Kaolin clay or China clay is the most gentle among all the other types of clays used in skin care. The name “Kaolin” originates from “Kaoling,” a hill in China from where this clay was first obtained or mined. In China, this clay is mostly used for making porcelain and also as a medicine for treating diarrhea.
Kaolin clay is white and has a very soft texture. It is rich in “Kaolinite,” a type of mineral. Although it is usually white, it may also come in different colors (mainly pinkish and greenish), depending on the type of other minerals present in that clay. The whiter the clay, the purer and better it is.
Kaolin clay has a neutral pH and is rich in silica dioxide. Compared to other clays (such as bentonite clay), Kaolin clay does not make your skin dry. It is gentle on your skin and makes it soft and healthy. Hence, Kaolin clay is suited for people with dry, sensitive, and mature skin.
Benefits of Kaolin Clay
1. It Helps Control Oiliness
Even though Kaolin clay is not a great absorbent like other clays, especially Bentonite clay, it can remove excess sebum from your face. It clears the skin pores, but without stripping your skin of the natural oils (which are also essential to keep it moisturized).
2. It Is A Natural Detoxifier And Exfoliator
Kaolin clay cleans traces of dirt, pollution, grime, and bacteria effectively from your skin. It does not clog the skin pores and cause breakouts. It removes traces of dead skin cells without causing any redness or irritation.
3. It Can Soothe Rashes And Irritation
Be it bug bites or itchy rashes, Kaolin clay can help your skin calm down. It has mild healing properties, and when applied to the affected area, it soothes inflammation immediately. However, it shouldn’t be considered as the only healing option. Instead, use it for initial and temporary relief.
4. It Tones Your Skin
Kaolin clay stimulates your skin cells. When used regularly, it brightens and tones your skin. However, you will not see immediate effects. You need to to use it for a long time before you see any results.
5. It Can Be Used As A Natural Shampoo
Kaolin clay can also help to keep your scalp clean. Since it can remove dirt, oil, and other impurities, it can be used as a natural shampoo. It can strengthen the roots and boost blood circulation to your scalp. It does all of this without stripping the scalp of its natural oils.