Kaolin clay is versatile clay with a number of uses and benefits. It also has unique chemical and physical properties that contribute to its use. 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.
How is kaolin clay for your skin and hair? The external use of this kaolin has a long history. Of all the known clays, kaolin (the white type) is the mildest. This property makes it a not-harsh skincare product for sensitive skin types. The distinctive constituents of aluminum oxide and silica largely contribute to the amazing effects for skin.
Following are the benefits of kaolin clay for skin:
Kaolin is used to Clean and Care for Skin
Kaolin clay has been traditionally used in caring, nourishing, and soothing different skin types. Currently, kaolin is one of the major active ingredients in most of the facial and skin products, body powders, deodorants, scrubs, and poultices [Awwad, 2011]. It can be used alone or in combination of other products.
The clay can be effectively used to care for wet and oily skin. It is applied on the skin as a dusting powder or in a wet dressing and left for sometimes until dry then washed out. Kaolin clay works by reducing the production of sebum. This makes the oily skin to remains smooth and dry.
According to W.N Logan (2009), Indiana Division of Geology, Kaolin clay is used as skin detoxifying and cleansing agent. The clay contains high content of silica that helps in removing the dead skin and makes it to regenerate. This also purifies and detoxes the skin and makes it moist. In addition, it has unique minerals and phyto-nutrients present, which helps in eliminating toxin and oil from the skin.
To detoxify and clean the skin, kaolin clay is used as facial masks and body wraps, where thin layer is applied on the face or on the body and left to stay intact for averagely 20-30 minutes. When it is washed out, the skin, remain with remarkable regenerative properties.
Kaolin clay uses also come down to hair. It is ideal for the scalp since it gently exfoliates while stimulating circulation and cleansing. For individuals with dry hair, white clay will serve as the perfect cleanser since it won’t draw moisture from the hair. It increases strength and elasticity, absorbs toxins on the scalp and hair and can aid slow the aging hair process. It can also be used as a hair mask