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Bentonite, one of the most popular clays, is composed of volcanic ash, with a high percentage of montmorillonite, a group of soft minerals. This clay has an abundance of skin-care superpowers—from absorbing excess oil to unclogging pores to tightening skin, making it ideal for people with oily and congested complexions. (These myths about oily skin could be ruining your skin.) “What’s cool is that when bentonite is mixed with liquid, it produces a negative charge and swells up like a sponge, drawing out positively charged toxins, excess sebum, bacteria, and fungus,” says Jenny Patinkin, beauty expert and author of Lazy Perfection: The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying. Its unparalleled absorbing abilities make it an effective remedy for those with oily and acne-prone skin, as well as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Try: Kiehl’s Since 1851 Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask or Anthony Deep Pore Cleansing Clay. Try whipping up a DIY treatment with equal parts Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and apple cider vinegar (Here are 15 ways apple cider vinegar benefits your health.) Hey, if it’s good enough for Mindy Kaling, it’s good enough for us.
Cambrian blue clay
shutterstock, via amazon.com Cambrian blue clay is excavated from the salt lakes of Siberia. Its beautiful hue is derived from zinc, iron, and algae. This rare, mineral- and saline-rich clay is super detoxifying and absorbent. Think of it like a sponge. “It penetrates into pores to absorb bacteria, excess sebum, and toxins. So it’s great for blemish treatments, bar soaps, and facial masks,” says Alexandra Wagner, Los Angeles esthetician and founder of her eponymous skin-care line. (Struggling with breakouts? Try these homemade acne remedies.) It also promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage, which is why you’ll often see this earthly ingredient in bath soaks and compresses. Try: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Spot Treatment Mask or Rocky Top Soap Shop Cambrian Blue Clay Soap. These are the nine detoxifying ingredients you need to add to your skin-care routine. (Hint: Clay is one of them).