I actually didn't know much about clay before except that it was natural and good for your skin thanks to the minerals and nutrients it contains. I knew there were different kinds but didn't know which one was good for which type of skin and why. I also didn't really know which brands to try on. So when I stayed at Alice Cornish's place while I was in London, it was a great occasion to discover her own brand of natural clay masks : after Alice discovered the effects of green clay on her skin, she researched about all different types of clay and created her own brand Skinclay, to share the great effects.
The brand has 3 different clay masks : red clay which is better for a normal or combination skin, white clay which is for sensitive and dry skin and green clay which is recommended for oily or acneic skin.
I tried 2 of them, the red one and the white one, because I have normal skin that tends to be sensitive depending on different factors.
Red Clay Mask
I first tried the red clay mask, middle of May, because my skin wasn't particularly sensitive at that moment, and I simply wanted to purify it. Living in big towns, I can notice that the pollution leaves my skin dirty when I clean my face on evenings.
In the sachet, there is a little spatula that you will use to mix the powder with 3 table spoons of water (the best is mineral water). I personally think there is enough clay for at least 2 masks in a sachet, so I wouldn't pour the whole thing and save the rest for another time, but it all depends how much on you are using. Then you apply the mask on your face and wait for about 10mn before it dries completely, and rinse it.
After the mask, I could really notice that my skin was more "pure" : more even skin tone, very soft to touch, and the small imperfections were gone or smaller and the mask is very gentle on the skin.
White Clay Mask
I used the white clay mask while I was taking some medication, because I had some of the side effects from the medication that made my skin feel a little more sensitive and a little itchy. I felt like this mask had a cool down effect and relieved the itching. My skin was also purified and soft like after using the red clay one. I also chose to apply a moisturizing mask afterwards to rehydrate my skin. And I of course enjoyed making cute faces with my mask during the 10mn waiting. I feel that skin care should be a fun moment and it's great to do it because it's fun and not because "you have to".
You can "personalize" your mask
On Skinclay's blog, Alice gives examples of natural masks that you can make with simple ingredients and a Skinclay sachet. It's actually nice to remember that like clay, the healthy food that you eat contains great vitamins and minerals and can actually work on your health from the outside too, directly on your skin !
I haven't tested them yet but for example the de-puffing mask is something I would need during winter in NY : as my apartment is dry, I sometimes have a puffy face when I wake up. This one requires 1 ice cube, 3 tbsp of brewed cooled green tea and a white clay mask sachet. You simply stir everything together until the ice cube has melted and apply it like the other masks, for about 10mn.
I am not using only natural brands, and I like trying different kind of cosmetics and skincare products, but I have to say that sometimes going simple is often a win, especially if you have a sensitive skin.
With Skinclay, the process to mix your mask yourself is also pretty fun, and it allows the product to be preservative and chemical free. I also like the fact that this brand is the result of the experience of a model ; I'm not saying all models are pros in skin care domain, but I tend to trust girls who find solutions to keep their skin healthy despite all the make up they have to put on.