Sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, rhassoul clay has been used for hundreds of years as a natural beautifier.
Rhassoul is a light brown clay with wonderful exfoliating, cleansing and detoxifying properties. It has a remarkable ability to draw out excess oils and impurities from deep within the skin thanks to its high levels of 'ion exchange'.
Rhassoul is also highly nourishing for the skin, thanks to its high mineral content and unique composition, including silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Because rhassoul clay has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial and antiseptic qualities, it is a great skin cleanser and can be use daily as a face wash. The regular use of rhassoul clay may also help to improve the appearance of skin troubled by eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea.
How to use your rhassoul clay
Put some rhassoul clay into a stone, clay, glass or wooden bowl. Add an equal quantity of water. Leave the clay alone to hydrate and activate for about 10 minutes, add more water or powder if needed to achieve the right consistency for the intended use. The clay can be stirred to assure a homogeneous consistency. For most uses, a yogurt-like consistency is ideal. With a little bit of practice you will become an expert at mixing your rhassoul. If you prefer to measure by volume, then one measure of clay powder shaken level will need just less than two measures of water.
For convenience rhassoul can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container, or a little water can be poured over the clay to prevent evaporation.
As a shampoo and conditioner
Mix the clay as described above. Wet the hair, then massage the clay mix into the scalp for a few minutes. Add a little more water to the scalp to keep the clay fluid. Do not rub the clay into the hair, just let the hair hang, it will be cleaned during the rinse. Rinse the hair and allow it to dry naturally. For long hair, make the clay mix much thinner than for all other applications, so that it can be poured. The consistency is similar to milkshake. Wet the hair, and pour the clay liquid onto the scalp, then comb down the length of the hair. Rinse the hair and allow it to dry. With regular use of rhassoul clay for hair washing expect:
- A perfectly clean scalp and hair
- Relief from dry and dandruff-prone scalps
- A better nourished scalp and healthier follicles
- Reduced frequency between hair washing
- An increase in hair volume and body
- An increase in hold, flexibility, smoothness and shine
- No build-up
As a face mask
Make up the clay as above. Spread the clay over the face, avoiding the eyes. Wash the clay off the face before it dries (about 10 minutes). If you wish to prolong the face mask, cover the mask with a thin damp cloth, spray with a mister or for help with skin outbreaks, steam the mask over a bowl of hot water, using a towel to create a steam chamber.
As a body wash
Mix up the clay as above. Use in the same way as conventional soap or shower gel. For body scrubs, begin with a wet body and massage rhassoul over the entire body. Ideal for sensitive skins, Use the shower initially for getting the body wet, then after turning the shower off use the clay in the hair and rub it across the body, With regular use of rhassoul clay for washing the face and body expect:
- Your skin to be perfectly clean
- More translucent
- Much reduced in flakiness
- Increased skin elasticity
- Better nourished skin with a firmer texture
- Silky smooth skin all over
- Less reliance on deodorants and moisturizers due to the mild deodorizing effect of Rhassoul clay
- A reduction of oily shine on the surface of the skin
- Cleaning of excess oils from inside and around the pores giving improvement to acne prone skin
- A reduction in the need to moisturise dry skins
Rhassoul is kind to skins prone to:
- Dry or oily patches
- Sensitive skins
- All skin
- Fine hair
- Thinning hair
- Everyday use
- Luxury use
Rhassoul possesses a strong negative charge and high absorption rate -- carrying away excess sebum, toxins, heavy metals, chemical residues and impurities. At the same time, many essential minerals and trace elements are released from the clay particle into the dermis, encouraging better skin health and reduced signs of aging. Follicle health and hair quality are also improved.
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