Multani mitti is nothing but a type of clay.
The name multani means from Multan, a region in Pakistan. This clay is said to have originated there, hence the name. Multani mitti is also called Fuller’s earth or Fuller’s Clay.
Multani mitti is formed from decomposition of volcanic ash and it contains a lot of minerals.
Apart from the use in beauty treatments, it is also used in a lot of other ways. Actors in movies use it in place of dirt. It looks the part but is safer than actual dirt. So now you know how they all look so good! All that dust and grime you see in action sequences are actually helping them look better!!
Fuller’s clay is also used for bleaching oils and other liquids, polishing marble etc.
1. Pore cleanser
This mud here can clean your pores and leave your skin feeling clean. It is a very effective pore cleanser for those who have to travel a lot battling dirt and pollution.
A simple mask made of multani mitti and rose water can do the trick. Apply it on your face and let it dry and wash it gently. Remember to avoid the area around the eyes though. This is also effective in the removal of black heads and white heads.
2. Sweat absorption
If you have sweaty feet you can use Multani mitti as a foot powder. It absorbs sweat efficiently and leaves the feet odor free. You can do that by mixing some talcum powder and Multani mitti.
3. Tones the skin
Multani mitti is also beneficial in toning the skin. Make a multani mitti face pack and apply it on the skin for getting toned skin. It also helps to close the pores. So if you are worried about enlarged pores, give the good old multani mitti a try.
4. Removes wrinkles
As you age the skin loses its elasticity and starts to sag. It also gives rise to wrinkles. You can reduce this to an extent with multani mitti.
Make a paste of egg white, curd and multani mitti. Make sure you beat the egg white well or else it will be difficult to get a smooth paste. Apply this on the face and wash it before it dries completely. If it dries completely it can stretch your skin out too much and we need to avoid that.
As this facemask has egg in it, it might not smell pleasant, but resist the temptation to scrunch your nose. Just relax and try not to move any facial muscle when this facemask is on.
5. Curbs acne
If it is acne that you are worried about, fret not. Multani mitti happens to be a forerunner when it comes to pimple remedies.
A paste of neem leaves and multani mitti can easily solve your pimple problems. Neem has anti bacterial properties and multani mitti has anti- septic properties. Together they can provide relief to even the worst cases. It helps to soothe the inflammation and help the pimple dry out faster.
6. Improves complexion
ultani mitti helps you achieve an even complexion. So get ready to say good-bye to that uneven skin tone and all those blemishes and pimple scars.
Here is what you need to do for achieving that- make a pack with multani mitti, tomato juice and turmeric. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
Another way to achieve this is by making a pack with multani mitti, cucumber juice, milk, and vitamin E oil. This works for people with dry skin too.
7. Removes pigmentation on the neck
If you have got dark patches on the neck or are experiencing blackening of the neck area, make a pack of multani mitti with some rose water, red sandalwood paste and a pinch of turmeric. It will help you see excellent results.
8. Removes tan
I am not a fan of summer; it is because I have a skin type most foreigners would love to have. I tan, really fast and it refuses to go. So after trying out a lot of products, I found one trust worthy aide. You guessed right- Multani mitti.
If you are also like me and need something effective to get rid of tan, then look no further. A pack made of multani mitti and curd will help to lighten the tan, if used regularly.
Yet another summer complaint is sunburn. Most of us are not that careful when it comes to following a proper skin care regime.
Keep in mind a proper skin care regime doesn’t mean the usage of expensive products. All you need to do is to follow the basic steps with the right products.
Using a good sunscreen when you are out in the sun is one such thing. Most of us do it but when it comes to reapplication of sunscreen during prolonged exposure to the sun is one thing we happily forget. The result- A nasty sunburn.
Fortunately Fuller’s earth can help you here too. You can use the pack mentioned above to soothe the inflamed skin. Apply it gently, do not scrub or else it will worsen the condition. Wash it off with cool water and pat dry. Apply some aloe vera gel after that.
10.Savior of oily skin
I am ‘blessed’ with an oily skin. So believe me when I tell you that this is effective.
