A Clay Day

By Julie Jacobs

Clay is as raw as it gets.  I’m a secret portrait sculptor and modelling with clay brings me great joy. While working with it my life feels uncomplicated.  As a person who is conscious of cleanliness I actually don’t feel unclean while sculpting. I think it’s because I feel connected to ‘mother earth’ and in my eyes that’s a beautiful thing. However, clay is also an essential ingredient in beauty as well as in art. Read about it in our post, A Clay Day.

Beauty Editor & portrait sculptures Julie Jacobs

Photography Jason Yates

Green people Coconut Charcoal Face Mask A certified organic pore-purifying detox mask that mattifies and balances all skin types. For a lackluster tone and textural irregularities The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque has a great formulation. It leaves the skin feeling refreshed because it’s infused with charcoal and clays which aim to enhance clarity.  Beauty Pie Detox Black Clay Mask contains Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acids, Kaolin Clay, micro-buffing Bamboo, natural Liquorice and Eucalyptus. It’s a pore de-clogging tour-de-force for an oily (or partly-oily) face.

And for dull/dry skin there is Cha Vohtz Age Defy+ Buff Skin Defoliator . Institut Esthederm Intensive Propolis + Purifying Mask is the ideal cleansing treatment for oily skin. This clarifying face mask helps to purge congested areas without stripping away essential moisture. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is an effective, deep-cleansing clay mask that absorbs excess oil and so leaving the skin more balanced. Perfect for specific blemished areas.

Kaolin.  Whenever I hear this word my mind goes straight back to my beauty training thirty years ago.  I recall lessons creating bespoke face masks using Kaolin; Fullers Earth; Calamine and Magnesium Carbonate. By adding Rose Water; honey; Oats or Tea-Tree Oil we targeted specific areas of the face and created bespoke treatments.  Though I do recall they dried out the surface of my skin (as an oily/acne skin-type I thought the drier the better).

Clay-based products are much more sophisticated now than thirty years ago. They’re developed not just for the young and oily but for all skins and all ages.  Every skin type likes a clean and refreshing feel but without the parched after sensation. Even an oily skin would appreciate this found delicacy.

Origins Original Kin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay Made with Mediterranean Rose Clay, Canadian Willow Herb and exfoliating Jojoba beads A Rose Clay mask that refines skin’s texture and deep cleans. Glamglow Flashmud Mask Harnessing the powers of Flashlucent™ and Reflectrum™, an innovative blend of light-reflecting ingredients boosted with ultra-fine Diamond Photoluminescence, the formula combats dull, uneven skin and dark circles. Patchology Smartmud Detox The no mess mask with mineral-rich volcanic ash, removes impurities and renews the skin’s clarity. Suitable for normal, combination or oily skin types.

Bare Minerals Poreless Clay Cleanser Rich in exfoliating superfruit acids, nutrient-packed prebiotics and sulphate free this skin-refining daily cleanser gently deep cleans and purifies to keep pores clear. Blemish Solutions Sulfur Mask by Dr Dennis Gross Formulated with calming kaolin clay and 5% colloidal sulphur, the mask fights redness and inflammation as well as working to reduce skin-spoiling bacteria. Bare Minerals Claymates Mask Duo Customise your treatment in the comfort of your home. To gently exfoliate the purple Be Bright mask is infused with Pomegranate Extract and Papaya Enzymes – deal on the T-zone and chin revealing a fresh looking complexion.  The green Be Firm mask is infused with Kale Seed and Watermelon Extract, leaving the skin with a healthy dose of moisture and plumped appearance. 

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