Kaolin clay mask is an effective and inexpensive way of beautifying facial skin and getting rid of blackheads, acne, and skin impurities.
Kaolin clay, also called white clay, is perfect for the sensitive and dry skin as it is very gentle and delicate. If you have sensitive and dry skin, you should avoid using other clays such as the green one because other clays strongly draw out the oils from the skin.
If you have oily and acne prone skin, your skin would benefit more from the green clay face mask but kaolin clay mask will work too.
Kaolin clay has various benefits for the skin such as:
- nourishing and soothing the skin
- detoxifying and cleansing the skin
- removing the dead skin because it contains a high amount of silica
- eliminating toxin from the skin
- softening the skin
- stimulating blood circulation
- if you leave it on longer it starts to extract excess sebum which is great for the oily skin but if yours is sensitive you’ll wash it off before that happens
With so many benefits for the skin, it’s no wonder so many skin products contain kaolin clay as an ingredient.
Recently I started using kaolin clay mask to beautify the skin and to get rid of some blackheads. I have a very sensitive and dry skin so I chose kaolin clay. The mask is surprisingly easy to make.
Before going onto making the face mask, I googled my ass off to find the right amount of kaolin clay and water so I wouldn’t ruin my mask. I was quite silly, because after I’ve given up of searching the right formula, I just poured water into the kaolin clay until the mixture formed. It’s no brainer. You can’t really go wrong. If the mixture is too solid, add more water, and if the mixture is too liquid add more kaolin clay. Am I Captain Obvious or what? 🙂
But to get you started, you can make your kaolin clay mask with these ratios:
- 2 tablespoons of kaolin clay (you can get it here)
- 2 tablespoons of water – best to use purified or distilled water but if you got none, use the regular water
Mix those two ingredients in a non-metallic container and mix it with a non-metallic spoon because metal tends to react with the clay and can reduce its effectiveness. I used food stick to mix it.
This should form enough mixture to cover your face, assuming you have a regular face size 😀 You can make more of it to put on your neck.
Applying the kaolin clay mask
Before putting the kaolin clay mask on, your skin should be clean. That means no makeup or skin creams on.
If you have a clean brush, you can use it to put the mask on or you can put it on with your fingers. I used food sticks. But remember, don’t use anything made of metal.
If your skin is sensitive and dry, leave the mask on the face for about 10 minutes. Don’t let it dry out completely – wash it off when it’s about to get dry and before it reaches the crumbly stage. This will provide your skin with all the benefits of the kaolin clay, but it won’t have the time to extract sebum that your skin needs.
If your skin is oily and acne prone, leave the mask on the face for about 15-20 minutes. Leave it on until it’s dry and then wash it off. This way the mask will have enough time to draw out excess oil from the skin.
Extra ingredients to put in your kaolin clay mask
You can replace the water with herbal infusions such as chamomile or lavender herbal infusion. Any infusion you like will do.
If your skin is sensitive and dry, add cold pressed oil to the kaolin clay and water mixture. Use any cold pressed oil such as almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil…
Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to provide your skin with even more beneficial properties. See what essential oils are best for your skin type.
How often to use kaolin clay mask
Kaolin clay mask is best to be used once a week.
If you have oily skin type you can use it 2-4 days in a week. But if you have dry skin type don’t use it more than once a week.