Fuller’s earth or multani mitti is clay rich in minerals formed by the decomposition of volcanic ash. It is highly absorbent clay and thus is also called bleaching clay. It is aluminium magnesium silicate and is a source of other minerals such as calcium, calcite, dolomite, iron and quartz. Commonly it is used to remove oil and dirt from wool. However, it is also well known for its beauty benefits and is widely used in many skin care products, hair products and cosmetics as a binding ingredient. Multani mitti is a gentle exfoliate, has cooling effects, fight wrinkles and treats acne.
Let us learn in detail beauty benefits of fuller’s earth.
Multani Mitti Beauty Benefits
Fuller’s earth has a great ability to absorb impurities and oil. Thus, it acts as a skin cleanser and is especially beneficial for those with oily skin. It unclogs pores, removes dead skin cells, softens the skin and improves the skin complexion and tone. Due to its ability to regulate the pH level of the skin it gives your skin a fresh and youthful look.
Not only this mineral-rich clay is good for oily skin but also if used with right ingredients such as curd and in the correct amount, it also regularises the oil production for dry skin types.
However, there is no scientific evidence; still, it is believed that fuller’s earth has skin -lightening effects and treats pigmentation and tanning. Its paste improves the blood circulation and instantly makes your skin glow. This is why it is commonly used in creams sold in the market to decreases dark spots.
As discussed above Multani mitti removes skin impurities and unclog pores, and thus it prepares the skin to absorb lotions and serum and boosts their efficiency. This is why it is used as an essential ingredient in many face masks, cleansers, creams, conditioners, bath products, shampoo, dry shampoo, makeup powder, foundation and concealer.
If you are looking for an effective acne control ingredient, fuller’s earth is at your rescue. Apart from oil controlling property and ability to remove impurities, it is antiseptic, speeds healing and makes skin healthy. Due to the presence of magnesium chloride it prevents future breakout. It is also helpful in clearing acne, scars and blemishes. It is an effective home treatment for freckles, blackheads and whiteheads.
Due to its cooling, healing and anti-inflammatory property, you will find multani mitti useful in treating skin rashes, infection, sunburn, insect bite and skin inflammation.
Is Fuller’s Earth Safe To Use On Skin?
If used in an appropriate amount, fuller’s earth is safe to use on skin. However, in some people, it may cause minor irritation. Also, repeated exposure and large concentrations may cause eye and skin irritation. If inhaled it may cause throat irritation.
*It is advised to do a patch test before using fuller’s earth to rule out allergy.
How To Use Multani Mitti
Below I provide fuller’s earth face mask recipes according to skin type. Have a look.
Multani Mitti Facemask For Oily Skin
- Rose water- 2 tablespoons
- Fuller’s earth- 1 Cup
Mix both the ingredients to make a smooth paste. Apply the paste to your face and the neck and leave it to dry. Rinse it off. Repeat this 2-3 times in a week.
Multani Mitti For Dry Skin
- Fuller’s earth- 1 cup
- Curd- 2 tablespoons
- Mix the ingredients and apply the paste. After half an hour when the pack dries, wash it off. Repeat this two times in a week.
*You may also use milk instead of curd.
*Due to its high absorbing property, never apply multani mitti alone on your face if you have dry skin or it may dehydrate your skin. Always use it after mixing it with curd or milk whatever suits you better.
Fuller’s Earth Face Pack For Flaky Skin
- Honey- 1 tablespoon
- Fuller’s earth- 1 tablespoon
- Almond powder- 2 tablespoon
- Milk- 1 tablespoon
- Mix the ingredients well so that no lump is formed. Apply the pack and leave it for 20-25 minutes. Rinse it off, and you will be left with supple and healthy skin.
Repeat this two times in a week.
Fuller’s Earth Face Pack For Sensitive Skin
- Multani mitti- 2 tablespoons
- Rose water- 1 tablespoon
- Milk- 1 tablespoon
- Make a paste by mixing all the ingredients and apply it to your face and neck. Rise it off when it dries. You can use this face pack 2 times in a week.
Multani Mitti For Acne Prone Skin
- Multani mitti- 2 tablespoon
- Neem Powder- 1 teaspoon
- Lemon Juice- Half teaspoon
- Rose water- Sufficient amount to make a paste
- Mix the ingredients. Make a face pack and apply. After 20 minutes rinse it off. Use this pack 3 times in a week.
Multani Mitti Face Pack For Combination Skin
- Fuller’s Earth- 1 table spoon
- Oatmeal- 1 table spoon
- Rose water- 2 tablespoons
- Mix the ingredients and apply the face pack. Rinse it off when it dries. Repeat this two times in a week.
Do not apply Fuller’s earth daily to your face or it will wear off the natural oils and your skin will become dry. Nevertheless, if applied as instructed it is boon for your skin.