Clay masks: What are they? Why are they so popular and how to use them? Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti

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Fuller’s Earth Clay:

clay - Multani MittiAlso known as Multani Mitti. It is thought to have originated in Multan, Pakistan. The name means “mud from Multan”. It contains the minerals magnesium, quarts, silica, iron, calcium, calcite and dolomite. It is formed when volcanic ash decomposes over time.

How does it work? 

Like other clays, Fuller’s earth has a negative charge that attracts positively charged impurities and toxins. It also becomes porous and absorbent when mixed with fluids.

What does Fuller’s Earth Do?

  • It exfoliates dead skin cells away
  • Treats Acne and blemishes
  • Unclogs pores
  • Provides the skin with minerals
  • Fades scars and pigmentation
  • Evens out the complexion
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Treats dandruff
  • Absorbs oil

How to use it:

  1. Absorbs Oil: Fuller’s earth absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores:
    • Mix 1 teaspoon fuller’s earth, 2 teaspoons rose water and 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder with a little water if needed until it forms a paste. Apply it to your skin and leave it on until almost dry. Rinse off with warm water. Can be used daily.
  2. Scars and Pigmentation: Fuller’s earth reduces the appearance of scars because of it’s mild bleaching properties.
    • Combine 1/2 teaspoon Fuller’s Earth, 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Apply to your skin in gentle circular motions. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

      Don’t feel like making your own?

  3. Evens Out Complexion: Fuller’s Earth will attract and absorb impurities so they can be washed away, reducing inflammation and blotchiness.
    • Mix 1 tablespoon of Fuller’s Earth with 1 tablespoon of natural yoghurt. Apply it to your skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Treats Acne: Fuller’s earth clears out clogged pores, softens blackheads to make them easier to extract and absorbs pore blocking sebum and dead skin cells.
    • Combine 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s Earth, 2 drops tea tree oil and a tablespoon of strong green tea. Apply the mixture to your skin and leave on until almost dry. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  5. Improves Skin Elasticity: The minerals and anti-inflammatory properties of Fuller’s Earth help to fight wrinkles and restore elasticity to the skin.
    • Mix 2 tablespoons Fuller’s Earth with 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 a teaspoon glycerin and 1 egg white. Apply the mixture to damp skin and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  6. Treats Dandruff: Fuller’s earth absorbs excess oil, improves circulation, helps to kill bacteria and removes dead skin cells.
    • Combine 2 teaspoons Fuller’s Earth, a teaspoon of honey and the egg yolk from the egg you used for your elasticity mask above. Wash your hair and apply the mixture to your damp scalp. Leave it on while you shower and rinse out after 5 to 10 minutes. Condition your hair as usual.

Happy Smearing!

Lots of love!


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