Know Your Ingredients: Kaolin

by beautifulwithbrains

What it is
Kaolin is a naturally occurring mineral based on silicate.

What it does
Kaolin is very used in cosmetics for its oil absorbing properties.
Kaolin is also a thickener. It is used in lipglosses, for instance, to prevent them from dribbling down your face when you apply them.
It also keeps powder based formulas from caking.

Side effects
Kaolin is pretty mild but it can dry out your skin.

(Source: The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics)

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Ahleessa March 7, 2009 - 10:26 pm

I never heard of this chemical before. I realized you have a great blog when I want to find out what the chemical does… hehe~ 🙂

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beautifulwithbrains March 8, 2009 - 11:45 am

Thanks sweety 🙂 I’m glad you find these posts useful.

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Dao March 8, 2009 - 6:20 pm

Kaolin clay can be used as a face mask 🙂 It’s the best thing for oily skin and I use a kaolin clay-base powder as a primer. It works very well for me.

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beautifulwithbrains March 9, 2009 - 10:11 am

I’m glad it works so well for you. Kaolin clay is really beneficial for oily skin as it contains substances like magnesium and silica, which have oil absorbing properties.

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