Rhassoul Clay Benefits – Ghassoul Clay
Naturally contains many minerals including magnesium, silica, iron and potassium
Rhassoul clay is found only in the caves at the foot of the Atlas mountains. It is dug out by hand, washed in fresh water then laid to dry in the sun. It is then crushed into powder. Its name comes from the Arabic rassala – to wash and it is also known as Ghassoul Clay.
It is a unique clay in that it was formed through millions of years of hydro-thermal action and volcanic magma. As it lay untouched in the mountains its mineral content was preserved & strengthened.
Rhassoul or Ghassoul clay has been used to detoxify and cleanse skin for over 1000 years. From Morocco its reputation carried it across to Ancient Egypt then on to Rome where it was used by the aristocracy to wash & beautify skin.
It forms an integral part of the Moroccan Hammam tradition, where inhabitants go to their local steam baths & spa to socialise whilst being covered top to toe in clay and scrubbed.
Rhassoul Clay Benefits & Uses
This versatile clay has many uses including soap, scrub, pack or mask on both skin & hair; this makes it an excellent value multi-tasking product which is also environmentally responsible – only one natural ingredient on the shelf & washed down the drain. It leaves both skin & hair clean and replenished.
Through ionic exchange its negative charge draws positively charged toxins from skin whilst its mineral content replenishes skin, leaving it clean and smooth. Compared to other clays it is more gentle, irritant & surfactant-free it is usable on all skin types including sensitive or acne-prone.
It is highly absorbent – hence its ability to soak up water, absorb excess sebum (oils) & draw out toxins; this absorbency is increased by the fine particle size of the powder increasing its surface area.
It has anti-microbial properties benefiting all skin especially acne-prone or problem skin.
The clay particles gently exfoliate skin sloughing off dead skin cells promoting health cell turnover, unblocking pores and tightening them.
Purchase our Rhassoul Clay Powder here & as part of the Moroccan Spa Set.
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