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SUPERFINE WHITE CLAY KAOLIN

HISTORY AND ORIGIN

Clay is a type of soil produced by the metamorphosis of rock that is naturally rich in mineral salts. It is found in major or minor deposits and, in most cases, extracted from open-cast pits. It was the first natural medicine known to Man and has been used for centuries for its therapeutic benefits. Clay stands out from other elements in that it is both absorbent and adsorbent – meaning it can exchange absorbed impurities and toxins for beneficial minerals. Kaolinitic clay is among the gentlest on the skin.



PROPERTIES

The Superfine White Clay Cattier, extracted in France, in environments protected from any contamination, has been chosen for its incomparable quality. Its properties have been improved by the action of the sun. Clay is used for masks, poultices and clayey water. Cattier Superfine White Clay, with its neutral pH, is particularly appropriate for the care of dry, fragile skins. Non allergenic, it is also suitable for the sensitive skin of babies and may be used as talc. It is a valuable aid in the care of irritated skin on account of its antiseptic and healing properties. Absorbent, decongestant, regenerating and soothing, it eliminates toxins and impurities, revitalises and calms whilst encouraging healthy cellular renewal.
Preparation of clay paste: Pour white clay in a wood or glass container and add water. Let it rest 30 minutes then stir with a wood or plastic spatula to obtain a homogeneous paste. The white clay could be used alone or combined to essential oils.

For a facial mask: Apply the clay paste in a thick coat over the face and neck, avoiding the eye and lip areas. Leave on for approximately 10 min without allowing the mask to dry on the skin. Rinse off with tepid water and dry the skin with a cotton towel. Complete the treatment by applying a moisturising cream.

As a poultice: Place the clay paste on a piece of natural fibre and, using a non-metallic spatula, spread it out to a thickness of 2-3 cm. Lay the poultice with the clay directly in contact with the skin and hold it in place with a bandage, but not too tightly. If the poultice needs to be applied to an irritated area, lay some fine gauze between the clay and skin. Leave the poultice in place for one hour. When it comes to taking it off, remove as much of the clay as possible, wetting it if necessary, then rinse off with tepid water and dry with a cotton towel.

Preparation of clayey water: Tip out one or two spoons of white clay in a glass, add water and stir with a wood or plastic spoon. Wait until the clay settled in the back of the glass and use only clayey water.
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