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glacial clay in skincare products

Dating back hundreds of thousands of years, Canadian glacial clay found in specific regions in Canada is gaining increasing recognition as an effective anti-aging and wellness ingredient.

After the ice age, glaciers began to melt, creating depressions that contained various types of sediment or “drift” collected during the migration of the glacial water and ice. Over time, these glacial lakes began to dry out, leaving behind large deposits of clay made up of sediments, glacial water, and many other components. Some of the largest deposits have been found in British Columbia.

Upon analysis of this clay by research scientists, it was found to contain rich earth elements, marine actives, micronutrients, and vitamins. Also, the clay is made up of particles that are as fine as the mist in a fog bank, making them minute enough to penetrate the inner layers of the skin and draw out toxins.

What is its benefit to our body?

With aging comes poor circulation, internal inflammation, and dehydration. Exposure to harsh environmental pollutants can lead to a build-up of toxins which eventually show in the skin. According to research into BC glacial clay by Dr. Ernst A. Hauser, professor of colloid chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the clay’s high absorption makes it ideal for drawing out impurities and toxins from the skin.

As a product developer, I am involved in researching unique active ingredients from various parts of the world. I became aware of the glacial clay a few years ago, and began researching its properties and experimenting with it for use in cosmetic preparations. We now use the glacial clay in our complete cosmetic formulations, and have received positive feedback from users claiming it helps heal acne, reduce blemishes, and improve skin tone, firmness, and overall skin appearance.

Aside from its many cosmetic benefits, unlike other types of clay, glacial clay, after application, leaves the skin feeling silky and hydrated rather than tight and dry.

Ingredients that go beyond just topical care such as our own Canadian glacial clay are nature’s gift for optimal skin health.

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Rare Composition

The core structure of our glacial organic clay is chlorite-mica, enhanced by almost 60 rare earth minerals and marine ions, culminating in natural, restorative clay.


  • Purifying Ions

Our Glacial Oceanic Clay is highly reactive, effectively targeting and lifting dead cells and skin impurities.

  • Rehydrating Osmosis

Molecules penetrate cells to draw rich moisture from deep within to rehydrate skin gently and uniformly.

  • Colloidal exfoliation

Microscopic particles of our Glacial Oceanic Clay adhere to skin pores, emulsifying to remove excess oils and impurities.

  • Invigorating astringency

Constrictive attributes reduce pore size resulting in smoother, firmer skin.

  • pH toning

Neutral pH properties help strengthen the skin’s barrier.

  • Anti-inflammatory

High-absorption rapidly cools, soothes and reduces swelling and puffiness.

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Benefits of Canadian Glacial Clay to our skin  

  • Detoxifies
  • Removes accumulated dead/dry skin cells, toxins, and bacteria from the skin
  • Improves skin’s tone and texture
  • Replenishes beneficial minerals and elements to protect and renew the skin
  • Rehydrates the skin
  • Restores and Balances Skin’s pH Levels
  • Tones and Tightens your Skin
  • Purifies
  • Natural Exfoliating and Astringent Qualities
  • Reduces Oiliness of Skin
  • Increasing Rate of Blood Circulation that Speeds up Healing Process of Troubled Skin
  • A natural all-in-one skin care regimen
  • Effective problem-skin treatment
  • Pore reducing
  • Healthy exfoliation and blood circulation
  • Visible smoothing and firming
  • Wrinkle reduction

NAYELLE has used Glacial Marine Clay as the bases for our entire product which will definitely detoxify our skin to its finest as the clay removes positively charged impurities from the skin’s surface and releases nutrients as well. Its osmotic strength draws up moisture to hydrate the skin. It will also help our skin to restore and balance its pH level and speeds up the healing process for troubled skin.