Did you know white kaolin clay is one of the finest and gentlest among all types of clay? A naturally occurring clay mostly found in soil developed from the weathering of rocks, it is named after the Kao-ling mountain in China, where the clay was mined for centuries. White Kaolin Clay has many properties in a face mask… it is ideal for sensitive, dry and mature skin.
What is White Kaolin Clay?
The main component of kaolin, as we call it, is the mineral kaolinite. It is mined all over the planet from China to Europe to the US. Pure kaolinite is bright white, though kaolin clay often has other minerals present in it that add slight coloration to the clay; most often it has a pinkish hue from iron oxide or a greenish color from decomposing plant material. In general, the brighter the kaolin clay (bright white to be exact), the better is its quality.
How is it used?
It is great for treating acne, and wonderful for those with sensitive skin. Being the mildest among all clays, it soaks up excess oil in your skin. Kaolin Clay powder can be used on various types of skin conditions. Whether it is rashes or inflammation from break-outs, it is very good at soothing irritated skin. It is widely used in sugar scrubs, salt scrubs and facial masks.
White Clay Face Mask Benefits
There is an abundance of benefits offered by a kaolin clay face mask – take a look:
Kaolin clay is well-known for being a fine and light that is packed with natural absorbency properties. If you mix it with a little warm water, it creates a wonderful kaolin clay mask for oily skin. Apply on face and it soaks up the excess oils and stale sebum on the skin and within pores. Regular usage reduces production of sebum, which in turn lessens the overall oiliness, thus keeping your skin smooth and dry.
Since it comes with detoxifying effects, kaolin clay sucks out impurities such as grime, dirt, pollution and germs from the pores. That is how your pores stay clean and don’t get clogged up, thus preventing breakouts and blackheads or whiteheads.
As mentioned, you can understand why it is important to keep the skin clean and free from dirt, grime, etc. Kaolin clay is wonderful as a daily facial cleanser. It is gentle on your skin and an excellent alternative to harsh facial cleansers that cause underlying damage and eventually make the skin rough and flaky. It is rich in amino acids and trace elements that have a deep cleansing, toning and revitalizing effect.
With its slight abrasive texture, kaolin clay makes a good exfoliant. It scrounges off dead cells and flaky skin, keeping skin looking soft and supple. Deep cleansing is necessary to get rid of debris and dead skin cells that tend to accumulate on the surface and refuse to allow pores to breathe. It penetrates deeply into your pores and pulls out any impurities, keeping your skin clean and fresh.
Although kaolin clay can be used on almost all types of skin, it works marvellously for those with sensitive skin. Because of its mild properties, the likelihood of it causing an adverse reaction on your sensitive skin is nil. It soothes easily irritable skin and skin prone to breakouts, rashes and redness.
Pimples and acne is a nightmare. Not only is it look bad, but they can get extremely painful due to formation of pus. You need to opt for a regular acne treatment on a weekly basis so breakouts are reduced, while red blotchy painful and pus filled acne is treated properly. A kaolin clay mask for acne can help you deal with this troubling problem, leaving your skin pimple-free and smooth.
Did you know that good blood circulation keeps your skin looking its best? As more oxygen goes to the face, nutrients are delivered more readily to the skin cells. This means the skin cells are able to regenerate more easily, which give a youthful appearance. Skin cell renewal is all the more important or else your face looks dull and haggard. Kaolin clay makes this possible. So while it cleanses and exfoliates, it also delivers nutrients to your cleaned skin, helping your skin look and feel healthy, young, and vibrant!
Due to its high concentration of silica, it locks in moisture content. Silica is a compound that helps in both removing dead skin and maintaining moisture, which means the skin won’t look or feel overly dry after you wash off the facial mask. It will feel soft as the skin texture improves.
How to Use Kaolin Clay Masks
There are numerous ways to prepare kaolin clay face masks (DIY). For instance, the simplest way is to mix the clay with equal parts water, apply to your face, and let the mask dry on your skin. Leave on for 15 minutes (5 minutes for those with sensitive skin), and wash off with water! However, you can tweak the kaolin clay face mask recipe accordingly. Here goes:
● Mix kaolin clay in a bowl with cooled green tea to it so that it forms a paste-like texture.
● Add aloe vera gel and lavender oil.
● Stir thoroughly so all the ingredients can be mixed properly, or else the face mask will be uneven and lumpy.
● Now dip your face mask brush into the mask and apply it onto your clean dry face and neck.
● Avoid the area around your eyes, mouth and eyebrows.
● Leave the mask to do its magic for about 5 minutes then rinse off with warm water or a warm wet washcloth.
● Splash face with cold water and pat dry gently.
● You can apply moisturizer, or a pea – sized amount of Shea butter or coconut oil.
Include white kaolin clay into your beauty routine, and get amazing skin in a natural and safe manner!
Please remember this mask should be applied 1 to 2 times a week and not more or else skin could become excessively dry. The lavender oil is totally optional but before using it, you have to do a patch test to confirm that you aren’t sensitive or allergic to it. If you are, then please leave it out of your kaolin face mask recipe.