Before K-beauty and retinol made it big in the skincare world, many of us would turn to clay masks to tackle our concerns. These masks have been known to conquer anything from blackheads to oily skin. But, when it comes to choosing the right clay for your skin type, things can get a little more complicated.
One classic clay that’s soaking up the spotlight recently is kaolin clay, and for a good reason. This clay is a godsend for soaking up excess oil. And even better, it won’t leave your face feeling dry.
What is kaolin clay?
Kaolin, also known as white clay, is a natural clay named after ‘Kaoling’, the hill where it was initially discovered. Since its discovery, kaolin clay has become widely used to create pottery, medicine, makeup and even skincare.
When it comes to skincare, kaolin clay has a neutral pH and is known to be super gentle, making it the perfect option for those who already suffer from sensitivity or dryness.
Benefits of kaolin clay
Kaolin may not have the world’s longest list when it comes to skincare benefits, but this clay is nothing to sleep on. Kaolin is in all types of skincare products, from cleansers to serums, so it’s safe to assume what it does; it does well.
As a clay, kaolin is most commonly known for its ability to mattify an oily complexion by soaking up excess sebum.
Thank’s to its sebum controlling powers; kaolin is also a great option for those that suffer from acne and blackheads. These blemishes are often caused by excess oils clogging up the pores and becoming the perfect breeding ground for p.acnes bacteria. When incorporating kaolin clay into your skincare routine, these excess oils will be soaked up, leaving less opportunity for uncomfortable zits.
How to use kaolin clay in your skincare routine
Exactly how and when kaolin should be used in your skincare routine depends on what product you’re using. However, when used as a face mask, kaolin should only be used once a week.
To use a kaolin clay mask, first, cleanse the skin. Then, liberally apply the mask to either your whole face or your T-zone, depending on which areas need the most attention. Let the mask do its work for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off, and follow up with your regular skincare routine.
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