treatment. Mined from bedrock quarries in France, it is completely natural and unscented. The clay's green color comes from a combination of iron oxides and decomposed plant matter, mostly kelp seaweed and other algae.
Other external uses for French green clay include poultices to treat arthritis, sore muscles, and sprains; ready-to-use pastes for application to cuts, bruises, insect bites, stings, and minor burns; and mineral baths for stress relief. Some have suggested that the plant matter in French Green Clay has anti-inflammatory properties.
Facial masks: To make a facial mask from powdered clay, combine 1/2 to 1 tbsp of the powder with 1–2 tbsp of water and apply to the skin; rinse with warm water after 10 minutes. Some users add a few drops of aloe vera gel to the clay mixture. A recipe for a facial mask for oily skin consists of mixing 1 tbsp of powdered clay with 5 drops of jojoba oil. As a rule, French Green Clay masks should be used only once a week because the clay tends to dry the skin.
Gourmet Spa Facial Mask: Mix 1/4 cup of French Green Clay powder with 1/4 cup water. After the clay and water have been well blended, add 2 tbsp of honey and 1/4 cup of mashed banana or avocado to the mixture. Apply to the face, allow to remain for 10 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.
Deodorizing foot treatment: Mix a half-cup of powdered French Green Clay with 1/2 cup of water and 2–3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil. Apply to the feet, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and rinse off after 15 minutes with cool water. The feet may then be rubbed with a moisturizing cream.
Poultice: Mix several tablespoons of powdered clay with enough water to form a thick paste and allow it to stand in a glass bowl for two hours. Apply a layer of paste about 1/4 inch thick to a piece of gauze. Place the poultice on the injured area with the gauze uppermost and held in place with adhesive tape. It can be left in place as long as two hours, but the clay should not be allowed to dry. Up to 6 drops of essential oil of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ginger, or Rosemary may be added if desired. Poultices should not be reused but discarded after use.
Mineral bath: A half-cup of powdered French Green Clay can be added to a tub of warm water to soothe sunburned or irritated skin.
Note: Clay preparations should be made in glass or ceramic containers. When stirring, use wooden or glass utensils.
I'm so careful about what I put on my face because of acne and eczema. However, this is wonderful in more ways than one. I had an awful rash on my neck and so made a mask with green clay, avocado, honey, and water. It was so amazing that as I had it on my face, I actually felt a strong release of stress come over me. It also made my face smooth and the rash went away a day later. I'm planning to take a bath in this clay to detox my whole body! Love the price!!!
Several years ago I experienced hemorrhaging due to uterine fibroids. I took 1tsp of clay a day for 3 months and I completely healed. I went to doctor to confirm this. 10 years later I still am well. I use clay for bee stings, intestinal issues, etc.
I use the french green clay powder once a week for my face. just a bit of water and clay and rub it all over face and neck. I have immediate results. face looks brighter, clearer, and feels great as well! also use it in my little ones bath occasionally for her skin. she has terrible sores, dry skin, sometimes weepy. the clay has been very soothing and mixing it with Dead sea salt is the best way to go. when her skin is having a "bad day" putting her in a bath of DSS and green and/or bentonite clay for about 20 minutes clears her right up. she literally looks and feels like a new girl! bye-bye steroid creams!!