What is Fuller’s earth after all? Is it really beneficial for all types of skin? Such intriguing questions strike every mind, and further lead to an array of unanswered queries. Also widely known as Multani Mitti, or Multani Soil in South East Asia, this is aluminium magnesium silicate clay formed from decaying volcanic ash. As the name suggests, this was used by the British for cleansing, or “fulling” sheep wool after the sheering process. No wonder, Multani Mitti became popularly known as Fuller’s Earth. Also, the British textile workers used it for bleaching wool.
Found extensively in Multan province of Pakistan, multani soil, or fuller’s earth has amazing properties. The widely acclaimed beautiful Indian women of the Middle Ages considered this natural gift of earth as an essential item of their beauty kits. Since then, fuller’s earth has been popular in solving skin issues, and for attaining blemish-free skin. Even today, when the beauty stores are replete with branded products, ladies come looking for multani soil packs. Why is it so?
Researchers state that fuller’s earth absorbs sweat, dirt, and other impurities from our skin. Also, it nourishes sagging skin, and exfoliates, thereby making our skin soft and supple. So, ladies! Make it a part of your regular beauty regime, in order to attain radiance and glow!
Benefits of fuller’s earth:
- It removes acne and pimples, thereby makeing our skin blemish-free.
- By removing excess oil, sebum, dirt and sweat, it acts as an excellent cleansing agent.
- It treats sun burns, dark spots and pigments, eventually making the skin fairer than before.
- Also, it fights against skin rashes and infections.
- Fuller’s earth improves blood circulation, and adds glow to our skin.
- Its anti-septic properties prevent numerous skin infections.
- It removes the ugly blackheads, and white heads formed due to excess oil secretion.
- Besides, it darkens, and thickens the existing hair.
- People use it to cure bug bites.
- It cools the skin wherever we apply.
How to use fuller’s earth as a face pack:
- You can apply fuller’s earth on your face by adding some luke warm water to it.
- In case, you wish to see special effects, then add a few ingredients to it like honey, and a few drops of milk. Mix all of them in a small bowl, and apply the paste on the affected parts of your skin. Keep the pack for some time till it dries up. The results are awesome!
- Use it as a scrub along with sandalwood powder, and orange peel to exfoliate your skin.
- Add almond oil, honey, and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the fuller’s earth in a bowl. Apply the paste on your skin. Allow it to dry for some time. Wash it. See the glowing results!
- You can get rid of dark circles by applying a mixture of fuller’s earth, grated potato, and milk cream over the eyes. See the amazing results within a few days!
- Use fuller’s earth with milk for dry skin. In case, you have oily skin, then mix it with curd. People with normal skin should use cucumber juice with the clay.
Does it have side effects: Avoid using fuller’s earth if you have extremely dry and sensitive skin. You would end up with blisters instead of blemish-free skin. Mix it with almond oil before use. Sometimes, fuller’s earth pack results in respiratory disorders, especially when people apply it over their tanned chests. Leaving it for a long time causes breathing problems, since it has cooling effect.
Is it advisable to use it on regular basis:
The Taj Mahal, India’s iconic monument receives multani mud-pack treatment for the removal of yellow stains, and grime caused due to pollution. This is done to restore its color and sheen. Researchers, however, are apprehensive about its long term implications, since it would eventually corrode, and bleach the marble walls of the mausoleum.
Likewise, here is a note of caution for you! Some people think that applying fuller’s earth daily would lend extra fairness to their skin. This is a misconception, since regular use of multani mitti pack causes wrinkles, dryness and itching. Skin experts advise us to use it only twice a month.