The Best Face Masks for Every Skin Type
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Kaolin Clay for Skin
First discovered in southeast China, kaolin is the fine, white, soft clay found in the decomposition of minerals. While we mostly remember clay as being the fun, gloopy stuff we used to play with at school, it's now popping up in the majority of our favourite beauty products.
Find out more about body and face clay in our beauty glossary.
See our kaolin guide to answer your questions like what is kaolin and what are the benefits of kaolin in cosmetics.
ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Night Cream
Murad Clarifying Mask
Valmont Purifying Pack
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum
Natura Bissé Stabilising Cleansing Mask
Kjaer Weis Invisible Touch Concealer
Natura Bissé Diamond Cocoon Enzyme Cleanser
Mario Badescu Silver Powder
GLAMGLOW Flashmud Brightening Treatment
Eve Lom Cleanser
GLAMGLOW Youthmud Glow Stimulating Mask
GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment
Virtue Refresh Dry Shampoo
PIXI Clarity Lotion
Vapour Beauty High Voltage Lipstick
Eve Lom Rescue Mask
Patchology Breakout Box
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick
Florence by Mills Cheek Me Later Cream Blush
Morphe Artistry Palette
Wet N Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Mask
Biolage R.A.W Re Hab Mask
theBalm Meet Matte Shmaker Eyeshadow Palette
Darphin Lumiere Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation
Smashbox Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation
Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel
Illamasqua Nude Collection Unveiled Artistry Palette
REN Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Whip To Clay Cleanser
AHAVA Mineral Radiance Instant Detox Mud Mask
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay
Dermalogica Medibac Sebum Clearing Masque
bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation
ELEMIS Herbal Lavender Repair Mask
Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask
Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance Cleanse
Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick
Biolage R.A.W Re Bodify Mask
bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
Elizabeth Arden Statement Brow
Vichy Dermablend SOS Cover Concealer Stick
butter LONDON Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow
Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque
GLAMGLOW Super Cleanse Triple Charcoal Cream To Foam Cleanser
Physicians Formula 3in1 Setting Powder
Antipodes Halo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask
This Works Evening Detox Clay Mask
GLAMGLOW Instamud 60 Second Pore Refining Treatment
NIOD Flavanone Mud Mask
Redken Styling Rough Clay
Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Top Coat
Color Wow Root Cover Up
MenScience Facial Cleansing Mask
Clinique Lash Power Mascara
Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder
Stila One Step Correct
Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask
Matrix Style Link Shape Switcher Moulding Paste
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clay Mask
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - Very Black Waterproof
Shiseido Oil Control Blotting Paper
Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising Clay Conditioner
Sebastian Professional Craft Clay
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Concealer Pomade
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette
Fudge Blow Dry Putty
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kaolin products
What is kaolin?
Kaolin, otherwise known as china clay and soft clay, is the naturally occurring mineral compound that is often used in cosmetics for its superb absorbent properties. Varying in colour, it’s a multifunctional ingredient and one of the finest powders used in the industry.
What are the benefits of kaolin in cosmetics?
Kaolin effectively helps to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Giving formulas a higher absorbency at the same time as bulking out the texture, it’s brilliant for purifying and soothing complexions, controlling oil and cleaning out pores.
Who should use kaolin beauty products?
Kaolin is a go-to ingredient for those who have combination, oily and acne-prone skin, as it does a great job at controlling shine and drawing out the nasties from deep within your skin.
What beauty products can you find kaolin in?
Kaolin is an active ingredient often found in thick, paste-like skin care products such as charcoal face masks and cleansers. It’s often used in makeup too, so don’t be surprised if you see it listed in your favourite matte eyeshadows and foundations.
How often should I be using kaolin beauty products?
Kaolin is mainly found in clay masks and they’re perfect to include in your weekly skin care routine. If you have normal to dry skin we recommend you stick to the once-a-week rule. However, oily skin types can benefit from a quick kaolin-based pamper two to three times a week.
Are there any side effects of kaolin beauty products?
Kaolin clay generally has very few side effects when used externally, although it can be quite drying if you already have dry skin.
If you’re using kaolin to aid you with digestion, though, it’s important to be wary. Long exposure to this substance can spur on constipation, lung problems and inability to extract minerals from food.
Can I use kaolin clay on my hair?
Good news: you can! Kaolin clay is just as good at absorbing excess oil from your scalp as it is from your face. You can use it as a dry shampoo, or look out for hair products that use it as an infusion.
Where can I find the best kaolin-infused skin care products?
If you’re new to the kaolin clay game then we’ve got you covered. Look out for brands such as La Roche-Posay, Murad or Yes To as they provide top-class kaolin-infused products that are sure to give you a deep clean.
Written by Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor