New Zealand Kaolin, also known as halloysite clay, is nearly white in color, with fine particles that dissolve well in water, making it well suited for cosmetic purposes.
Kaolin benefits for skin
Kaolin is gentle on skin, and it both exfoliates and cleanses by lifting away dead surface cells, then drawing out toxins deep within pores without drying skin or stripping away essential oils.
It also helps support healthy circulation, drawing blood and oxygen to the surface of your skin, so more nutrients are made available to skin cells.
Kaolin from New Zealand offers a uniquely high mineral content that helps purify and clarify skin’s complexion while working to restore a natural pH balance.
The two most abundant minerals in kaolin work in different ways. Silica helps to support the connective tissues between skin cells, helping to reduce sagging, while aluminum oxide remains on the skin’s surface, helping to draw out toxins, leaving skin cleaner, more radiant and more refreshed.
Uses of Kaolin
Because of its pristine white color, kaolin clay is often used for sculpture, although New Zealand’s halloysite is much brighter, resulting in whiter sculpture and pottery.
In the 7th and 8th century China, where the clay was originally discovered, kaolin was used as the base for porcelain, and it is still used to craft the valuable tableware.
Today, though, kaolin is most often used in the paper industry, and is used as a coating to give paper a brighter, glossy appearance and a smoother texture.
Source and sustainability of Kaolin
Kaolin deposits are found throughout the world, in China, southeast United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
In New Zealand, kaolin is mined at the foothills of the Southern Alps, and is derived from the alteration of volcanic rocks, making it a sustainable product that can be harvested with little environmental impact.
But the small environmental footprint of kaolin extends far beyond harvest.
Kaolin’s role in the paper industry is especially important, because it helps reduce the number of trees required to produce a roll of paper, protecting the environment by saving more trees.
Reviews and testimonials
Kaolin is used in the Xtend-Life formula for its Age Defying Cleansing Mask (Men’s and Women’s).
Because kaolin effectively draws out impurities, the mask is an excellent addition to any skin care regimen, since it can catch any dirt or toxins that daily cleansing might miss.
“I love this cleansing mask. [It] glides on very easily! Feels like the masks used at expensive spas!”