White Clay, or Kaolin clay, as it is also known has been very popular in the natural skincare regimen. Unlike bentonite and French green clay, kaolin has been considered to be one of the gentlest types of cosmetic clays available.
Facial mask lovers claim that kaolin has all the benefits of a clay without any of the negatives. What’s more, kaolin can even be used by people with sensitive skin! But is that really the case? Let’s have a more detailed look at white kaolin clay and its benefits for the skin. Can it really do wonders or is it another severely overhyped natural ingredient?
The main component of kaolin clay is the mineral kaolinite, which is a layered silicate mineral. Kaolin clay is found all over the world, but the name comes from Gaoling, the Kao-ling mountains in China, where it was mined for centuries. Kaolin clay is normally white in color, but not necessarily. It may come in different colors as well. It can be pinkish or greenish, depending on other minerals present. The general rule is the brighter white the clay, the better its quality and purity. While kaolin clay has been used for porcelain making, sculpting, and even as a gloss for paper but its most popular use nowadays is in skincare and personal hygiene care.
Is kaolin clay good for skin?
White kaolin clay has a neutral pH, an incredible mineral composition, and a high consistency of silica dioxide. Unlike some other clays, such as bentonite, white kaolin clay doesn’t leave your skin dry after use. It softens the skin, leaving it toned and healthy. It’s very gentle to the skin and it can be used by all.
SKIN TYPE: white kaolin clay is best for sensitive skin, dry skin, and mature skin
And now, let’s have a look at what and how is white clay for skin good for!
Kaolin clay skin benefits
One of the most important kaolin clay benefits is the fact that this type of clay has the ability to detoxify the skin but it doesn’t dry it out at the same time. Some claim that kaolin for skin whitening is supposedly also effective. Not sure if that’s true, but you can give it a try and let me know how it works! It promotes skin cell regeneration, bringing a healthy and glowing look to dull and tired skin.
Have a look at the list of kaolin clay benefits for skin benefits:
Natural gentle cleanser and exfoliator – Kaolin clay isn’t antibacterial but it helps to remove impurities from the skin, such as dead skin cells, excess oil, toxins, and dirt. Since kaolin is also a gentle yet effective exfoliator, it helps to remove the impurities without drying the skin or causing any redness or irritation. The silicate doesn’t get completely absorbed by water. That way, you get a cleanser and an exfoliator in one product! Rinse kaolin mask from your skin with slow and circular movements to gently scrub it. It’s a great alternative to commercial products that contain harsh ingredients that not only dry but may also irritate and damage the skin.
Reduces oily skin and acne – Even though white kaolin clay is not as powerful as bentonite, it is still absorbent and it clears the pores. It pulls the excess oils from the skin and helps to balance the oil production in the long run. By removing excess oils from the skin, kaolin also helps to reduce excess shine on your skin. What’s more, by clearing pores and removing impurities from the skin, kaolin helps to minimize acne. It removes all that may cause acne.
Heals insect bites, cuts, and injuries – Whether you’re dealing with irritated skin from bug bites or red rashes, kaolin clay can soothe the problematic area. It has mild healing properties but it has been effective in treating sore muscles, minor cuts, and bruises.
Tones the skin – Since kaolin clay is stimulating to the skin, it can tone it and tighten it at the same time. It also boosts blood circulation, promoting skin regeneration as well as healthy and glowing skin. For the best results, you need to use it long term.
Kaolin for hair – Since it’s excellent in removing impurities, you can also use kaolin clay on your hair and scalp. It won’t remove its natural oils; it cleanses it gently, boosting the circulation at the same time and strengthen the roots naturally.
Healthy white teeth – Kaolin clay is a common ingredient not only in deodorants but toothpaste as well. It cleanses the teeth, pulls out toxins, and tartar. You can also make your own toothpaste, which is an alternative to store-bought toothpaste or another addition to your toothcare. You will need to research this….
If you want to reap the beauty benefits of kaolin clay, making your own kaolin clay mask at home is very easy. You can try making one of these clay face masks or refer to the recipe below, which I love to make now and again because of this kaolin clay mask benefits: it’s soothing and gentle yet cleansing. You can also use face masks with white clay powder on a more regular basis than those with bentonite clay since it’s not as drying.
Let’s go over the white kaolin clay face mask benefits quickly before you dive into the recipe:
- it’s gently exfoliating; it removes dirt, dead skin cells, and impurities without drying out the skin too much
- naturally cleanses the skin (especially if you make your own without any nasty ingredients)
- improved circulation of the skin (which means rejuvenated and healthy appearance)
- regenerated skin and boost skin’s healing process
- toned and tightened the skin
- glowing and healthy skin
What is the best kaolin clay mask? While there are dozens of clay facial masks online ready to be sold and shipped, in my personal experience I’d say that the best kaolin mask is the one you make at home. By making masks yourself, you get a complete control over the ingredients. You have the option to include only what’s best for your skin. The best part about DIY face masks is that you can use any ingredients that you want. What’s more, many commercially prepared masks don’t cleanse the skin properly.
Don’t worry about making a DIY face mask with white kaolin clay even if you’re a complete beginner. They’re very easy to make and can be very versatile. The easiest way to make a white kaolin powder face mask is to combine clay with equal part water. Mix well and let it sit on your face up to 15 minutes (or less). Rinse with water and you’re done!
If you want to play around a bit, you can add different liquids (freshly brewed tea, aloe vera juice). Also, feel free to add different powders; combine different types of clay or add spirulina powder, turmeric powder, or activated charcoal. We dont recommend activated charcoal on a mature, dry or sensitive skin as it is super absorbant and will strip the skin of oil. Be aware that tumeric will colour the skin if you are going to use this as an option. When we mix masks for the day spa – we will add the smallest amount of coconut oil to add slip although too much will separate and ruin your mixture.
Mix your ingredients well (to avoid any lumps) and apply to your face. Avoid the eye, eyebrow, and mouth area.
Leave the mask on up to 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry gently and apply a spritz of a facial mist, or a moisturizer.