It is a naturally occurring clay substance mostly found in soils that have developed from the chemical weathering of rocks in hot, moist climates. A good example of such a climate is the tropical rain forest. It is also called China clay, White clay, White Cosmetic clay, Hydrated Aluminum Silicate, Kaolinite clay amongst other names.
Kaolin Clay Skin Benefits
The external use of this kaolin has a long history and it beneficial as you will learn shortly.Some of the benefits of using this clay are mainly based on its rich history in personal use. Not sufficient clinical data exists to support its effects on health. Following are the benefits of kaolin clay for skin
1. Reduces Oily Skin
Kaolin clay is a fine and light clay that has natural absorbency properties. When applied on skin, mixed with a little warm water, it will soak up excess oils and stale sebum on the skin and within the pores.
2. Purifies Pores & Detoxes Skin
Since it has detoxifying effects, kaolin clay sucks out impurities such as grime, dirt, pollution and germs from the pores. This cleanses out the pores and prevents them from clogging up and causing breakouts.
3. Cleanses Skin
Kaolin clay can be used as a daily facial cleanser. It is gentle and can be used in place of harsh facial cleansers.
To make a facial cleanser with kaolin clay, place ¼ cup of kaolin clay, ½ cup of colloidal oatmeal and 7 drops of lavender oil in a bowl. Whisk them together then store in a clean jar in your bathroom cabinet. To use, place a little on your palm, mix it with water to form a paste then scrub it on your face. Rinse off with tepid water.
4. Good for Irritated Skin
Whether it’s poison ivy, bug bites or red rashes, kaolin clay can help. Simply run a warm bath then throw in 1 cup of kaolin clay and 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal.Stir well and soak for at least 15 minutes to get relief.
5. Soothes Sensitive Skin
Being the mildest of all clays, kaolin clay is suitable for sensitive skin types. It soothes easily irritable skin and skin prone to breakouts, rashes and redness.
6. Natural Hair Shampoo
Because it can suck out dirt, oils and other impurities, kaolin clay acts as a good natural shampoo! It can be mixed with other cleansing ingredients to form a hair and scalp cleansing paste
7.Used in Deodorant
When used in deodorant, kaolin clay soaks up sweat and oils from the underarms and neutralizes bad body odor. It also pulls out toxins from deep within. All these keep underarms clean and fresh.