What immediately springs to mind when you think of a tropical destination is the warmth of the sun, the clarity of the ocean water and the exotic bounty of a lush landscape. A visit to Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa on Little Corn Island, 70km off the coast of mainland Nicaragua, has us turning the spotlight on tropical ingredients and the benefits they can bring to our beauty routine.
Green clay is a highly absorbent clay that has long been known for its detoxifying skin care benefits due to a mineral-rich composition of iron, magnesium and potassium. When applied topically, green clay can help rid the skin of harmful toxins and impurities with its ionic charge, acting like a magnet. Known to boost blood circulation, green clay is also an effective exfoliating treatment causing dead cells to slough off. For optimal results, mix green clay with filtered water or hydrosols, and avoid using metal bowls and utensils as they have been known to affect the properties of the clay, lessening its effectiveness. Many spas use clay in body treatments and face masks, including Yemaya who promote the use of clay for its detoxifying effect. Look for green clay powder at your nearest health food store.