A simple and easy face pack made with multani mitti, cucumber juice and besan. Make a fine paste using some rosewater, apply it on the face and wait till it dries completely.
Wash it off using cool water and pat dry. Spritz some rosewater using a spray bottle.
11. For dry skin
Wondering how to use multani mitti for dry skin?
Add some glycerin or vitamin E oil to make it suitable for dry skin. You can also add some milk cream to prevent your skin from drying out further.
12. Soothes skin irritations
Multani mitti is not just for beauty treatments, it is also good for curing minor skin irritations. It helps to soothe irritations and heal them.
If you have any rashes make a paste of multani mitti and apply it on the affected part. It will bring instantaneous relief. It helps to cool and soothe the inflamed skin and also fights the rash. This is effective in treating rashes caused due to insect bites, skin allergies, and reaction to make up products etc.
But keep in mind not to use fuller’s earth on open wounds.
13. Improves circulation
Multani mitti is effective in improving the circulation. After applying a facemask that has multani mitti if you feel that your skin is glowing, don’t think your eyes are fooling you. It is because of enhanced blood circulation.
All you have to do is apply any of the face packs listed here and relax while the multani mitti works its magic on your skin.
It is not just the skin; you can use multani mitti for hair too.
Multani mitti is effective in curing dandruff and other scalp related issues. Multani mitti combined with fenugreek and lemon can give good results.
Soak 3-4 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind it into a fine paste. Mix Multani mitti powder and the juice of a lemon to make a paste. Apply it on the scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.
If you find fenugreek seeds not suiting, as for some it can cause a cold, then substitute it with pure aloe vera gel.
15. Hair loss
Multani mitti is effective against hair loss too.
A hair pack made of multani mitti, a teaspoon of black pepper powder and curd needs to be applied on the hair for half an hour.
Use this treatment twice a week for best results.
16. Good cleanser for oily hair and dry hair
Soak 2-3 teaspoons of multani mitti in water and use this water to wash your hair. It will remove the excess oil without stripping it of its natural oils.
For dry hair mix some multani mitti, curd and sesame oil and leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash.
17. Good for damaged hair
If you have dull damaged hair then use some multani mitti to give it some bounce and shine.
Make a pack made of multani mitti, oil from one vitamin E capsule and curd. Apply it on the hair for 15- 20 minutes.
18. Conditions hair
Multani mitti is a good conditioner; it helps to give you the hair you have wished for. It is completely safe and doesn’t cost a bomb!
19. Promotes hair growth
Multani mitti helps to improve the circulation and thus it stimulates the hair follicles and promotes hair growth.
20. Effective body wash powder
You wouldn’t want to try any other soaps/ shower gels after you have tried this out.
Mix multani mitti, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric, powdered neem leaf, sandalwood powder. Add curd or milk to make a smooth paste apply it on the body.
Scrub in circular motion and leave it on for five to ten minutes if you have the time. If not, wash it off. Your body will feel soft and supple after that. It will also slough off the dead cells and improve the blood circulation.
21. Cools body
By now you know that multani mitti is good at absorbing. It helps to keep your body oil and dirt free. The same way it is also good at absorbing body heat.
Think of it as your personal air conditioner.
For achieving this make a paste of multani mitti with water and apply it on the soles of the feet at night.
Multani mitti cures skin injuries due to its anti-septic properties. You can apply a paste of multani mitti and water for relief.
23. No side effects
Like all things natural the side effects related to using this are nil. So you do not have to worry about trying it out on your skin. Isn’t it great?
Above are just some of the uses of fuller’s earth. Adding to the benefits it is also a great stain remover!! Is it not simply miraculous?
Now before you run of to buy a packet/ bottle of multani mitti just take a look at the precautions part too.
Precautions to be observed while using multani mitti:
This should only be used externally. Ingestion can cause kidney stones and block your intestines.
If you have dry skin, ensure that you add some oil so that you can reap the benefits without further drying your skin.
Dear girls & boys , hope this post on benefits of multani mitti for face, skin and hair helps you in fighting your beauty demons.
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Till then, stay fabulous!