Sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, this wonderful mineral rich clay is high in silica and magnesium, making it fantastic for promoting skin and hair health. This silky clay helps to nourish the skin, draw out impurities and reduce blemishes. It can also help to even out the skin tone and is particularly helpful for dry skin problems. Rhassoul is traditionally used as a gentle facial cleanser and can be used in place of soap, being a superb natural cleanser. It can also be used as an alternative to shampoo – simply mix it up with some water to create a cleansing hair mask.
Rhassoul is also known as Red Moroccan Clay or Ghassoul. It comes from the Arabic word ghassala, meaning to wash. It really leaves the skin feeling smooth and cleansed.
Rhassoul clay for your hair
Rhassoul can be used as a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask in one. Try diluting a tablespoon of the clay in around a quarter of a cup of warm water. Mix well, massage it into your scalp and finger comb it through to the ends. Be warned, it can take longer to wash out than a regular hair mask. The extra couple of minutes are well worth it though. As well as being an excellent cleanser, rhassoul clay helps to alleviate dry, itchy scalps, and tackle dandruff. It also conditions as it cleanses, leaving hair soft and more manageable. You don’t need a separate conditioner when using rhassoul clay, but if your hair does feel dry, you could treat it to a few drops of argan oil.
Rhassoul clay for your face
Rhassoul makes a great cleanser. Not only is it very effective at removing makeup and dirt, it really helps to draw out impurities, so can reduce blemishes and make skin look much fresher and more even. Many of the mud masks that you can buy in the shop are pretty poor imitations of the real thing in my opinion. All you need to do it dilute the clay to make a thin paste. If you have some rosewater on hand, use that rather than tap water, for extra hydration. Massage the paste into your skin and then wash out, or remove with a damp cloth. If you have time, leave it on for a few minutes, to act as a face mask. You’ll be rewarded with plumper skin, that feels much softer.
People often assume that clay is very drying, but in fact the opposite is true. Rhassoul works with your skin’s natural oils and helps to lock in moisture. Clinical studies have found that it can dramatically reduce dryness. It also acts as a natural exfoliator, so is ideal if you ever suffer from flaking skin.