10 Reasons Why You Should Use Kaolin Clay
Published November 9, 2020
It might come as a surprise to you but the beauty products you’re using right now might be laden with clay. Yes, you read it right. Ever since humans discovered the benefits of clay on the skin, it has been a staple in our cosmetics. From masks to make-up, all use clay or clay minerals as an ingredient. There are many different kinds of cosmetic clay but for this post, we’ll focus on kaolin clay.
So what is kaolin clay?
Named after a place in China where it was originally mined, kaolin clay was traditionally used for pottery. It’s rich in kaolinite, a silicate mineral formed by the decomposition of feldspar. In its purest form, kaolin clay is bright white in color. Though some may appear in a variety of colors depending on what other minerals are in it.
Because of its color and soft, fine texture, kaolin clay is used in a wide range of applications. Aside from cosmetics, it’s also used in medicine and sometimes even applied to wounds to stop the bleeding.
Unlike other cosmetic clays, kaolin does not swell. Meaning, it does not soak up impurities like a sponge. Rather, it holds them on the surface like a magnet. This makes them ideal for deep cleansing as it does not clog your pores.
If you’re still unsure about using kaolin clay, here are ten reasons why you should:
1. It Works For All Skin Types
If you have sensitive skin, kaolin clay is perfect for you. Thanks to its light and very soft texture, it cleanses your skin without drying it out. That’s why it works for all skin types but is especially effective for sensitive skin.
2. It’s Milder Than Most Cosmetic Clays
Some cosmetic clays may be effective at drawing out impurities from your skin, but it also strips the skin of its natural moisture. This leaves it dry and lifeless. But since kaolin has the lowest pH level, it is milder than most cosmetic clays. So it does not irritate your skin. It’s so mild it can even be used as an all-natural alternative to baby powder.
3. It’s An Excellent Exfoliator
Since kaolin is light and soft, it’s an excellent exfoliator particularly if you have sensitive skin. It gently sloughs off dead skin cells without causing painful abrasions.
4. It Detoxifies Your Skin
It’s common knowledge that our pores are home to billions of bacteria, dead skin cells, and toxins. Combine it with sebum that your pores naturally produce and you have a recipe for disaster.
Like most mineral clays, kaolin draws out these impurities and detoxifies your skin. Think of it like a magnet that sucks out all those dirt from inside your pores. This leaves your skin refreshed and your pores as clean as it should be.
5. You Won’t Have to Worry About Excess Oil
For some women, battling oily skin is the story of their entire adult life. Don’t get me wrong. Oil is good for your skin but too much of it can cause a host of skin problems. And don’t get me started about how it makes you look like you just came out of a deep fryer.
But with kaolin clay, you can finally bid adieu to your oily skin woes. It absorbs excess oil from your skin and leaves just the right amount of moisture. So your skin feels soft and glowing.
6. It Shrinks Your Pores
Big pores make you look old and tired. This is why you need kaolin clay. It deeply cleanses your pores emptying it of dirt and other impurities. And with nothing blocking it or filling it up, your pores will shrink back to its original size making it less noticeable.
7. You Can Say Goodbye to Acne
Acne breakouts are the bane of our adulthood. There are various factors that cause acne. But the usual culprits are blocked pores.
When dirt and bacteria get inside your pores, it swells and gets inflamed. This causes acne breakouts. This is why regular deep pore cleansing is essential in preventing acne. And that’s where kaolin clay comes in. It rids your pores of acne-causing bacteria thus preventing acne breakouts.
8. It Can Whiten Your Teeth Too
Yes, you read it right. Apparently, kaolin clay is not just good for our skin. It can help whiten our teeth too. In fact, it’s used in toothpaste and gum powders. By creating gentle abrasions, kaolin clay polishes the teeth and slowly removes plaque and cavities. Plus, it’s rich in calcium which, as we all know, strengthens the teeth. Since it’s all-natural, anyone can use it even those with sensitive gums.
9. It’s a Natural Deodorant Alternative
The kaolin clay’s impurity-absorbing properties are not just limited to your face. It can absorb dirt and toxins in other parts of your body too like your armpits. Just lather some kaolin paste on your armpits instead of your usual deodorant. Leave it for a few minutes and wash it off with water. Over time, your underarms will also become whiter and feel softer.
10. It Cleanses Your Hair Without Making It Dry
There’s just so much you can do with kaolin clay. Aside from cleansing your face and teeth, you can also use it to clean your hair. It’s especially recommended if you have a dry scalp since kaolin doesn’t strip hair of its natural oils. Massaging it on your scalp also helps improve blood circulation which, in turn, nourishes the roots and promotes hair growth.
About The Author
As a self described fanatic of beauty and fashion, Judy Ponio loves to write blogs about style and beauty lifehacks. Her blogs are full of useful knowledge surrounding trends in the fashion and beauty world.