Rhassoul clay - also known as ghassoul clay - occurs naturally in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. It has been used by African people for well over a thousand years but, in recent years, its cleansing properties have achieved worldwide recognition and it is now a very popular and effective spa treatment.
It is a light brown-coloured lava clay that, as a powder, has an exceptional ability to absorb water and oils, including excess grease in the skin. It contains many beneficial minerals including calcium, silica, potassium and magnesium and, as it cleans and unblocks pores, it also nourishes the skin cells and encourages healthy re-growth. It may be used as an exfoliating agent that gently removes dead and flaking skin, or it can be used as a rejuvenating facial mask. It can also be used on hair, which it both cleans and conditions without the need for chemical-based shampoos.
For generations, women in North Africa have used Rhassoul Clay to improve the condition and appearance of their skin and hair. Its benefits are many but they depend on how it is used.
When applied as a paste to the skin, it has a deep cleansing action; it will unblock clogged pores, closing them and giving the skin a clean, firm and toned appearance. It will also tend to remove excess grease without stripping out the skin's natural protective oils, and it acts as a gentle exfoliant - removing dead and flaking cells. As a result, it leaves the skin feeling soft and looking radiant.
Moreover, its high natural mineral content nourishes the skin, keeping it healthy and helping it to stay firm and elastic. To achieve these effects, it can be applied as a paste, used in place of soap, or it can be made into a facial mask for a deeper, longer-lasting effect. It works especially well on skin that is prone to acne, enlarged pores and blackheads but its non-irritating properties make it suitable for all skin types. Rhassoul Clay also provides a gentle, natural treatment for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
When applied to the hair, it improves its feel, condition and manageability. Many users report that it helps to minimise frizz and that its condition effect is cumulative - adding a lasting strength, vitality and lustre to hair of all types.