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Clay Masque

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Clay Masque

A wonderfully purifying and deep-cleansing masque that works to leave the skin feeling smooth and refined.  Contains bentonite and kaolin for the absorption of excess oils.  An excellent carrier for our plant actives, its stimulating effect effectively delivers them to the skin while marula seed oil and aloe ferox extract hydrate and soften the skin.

Recommended for problematic, reactive skin prone to impurities, inflammation and congestion.

Directions for use:  Apply an even layer to cleansed face, neck and décolleté.  Remove with warm water when masque is slightly but not completely dry.  Use once or twice weekly.  Avoid the delicate eye area.

Our skincare expert’s super tip: 
For best results, properly prepare the skin before applying your masque and be sure to remove the masque at the correct time.
A clay masque goes through three phases when applied to the skin. 
Phase 1:  the damp phase – skin absorbs the beneficial active ingredients. 
Phase 2 – the slightly dry phase -  increase in blood flow as the masque begins to cool and contract.  Always remove the masque during this phase. 
Phase 3:  the dry phase – moisture is drawn from the surface of the skin as the masque has been left on the skin for slightly too long.  This can result in the skin becoming dry, dehydrated and irritated.  Never allow the masque to become dry and flaky before removing it.  

  • Cleanse your skin thoroughly.
  • Gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.  This helps the mask work more effectively by allowing active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin.
  • Apply an even layer to your face, neck and chest area.
  • Keep the mask moist by spraying with water or toner throughout the 10 -15 minutes that the mask is on. Spray every time you feel that the mask is reaching the dry phase, about 3 to 4 times.
  • Remove with a re-usable muslin cloth and warm water. Gently wipe over your face, taking care not to drag the skin.
  • Spray the skin with toner and moisturise.
  • Use once or twice weekly.


Bespoke:  For an additional boost and to further enhance the properties of the masque, add a few drops of your favourite serum. 
For congested skin with dry or sensitive areas, add 3 drops of Africology Skin Hydrating Oil and for problematic, reactive skin, add 3 drops of Africology Balancing Serum

Use as an overnight treatment for emerging spots and blackheads.

Try our intensive 10-day program for severe congestion


Key Ingredients:  

Bentonite clay - natural clay derived from volcanic ash deposits.  It absorbs excess oil and toxins from the skin leaving it soft and glowing.

Kaolin - kaolin is a pure, active type of soft clay with excellent absorptive properties.  We use it in our Clay Masque as it is ideal for purifying the skin by absorbing toxins and excess oil.  It effectively stimulates circulation, helping to reduce irritation and balance the skin.

Aspalathus linearis (green rooibos) leaf extract - green rooibos is harvested from its natural South African mountainous habitat.  It naturally contains alpha-hydroxy acid, a compound that is beneficial for maintaining healthy skin, and is rich in iron, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc and sodium.  It has fantastic antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is useful in treating skin problems such as eczema, nappy rash and acne.  It has a soothing effect on the skin.

Hypoxis hemerocallidea root extract -  also known as African wild potato, it is full of sterols and sterolins which are helpful in the treatment of acne, eczema and psoriasis. It helps boosts the immune system and has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Aloe ferox leaf extract - aloe ferox is a succulent native to southern Africa.  This stemless plant has thick, full leaves with serrated edges. The leaves contain a gel with a variety of uses which include calming, soothing and hydrating sunburnt, irritated and sensitised skin.  It is rich in nutritional and healing compounds and minerals, amino acids, lipids, monosaccharides, phytosterols, vitamins E, B, C & zinc. It has anti-inflammatory properties and aids in reducing scar tissue.  It helps in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, burns and facial oedema. It is a natural astringent and oxygenator (drawing and holding oxygen in the skin), stimulates cell regeneration and helps replenish lost moisture.

Sclerocarya birrea (marula) seed oil - called “miracle oil,” marula is extracted from the kernel of the marula fruit and is considered one of Africa’s botanical gems.  Rich in antioxidants including vitamin c and e, it helps protect against free radical damage and promotes the production of collagen and elastin.  It contains high levels of essential fatty acids, like omegas-6 and -9, that help keep the skin nourished and reduce redness through their anti-inflammatory properties.  It is light and quickly absorbed by the skin so won’t clog your pores.  It is antimicrobial and non-comedogenic, making it ideal for treating acne blemishes and scarring.  It helps keep the skin hydrated by preventing trans-epidermal water loss.

Ingredients:

Aqua (water)
Bentonite
Kaolin
Glycerin
Aspalathus linearis leaf extract
Titanium dioxide
Citrus aurantium flower
Citrus aurantium dulcis flower
Hypoxis hemerocallidea root extract
Glucose
Xanthan gum
Magnesium aluminium silicate
Aloe ferox leaf extract
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil
Sclerocarya birrea oil
Glycine soja (soyabean) oil
Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract
Lactoperoxidase
Glucose oxidase

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