Red Clay

→ Mexican Name: Arcilla Roja
→ INCI: Illite
→ Derivation: Other
→ Country of origin: 🇲🇽 Mexico


Illite is a type of clay mineral that is commonly derived from the weathering of certain types of rocks, particularly shale. It belongs to the group of phyllosilicate minerals, which are characterized by their sheet-like structure. It is characterized by its rich red color and gentle skin cleansing properties.


  • Cleansing
  • Oil Control


Its benefits include absorbing excess oil, gentle cleansing, and providing minerals to the skin. Its composition includes the predominant clay mineral, illite, along with kaolinite and sometimes montmorillonite. Quartz, iron oxides, and trace elements like magnesium, calcium, and potassium contribute to the clay's unique properties. The red color is often attributed to the presence of iron oxides.


Cleansing, Barrier Support, Visible Shine, Textural Irregularities

Suitable for

  • All skin types

Our approach to ingredients

At Viva Maia, we're proud to introduce a unique skincare collection that marries the profound heritage of pre-Hispanic cultures with modern scientific innovation.

Our formulations are crafted from 100% natural ingredients, selected for their effectiveness and eco-friendly nature. With Mexico's rich biodiversity, we tap into potent and sustainable ingredients.

We cultivate many of these ingredients ourselves and meticulously handcraft our extracts, powders, and oils.