The obsession with fair skin probably goes back to the origin of human beings. Since centuries, fairness has been associated with one’s social status in many cultures. The peasants and labor class toiled in the sun and ended up with sunburnt dark skins, while the aristocrats, who enjoyed all the luxuries of life, retained their original fair complexion.
If you think people have outgrown this medieval thinking, think again. Fairness remains the goal of most of us and why not? Who doesn’t want to look fair and lovely, especially the ones belonging to the fairer sex. Since time immemorial, various oils, creams, lotions, balms, clays and the like have been used in brightening the skin.
Types of clay
Since antiquity, whitening facial clay masks have been used for whitening the skin. It was used by Cleopatra, Queen Nefertiti and other nobilities down the line. Since then, the importance of clay has only grown as a medicinal and cosmetic medium.
Most of the clays possess skin whitening properties. However, one of the best clays for whitening facial clay mask is the Slovenian bentonite clay.
Slovenian bentonite clay – ideal for skin whitening
Slovenian bentonite clay is considered to be the best among other varieties of bentonite clays for skin whitening purposes. Its primary and only source are the huge reserves in Slovenia.
An important property of Slovenian bentonite clay is it nourishes the skin, removes dead cells, extra oils and impurities that accumulate on the skin.
Its deep cleansing action draws out pore-clogging dirt and helps purify and tighten the pores. It also regulates and balances excess oil.
However, its skin whitening properties makes it ideal for whitening facial clay masks. This is because of the large concentration of silica contained in it.
Silica serves as a bulking agent, anticaking agent, opacifying agent and, more importantly, as an abrasive.
This latter quality is what turns dark skins into fairer ones.
Applying a whitening facial clay mask
The most effective way to apply a whitening facial clay mask is not to slather it everywhere. Restrict its application to the areas of the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Avoid applying too near the eyes and lips.
People with excessively oily skin should apply this clay mask two to four times a week. For others, twice a week is fine.
The facial clay mask should be applied on the face for no more than 15 to 20 minutes and should be washed off with plain water. The clay’s powerful cleansing properties removes dead cells that brightens the skin and turns it fairer.
Ayana’s organic facial clay masks
Slovenian bentonite clay, as already mentioned, is one of the best skin whitening clays. Ayana Wellness offers two immensely popular whitening facial clay masks that are infused with Matcha Tea and Aloe Vera and have both deep cleansing and skin whitening properties. These are:
- Natural organic Bentonite clay mask with Matcha Tea.
- Natural organic Bentonite clay mask with Aloe Vera.
The two facial clay masks can be ordered online from ayanaproducts.com.