Do you know about this amazing skincare ingredient called Ghassoul/ Rassoul clay?
Last month when I was looking for some organic, cruelty free skincare products, I came across this amazing “The Unique Face & Décolleté Ghassoul Mask”. I was intrigued by what I read at the back of the pack. It was a gorgeous green sachet, with gorgeous font. I know I am such a big sucker for good pacakging 🙂
Being a pure clay mask, I personally find it unnecessary to market it as vegan and cruelty free etcetera… nevertheless I was excited to try it out. I was even more excited to know about this Moroccan beauty secret of thousand years. This clay mask comes in a fine powder form, which turns into almost a silky texture when mixed with water.
So, Ghassoul Clay comes from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and is being used for skin and haircare since a long long time. It has many names – Ghassoul Clay/ Rassoul clay/ Red Clay/ Red Moroccan Clay etc, and it can only be found in the Atlas mountain range specifically. It is basically a sedimentary rock formed from unstable volcanic rocks through geothermal activities.
This clay has good amount of silica and magnesium content in it, making it very good for the skin. Silica is known to be a major component in collagen, and as for magnesium, skin cells lacking enough magnesium are highly prone to free radicals attack, making magnesium important to combat wrinkles.
What did the green sachet say :
“Ghassoul has been a Moroccan beauty secret for thousands of years. The ground clay absorbs oil and dirt from the skin, and cleanses your face and décolleté areas down to the pores. After taking off the face mask, the skin feels perfectly soft and pure.
Fill with 10 ml of water or – particularly pleasant – with our Nourishing Face Tonic, gently mix with the finger, apply to the face and décolleté and let it take effect for 15 minutes. Rinse off and enjoy some admiring glances!“
And how I used it :
First time: I did as was prescribed to do (with normal water) and applied it all over my face and décolleté.
The second time after three weeks: I took the content in a bowl, made a paste with normal water and applied it all over my face and décolleté.
I prefer the second method as the sachet method was too wasteful and time consuming in my opinion. The clay takes some time to get mixed smoothly without lumps. So doing that in a bowl is a bit easy and also I could use all the content instead of wasting a lot which got stuck in the corners of the sachet, the first time.
My experience: 5 / 5
I have used many clay masks before. In India, fuller’s earth (multani mitti) is a very common clay we use for mask purposes. Although fuller’s earth is known for oil-balancing, cleansing and antiseptic properties, I do not remember having a great experience with it in the past. BUT with this one, I was blown away. I could see that my skin tone evened-out, my skin felt deep-cleaned, smooth and nourished. I really found the mask to be extremely effective for my skin. It is known that the high negative charge in Ghassoul clay help extract out impurities from skin and I definitely noticed that the mask helped in clearing my blackheads.
Overall it was a wonderful experience using this mask.
The only warning I would put out is DO NOT ever put it on your lips. And if by mistake you do lather your lips with it, please remove the mask right away. I don’t know what I was thinking when I did not bother to remove the mask from my lips. I had chapped, almost-bleeding lips for a week.
I am looking forward to buy loose Ghassoul clay and making my own mask at home. I absolutely love this clay, it is super effective in cleansing and digging out impurities from the skin. I would encourage all of you to try this one out; if you have sensitive skin- do a patch test and certainly leave out the eye area (this suggestion is for everyone actually). It is definitely nourishing but only for the clay standard, so do not forget to add post-mask moisturizing to your face.
Do let me know if you have used this clay mask before and how was your experience with it.