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How Do I Choose the Best Clay Soap?

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Clay soaps with bentonite are good for those with oily skin.
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Clay soaps may be available as a body wash or as a bar soap. Various types of clay also are used for making soaps, each with specific benefits. It's best to choose the clay soap formulated for your skin type. You may prefer pure clay soap or those with added ingredients, such as avocado or oatmeal. For sensitive skin, choose clay soaps that have been dermatologist tested and are free of perfumes and dyes.

It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various ingredients used for creating clay soaps. Recognize the purpose and benefits of these ingredients so you will know what to look for when you shop. Mineral oil or jojoba oil have a moisturizing effect, which is good for dry skin. You should also recognize the benefits of various types of clay to decide which is best for your skin type.

If you prefer a soap that has a milky texture, choose a bar made with kaolin clay. This is good for gentle facial cleansing and may heal dry patches. Kaolin clay soap can also be used for bathing. Bathing with rhassul clay soaps will give you the health benefits of a mineral bath at home.

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For oily skin or ease in removing make-up, choose clay soaps made from bentonite. Look for the added ingredient of tea tree oil if you prefer an antiseptic soap. If you'd like a fresh scent, choose a clay soap made with garden herbs. Most herbal clay soaps are all natural.

Choosing an organic clay soap is a good idea if you have concerns about additives. Read the packaging carefully and look for plant-based clay soaps. The packaging should state the product comes from an organic farm. Most organic clay soaps will not have ingredients such as dyes, artificial colors, or animal products.

In addition to cleansing, green clay soaps are often used for relieving sore muscles. Some people prefer bathing with green clay soap to relieve the discomfort of arthritis. Additionally. many people use green clay powder when making a hot compress for aching muscles.

You might want to make your own homemade clay soaps. To do so, choose your favorite clay powder and add a few other ingredients, such as melted coconut oil. Alternately, you can add lavender essential oil to clay powder, which may help you relax. You can find extensive homemade clay soap recipes by searching online.

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