A Clay Day

By Julie Jacobs

Clay is as raw as it gets.  Sculpting with clay is an activity that’s a lot of fun and brings me great joy. It’s a place where I feel free and grounded.  And as a person who is conscious of cleanliness while working I actually don’t feel unclean while sculpting.  I tend to get the clay everywhere looking like I’ve been dragged through a field backwards.  I think it’s because I feel connected to ‘mother earth’ … which in my eyes is a beautiful thing. Clay is not only used for art but in beauty too. Read about it in our post, A Clay Day.


Green people Coconut Charcoal Face Mask A certified organic pore-purifying detox mask that mattifies and balances all skin types. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is formulated to target lackluster tone and textural irregularities. The formula, infused with charcoal and clays, aims to enhance the appearance of smoothness and clarity, leaving the skin feeling refreshed.  Beauty Pie Super Pore-Detox Black Clay Mask With Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acids, Kaolin Clay, micro-buffing Bamboo and natural Liquorice and Eucalyptus, it’s a pore de-clogging tour-de-force for an oily (or partly-oily) face. And for those who don’t believe clay based products can be for all skin types we have Cha Vohtz Age Defy+ Buff Skin Defoliator for dull/dry skin. Institut Esthederm Intensive Propolis + Purifying Mask The 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 can be used on specific blemished areas to leave the skin more balanced.

Kaolin.  Whenever I hear this word my mind goes straight back to my beauty therapy training thirty years ago.  I had a few lessons creating bespoke face masks using Kaolin; Fullers Earth; Calamine and Magnesium Carbonate. By adding the likes of Rose Water; honey; Oats or Tea Tree Oil for different results we targeted specific areas of the face and created individualised treatments. 

As I recall they dried out the surface of the skin, as an oily skin-type I thought that was great. The drier the better.  However, as I now savour every drop of oil that oozes from my pores thankfully I can now find a clay mask that won’t dry it out.

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. The purple Be Bright mask is infused with Pomegranate Extract and Papaya Enzymes to gently exfoliate, with a slight tingling, to reveal a fresh looking complexion, ideal on the T-zone or chin.  The green Be Firm mask is infused with Kale Seed and Watermelon Extract, giving skin a healthy dose of moisture and a plumped appearance. 

Clay-based products (not just masks ) are much more sophisticated than thirty years ago. They’ve been developed for all skin types.  Also, clay products have to be removed so you know you’ve had a treatment. There isn’t the option of ‘leave on and massage in the residue’.  Every skin type likes a clean and refreshing feel but without the parched sensation after. Even an oily skin would appreciate this found delicacy.

Beauty Editor & portrait sculptures Julie Jacobs Photography Jason Yates

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