What Is Fuller’s Earth?
Fuller’s earth, also known as “Multani Mitti” or “Mud from Multan”, is a clay-like substance that’s is primarily packed with varying composition of minerals like aluminum magnesium silicate. It also contains kaolinite, montmorillonite and attapulgite, including small amounts of other useful minerals such as calcite, dolomite, and quartz.
In this article, you will find out how to use fuller’s earth on your skin & face and homemade fuller’s earth face pack recipes for different types of skin.
Fuller’s Earth Uses
Fuller’s earth has had a wide range of uses over the decades, but this article is about skin care uses, remedies and cosmetics. In dermatology & cosmetics world, fuller’s earth is used as a cleanser for removing dirt, oil and impurities from the skin and to help treat pimples, acne and some other skin problems. This explains why fuller’s earth is present in many skin care products like facial clays and masks to treat acne & reduce wrinkles. It’s also contained in cosmetics to provide gentle exfoliating properties, bind other ingredients together or to otherwise stabilize beauty products such as to keep foundations, face powders and concealers from caking.
How To Use Fuller’s Earth For Skin Care – Home Remedies!
To Control Oil & Provide Healthy Glow
Fuller’s Earth And Rose Water Exfoliating Face Pack For Oily Skin
Due to Fuller’s Earth exfoliating properties, it can be used for removing dead skin cells from the top layers of your skin and unclogging skin the pores (Source).
(i) Combine & mix well a tablespoon of Fuller’s Earth with two teaspoons of rose water. You can adjust the amount of rose water to make a smooth, spreadable paste. Apply on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Massage it gently for a couple of minutes and allow it to dry. Rinse with lukewarm water. If you feel a need, use your favorite moisturizer.
Use this remedy 2 times a week for best results.
(ii) Put 2 tablespoons of fuller’s earth (multani mitti) in a glass bowl. Mash a fully ripe tomato, and extract its juice. Add the tomato juice and half a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the fuller’s earth in the bowl. Mix the three ingredients well to form a smooth, spreadable paste; add some water if needed. Apply on your face and neck, leaving it on for about 30 minutes – and then rinse off with water.
Use this remedy 1-2 times a week.
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Fuller’s Earth, Turmeric, And Curd (Plain Yogurt) Face Pack For Glowing Skin
This face pack is good for all types of skin. Along with fuller’s earth (Multani mitti), plain yogurt (curd) has a brightening effect on the skin (Source), and turmeric has medicinal & anti-inflammatory benefits (Source).
Take 1 tablespoon of fuller’s earth (Multani mitti). Add to it a pinch of turmeric powder and yogurt. Adjust amount of the yogurt so as to make smooth, spreadable paste. Apply the paste evenly on your skin, leaving it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse with water.
Treat Acne & Pimples
(i) Mix well 2 tablespoons each of fuller’s earth (multani mitti) and organic honey with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder to make a smooth, spreadable paste. Apply the paste to cleansed skin, and rinse off with after 20 minutes.
Use this remedy 2-3 times a week.
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(ii) Mix well 2 tablespoons of fuller’s earth (multani mitti) with 1 tablespoon of neem (Azadirachta indica) powder, and 1 tablespoon of rose water. Add a little bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mixture and stir well. Adjust the amount of rose water to make the paste of spreadable consistency. Apply onto cleansed skin, leaving it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
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(iii) Combine & mix well fuller’s earth (multani mitti) and aloe vera gel in the ratio of 1:2. Apply the paste onto cleansed skin, leaving it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Use this remedy twice a week.
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Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) And Oatmeal Body Scrub
This is a great body scrub that you can prepare at home with just a few ingredients. Basically, what you need is a cup each of fuller’s earth and oatmeal. You may add to this scrub 1 teaspoon of neem powder or orange peel and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add enough water to make a smooth, spreadable paste and use it to scrub your body while bathing.
Pigmented and Tanned Skin
(i) Make a scrub using equal amounts of fuller’s earth (multani mitti), sugar, and coconut water. Massage the mixture gently onto your skin in circular motions. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water.
Use this remedy once a week for smooth even-toned skin.
(ii) Take equal amounts of multani mitti and oatmeal powder. Add a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add enough milk and mix well to make a paste of thick consistency. Rub into your skin gently to slough off dry skin. Use your favorite moisturizer for deep hydration.
(iii) Combine a tablespoon of multani mitti with a teaspoon each of honey, tomato juice, and milk. Add in 1/4th teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apply onto tanned skin. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Wash with cool water to soothe skin and fade dark spots.
Fuller’s Earth Hydrating Face Packs For Dry Skin
(i) Fuller’s earth can be combined with honey for an amazing moisturizing face pack for dry skin. Mix well a tablespoon of Fuller’s earth with 1 tablespoon of honey. You may adjust the amounts to get a face pack of the desired consistency. Apply it on your face, leaving it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water.
(ii) Mix equal amounts of fuller’s earth (multani mitti) and curd (plain yogurt). Add in honey and a little bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir well the mixture. Apply onto your face & neck, leaving it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
(iii) Papaya is known for its skin lightening properties that help reduce skin pigmentation. When combined with fuller’s earth and honey, it makes a wonderful face pack to remove dead skin cells and providing a vibrant look to your skin.
Mash and take 1 tablespoon of ripe papaya. Add in a tablespoon of fuller’s earth (multani mitti) and a teaspoon of organic honey. If needed add some water and mix well all the ingredients to make a fine, spreadable paste. Wash your face and apply this evenly onto cleansed skin, leaving it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse off with water.
You can use this remedy 2-3 times a week for radiant skin.
(iv) Mix well 2 tablespoons of fuller’s earth (multani mitti) with 1 tablespoon each of milk and cucumber juice. Apply to skin and rinse off after fifteen minutes.
Notes: Store fuller’s earth clay in an airtight container away from sunlight, in a cool and dry place.
Fuller’s Earth Precautions
(i) Like in case of any powder, it can cause throat irritation if inhaled. Use it carefully so that it does not enter your mouth or eyes. Always use fuller’s earth as instructed on its package. Before using fuller’s earth on your skin first time, do a patch test to see if your skin is allergic to it. For a patch test, rub a small quantity on your forearm & watch for any allergic reaction over 24 hours. If your skin doesn’t react negatively, you can than use it on your face.
(ii) Fuller’s earth has high absorption power, so you need to be careful before using it if you have dry or sensitive skin. It can make dry skin drier and irritate sensitive skin. That explains why for using it on dry skin, we have to add other ingredients such as aloe vera gel and rose water to control inflammation, and ingredients like milk and honey for intense hydration. Also don’t use this on your face more than once or twice a week.