French vs Australian Pink Clay
Updated: Jul 15, 2019
Like the names suggest, the difference between the French and Australian varieties of pink clay come down to location. Depending on where the pink clay is harvested from, it will have a different mineral content, which could alter its effects on the skin.
We’ll start with Australian pink clay as that where our roots lie. Australian pink claycontains silica, magnesium, selenium, and zinc in trace amounts (in addition to the same iron and calcite that French green clay has). Silica is a natural anti-inflammatory substance that also helps lock in moisture (which is why pink clay is so great for dry or eczema-prone skin), magnesium helps the skin retain its natural fatty acids, selenium is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, and zinc helps the skin heal.
French pink clay contains trace amounts of iron, illite, montmorillonite and calcite. Illite is great for decongesting pores (especially on acne-prone skin) and also boosts blood circulation to make skin look younger and more toned. Montmorillonite is absorbent, to gently soak up excess oil, and from a wellness perspective—calcite is a crystal that’s said to be great for purifying your energy.
In the long run, the results from these two different types of clay will be similar. However, if your skin is really sensitive or dry, then Australian pink clay may be a slightly better bet.