Kaolin clay mask is beneficial for beautifying facial skin and removing blackheads, acne, and skin impurities. It comes in a few different colors—white, yellow, pink and red are the more common ones. They vary in their properties.
White Kaolin Clay: It’s the most gentle and so effective for sensitive, dry skin. It doesn’t absorb much oil, and is good for softening skin and mild exfoliation with its super gentle bits.
Yellow Kaolin Clay: It’s is a little more absorbent and exfoliating; nevertheless remains gentle enough for sensitive skin. This stimulates blood circulation slightly more, so great for use in skin brightening masks.
Red Kaolin Clay: It has the most absorbing powers of the kaolin family and so great for oily skin. This can supplement as acne & detoxifying masks for the face and body.
Pink Kaolin Clay: It combines the properties of white and red kaolin clays, so good to use for mixing up a balanced clay mask for those having sensitive skin that requires a little of oil-vacuuming and gentle exfoliation.
Kaolin Clay For Skin Benefits
This clay is best for use on sensitive and dry skin, since it is not so powerful in extracting the oils from your skin as the most other clays are – for example the green clay. (Read here for Homemade Green Clay Mask Recipe)
Note: if you leave it on the skin longer it will suck out excess oil (sebum) from the skin, which is good for the oily skin but if your skin is sensitive then you should wash it off before that happens. So, you can use this clay for both dry as well as oily skin.
The skin benefits of kaolin clay are:
(i) Nourishes and soothes skin
(ii) Detoxifies and cleanses skin
(iii) Sloughs off the dead skin, because of presence of high amount of silica
(iv) Eliminates toxins from skin
(v) Softens skin
(vi) Boosts blood circulation
That explains the reason why a number of skin care products contain kaolin clay as an ingredient.
If your skin is dry and sensitive, I recommend that you include kaolin clay mask in your skin care regime to beautify your skin, and even to remove some blackheads.
How To Make Kaolin Face Mask At Home?
The kaolin face mask is easy to make – not at all a brainer. Just pour water into the kaolin clay, mix it thoroughly until you get the right consistency mixture. If the mixture is too solid to apply, add some more water, and on the other hand if the mask is too liquid add a bit of more kaolin clay.
You will need:
To start with, you can prepare diy kaolin clay skin mask with these ratios:
(i) Kaolin Clay: 2 tablespoons (Check the current price of Kaolin Clay here)
(ii) Water: 2 tablespoons (preferably use purified or distilled water, but you may use normal, clean water)
Mix the two ingredients in a glass bowl (or any non-metallic container) using a wooden spoon (or any non-metallic spoon). The reason is that metal reacts with the clay and reduces its effectiveness.
Note: If you want to apply it on your neck or other body parts, use more quantities – but in the same proportion.
How To Apply Kaolin Clay Mask?
(i) Cleanse your skin – that is no makeup or skin creams on. You can wash your face with normal water.
(ii) Apply the mask using a clean brush or your fingers. But don’t use anything made of metal.
(a) For Dry And / Or Sensitive Skin: Leave the mask on your face for about 10 minutes. Don’t allow it to dry out completely – rinse it off before it reaches the crumbly stage. This way you will ensure that it provides all the benefits of kaolin clay to your skin, but does not get enough time to suck out oil that your skin needs.
(b) For Oily And Acne Prone Skin: Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes, until it dries and then wash it off. This way the mask will get sufficient time to draw out excess sebum (oil) from the skin.
Find here recipes for some great homemade clay face masks.
How Often To Apply Kaolin Clay Mask?
For normal, dry or sensitive skin: Once a week.
Oily Skin: 2-3 times a week.
Tip: You may add 2 drops of an essential oil of your choice for extra benefits.
Read here for Best Essential Oils For Different Skin Types.