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Gray clay is one of the options available for skin and scalp treatment. According to Leonardo Abrucio (CRM 66591), a dermatologist at BP – A Beneficência Portuguesa, this type of clay is a natural ingredient, collected directly from the soil and extracted from volcanic rocks. To know everything about, continue the article!

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6 benefits of gray clay

Gray clay is rich in titanium, silicon and aluminum, in addition to its composition of iron, boron, potassium, calcium, sulfur and antioxidant properties, as the dermatologist points out. He also separated a short list with the main benefits. Check out!

  • Exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin: according to Leonardo, this clay has an exfoliating effect, due to the action of titanium, besides helping to remove impurities.
  • Assists in the treatment of acne: the gray clay reduces the oiliness of the skin and the amount of blackheads pimples, with the exfoliating effect.
  • Combats spots and dyschromias such as melasma: due to its antioxidant composition. In addition, the presence of titanium helps to filter the action of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
  • Prevents skin aging: for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as helping to reduce the action of sunlight on the skin.
  • Attenuates the appearance of dark circles: due to its antioxidant, soothing and photoprotective actions.
  • Helps treat sagging, cellulite and localized fat: when passing the clay in the body, you will achieve an improvement in the appearance of the skin, as it helps to activate blood circulation, has a tensor and anti-inflammatory action.

To take advantage of these benefits, it is important to know how to use the clay and how often. See these details below!

How to use gray clay

Check out the step by step, passed by the dermatologist, for you to use the clay at home:

1. Mixture of gray clay

Add a tablespoon of gray clay with 2 tablespoons of thermal or mineral water.

2. The application must be done with clean skin

On the face, Leonardo advises washing the face with mild soap or cleaning with micellar water and applying the clay mixture.

3. Leave on for 10 minutes and remove

After the period, remove the clay with water or iced chamomile tea, to have a calming effect. This mixture can be used once a week.

For body treatment, repeat the same application process, paying attention to the amount sufficient for the areas of the body and let it act for 30 minutes. When removing, opt for a bath, cleaning the skin with children’s soap or neutral. Repeat the process after 10 to 15 days.

Can you use it on your hair?

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According to Leonardo, the clay is indicated to reduce oiliness and scaling of the scalp, due to the alkaline pH and the presence of silica. It acts as an anti-residue shampoo, performing a thorough cleaning in this region. However, pay attention to pass only on the scalp, as it can dry out the ends of the hair. It is recommended to let it act for 10 minutes, every 15 days.

“It is preferable to use on people with oily scalp and to eliminate residues from shampoos and other products”, concludes the dermatologist.

How about knowing even more about the clay universe? Check out the full article on clay mask.

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