Written for Kali by: Valerie, the Founder of Klei, our product partner.
Baths are having a moment. It seems as though every time I open up Instagram on Sunday night, half of my feed is indulging in a calming bath ritual. The options for a #selfcaresunday soak are vast – bath bombs, bubble baths, and sea salt soaks. Interestingly, there is a small, but growing trend I’m seeing on my feed – clay bath soaks. For some, bathing in clay might seem counterintuitive. Baths are for getting clean, and clay is essentially just dirt. But when you think of all of the amazing benefits that clay masks give to your face – gentle exfoliation, pore-cleansing, toning, and tightening – wouldn’t you want to extend these benefits to the rest of your body?
All of the different varieties of clay – bentonite, illite, and kaolinite – remove dead skin cells, resulting in softer, glowing skin. They also absorb impurities and oil from the skin. Some clays, though, have better absorption properties than others, resulting in a treatment that is soft and gentle to all skin types.
French Green Clay obtains its soft green color from Iron Oxide and decomposed plant material, including kelp and algae. This variety of kaolinite clay is great for calming and soothing the skin, and has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
French Pink Clay is actually made by combining Red Illite and White Kaolin clay. This pretty pink clay is ideal for enhancing circulation and for calming sun-damaged skin. It also works to soften and moisturize the skin.
French Yellow Clay is rich in fine mineral particles, including Iron Oxide, which gives the clay its yellow color. It is a velvety-soft clay, ideal for stimulating circulation, resulting in fresh and radiant skin.
Interested in the benefits of bathing with clay, and want to give it a try? A clay bath soak is pretty easy to DIY – just add 1-2 scoops of clay to warm running water. For those who aren’t about the DIY-life, Klei’s new range of clay bath soaks are blended with sea salt, botanicals, nourishing powders, essential oils, and, of course, clays, creating a truly decadent bath-time experience.