Kaolin clay is a porous clay that is rich in the mineral kaolinite (a silicate of aluminium). It is completely natural, vegan and naturally free from toxins, and a proven multi-tasking ingredient in beauty and skin care products.
Kaolin clay may have a coloured tint caused by the presence of minerals or other natural contents. Pink kaolin clay contains numerous beneficial minerals, including copper, selenium, magnesium, and zinc. As its pH level is almost identical to that of your skin, it is particularly suited for delicate and sensitive skin types. Green kaolin gets its hue from iron oxide and deposits of ancient plant material in its surrounding area. Being the most absorbent type of kaolin clay, it is especially recommended for oily and acne-prone skin.
1. Purifies and exfoliates pores
Kaolin clay is a gentle yet effective cleanser that’s suitable even for sensitive skin. It detoxifies the pores by absorbing surface oil and impurities from the skin without drying it out. Kaolin clay naturally contains very fine crystals that scrub away dead skin cells to allow new skin cells to generate, thus revealing a brighter and fresher complexion.
2. Tones and firms
By clarifying pores and encouraging skin cell renewal, kaolin clay helps to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores to refine skin texture and reveal toned and healthy-looking skin. The iron content of kaolin clay is associated with improved skin firmness and elasticity. A clinical study showed that with regular use of kaolin clay, participants observed skin elasticity improved up to 173 percent.
3. Targets breakouts before they begin
By deeply cleansing and exfoliating the skin, kaolin clay helps keep pores clear of dead cells that trap surface oils and impurities to cause build-up inside the pores that can result in pimples. As well as absorbing excess oil, regular use of kaolin clay balances out sebum production, which helps prevent breakouts from occurring. As an exfoliant, kaolin clay also expedites the process of skin cell turnover, which helps to speed up the fading of scars and discolouration caused by acne.
Kaolin clay has a lower pH than other types of clay, which means it is kinder to skin. Kaolin clay is recommended for all skin types, including sensitive, mature or oily and blemish-prone skin.
Kaolin clay works well in combination with other products. It is safe for use alongside other key actives including face oils and AHAs such as vitamin C.
You can use a cleanser containing kaolin clay every day. If you have normal or dry skin, you can use a mask containing kaolin clay once a week. If your skin is oily or prone to blemishes and acne, you can use it up to two to three times per week.