With studying skin care and facials, also comes a study of different clays. And there are a number of different clays out there. Currently I am working mostly with Kaolin clay. Kaolin is also called white clay or china clay. It is actually one of the main ingredients in porcelain!
Kaolin clay is naturally absorbent and contains silica and various minerals like magnesium, zinc, iron and potassium. It can be used in any number of cosmetic products. To name a few – dusting powders, soaps, makeup foundations, and of course facial masks.
My first introduction to kaolin was when I did the mineral makeup class with Jan Benham in the fall of 2012. It is one of the powders used in some of the base mixes for the make up.
Next up was dusting powder! I stopped using store bought deodorant quite some time ago. Originally I had switched to a homemade vinegar and water spray but once I was introduced to dusting powders, I switched again. I’ve been using dusting powder for about 8 months now. It is a mix of kaolin, baking soda, and essential oils and I find it really great!
And now I’m using kaolin as a base for some of my facial masks. It is a very mild clay so it can be used on all skin types – and that makes it a great starting point for me when looking at what will work best for different clients. And it is a favourite of mine to use on my own skin!