If you are a skincare enthusiast then you probably know about the many benefits that natural clays offer. There are a variety of natural clays and most of them work as highly purifying gentle and effective cleansers. Kaolin clay is one such clay which is suitable for all skin types and works as a cleanser, exfoliator and more!
Kaolin Clay originates in China and is commonly referred to as white clay or China Clay. It is rich in silica and has neutral pH levels. It is the mildest of all the cosmetic clays, making it suitable for all skin types. Depending on the various minerals and plant materials present in the clay, Kaolin Clay can sometimes be pink, red, green or grey. Each of these coloured Kaolin clays has different characteristics. Irrespective of the colours, this gentle clay’s numerous benefits and instant results will leave you in awe. If you have oily skin and are worried about acne, blemishes and open pores, you might want to try out Kaolin clay.
Is Kaolin clay good for skin?
Kaolin clay is an all-natural ingredient brought from deep into the earth and is rich in essential minerals. It is excellent for detoxification and exfoliation. Hence, it is used in a wide variety of skin care products- cleansers, exfoliators, masks for face among other things.
Kaolin clay is known for absorbing excess oils or sebum from the skin’s surface and gently exfoliates the skin. It is also effective in removing pore-clogging contaminants such as dust, dirt and dead skin that can accumulate on the skin’s surface. Kaolin is known to deeply clean pores and removes impurities by gently exfoliating the skin, which helps in minimizing the appearance of pores and revealing brighter skin. Thus, kaolin clay-based masks are often considered the best face mask for pores.
Not just pores, you can see the deep action of Kaolin clay on your blackheads, whiteheads and acne scars as well. An excellent astringent, this clay is perfect for cleansing, stimulating and detoxifying. For people with oily skin, clay products are a must-have in their skin care regime. Oily skin people tend to have larger pores and more oil secretion, which increase the chances of pores getting clogged and acne formation. Using a clay face wash and masks regularly ensures that the pores are clean and the skin is able to balance oil secretion. Kaolin is also great for those with acne-prone skin as it removes acne-causing impurities in a gentle manner, without causing any dryness or skin irritation.
Can we use Kaolin clay daily?
While Kaolin clay is gentle enough to be used every day, it also depends on your skin type. For people with oily and acne-prone skin, it can be used as a face cleanser to remove excess sebum and impurities from the skin. For people who have normal or dry skin type, they should ideally use it 1-2 times a week.
Kaolin clay has a very soft, fine texture. When coupled with water or other natural ingredients such as Activated Charcoal, it can deliver other benefits to the skin. You can also opt for face care products that contain Kaolin clay such as a clay cleanser which can be used daily to combat oily skin.
Kaolin-based clay mask though mild can be used twice or thrice a week for best results. Also, the use of clay products is highly dependent on weather conditions. Hot and humid weather is bound to make oily and acne-prone skin worse while winter weather may not affect it as much.
How do you apply Kaolin clay to your face?
Known for gentle exfoliation and minimizing pores, kaolin can be used commonly in the form of cleansers, face masks, scrubs, hair masks and so on. You can also prepare your own DIY mask by mixing it with other natural resources like Aloe Vera, Yoghurt and essential oils like Lavender, Chamomile, and tea-tree oil and water.
There are certain golden rules you must follow when using Kaolin clay as a cleanser or face mask. Some of them are:
- Go through a strict skincare routine of applying clay-based mild cleansers daily. This will reduce the build-up of harmful chemicals from chemically-enhanced products on your skin.
- Take a tiny amount of clay cleanser and apply it on the wet skin. Gently rub it upward and in circular motions.
- Before applying an exfoliating clay mask, it is advisable to cleanse the face first for proper results.
- When applying a Kaolin clay-based mask, use a clean applicator or brush to apply it on your face. This will ensure that harmful bacteria and germs don’t get transmitted to your skin.
- Apply the mask on your face as well as your neck. The skin on your neck deserves some tender love and care as well!
- The application of the mask should be for 9 minutes. Avoid letting the mask dry out on your skin.
- After using a Kaolin clay mask, don’t forget to moisturize your skin. While Kaolin clay doesn’t dry out the skin, it’s important to ensure that your skin is moisturized adequately.
DIY face masks with Kaolin clay can be a good way to soothe the skin, especially if it is acne-prone. However, in order to ensure that your skin continues to get the benefits of Kaolin Clay, you can consider going for a clay face wash which can be used twice daily to keep your skin detoxified and balanced. You can also use a Kaolin-clay based face mask twice a week to ensure your skin gets all the benefits – minimised breakouts, reduced pores, brightened and mattified skin. When buying a Kaolin clay cleanser and face mask, you can choose one which has other natural ingredients that can support your skin health such as:
- Shea Butter
- Activated Charcoal
- Witch Hazel Extract
- Cucumber extract
- Plant-based AHAs
- Vitamins B3 and E
Clays to look out for apart from Kaolin Clay:
- Moroccan Lava clay
- Fuller’s Earth clay
Together, these ingredients are perfect for detoxifying, pulling out impurities, absorbing excess sebum, exfoliating and giving your skin a radiant and matte look.
It may be impossible to find the right ingredient set that deliver these benefits without irritating your skin or making it dry. And that’s why The Moms Co.’s Natural Clay Face Kit is our personal favourite for people with normal to oily and acne-prone skin. This kit includes a clay-based cleanser for oily skin, a clay face mask and an applicator brush. It’s made with a rich combination of 3 clays – Moroccan Lava Clay, Kaolin and Bentonite and all the active ingredients mentioned above to give your skin 6 benefits – balance skin oils, exfoliate, deeply purify, minimise breakouts, tighten the skin. With the promise of 3 clays, 6 benefits and a 9-minute detox, this clay kit is an excellent addition to your skincare regime. The best part? These products don’t contain any harmful chemicals or toxins and are made without Silicones or Sulphates which are a common culprit when it comes to oily and acne-prone skin. Now you can have radiant, acne-free and balanced skin without a worry.