Among the wide array of skin issues, the problem of perpetual dry skin is perhaps the most difficult to deal with. No matter what you do, it just doesn’t go away. Sure, there are tons of commercial products out there in the beauty market and they may work for a lot of people. But, are they bound to work for you? There’s no way of finding out unless you spend hard-earned money to invest in things that could potentially tank completely. A good alternative may be to find at-home DIY remedies that work 100% without breaking the bank.
Throughout the Indian sub-continent, grandmothers, nannies, and aunties alike have one common ingredient they love to use and suggest to anyone who complains of having dryness, i.e., Multani Mitti. If you’re confused wondering how something which refers to ‘soil’ could be good for your skin, keep on reading!
Those that are familiar with this ingredient know that for the longest time, the usage of Multani Mitti has been associated with oily skin, acne, inflammation, etc. Its usability for the woes of a dry-skinned person is rarely explored but research and desi grandmom stories present promising results.
What is Multani Mitti?
Multani Mitti, often known as ‘Fuller’s Earth’ or the ‘Clay/Soil of Multan’ is a type of multipurpose clay material used in a variety of ways such as special effects prop for movies, a cleaning agent in traditional Indian households (because of its high absorbability and ability to effectively clean dust, impurities, and stains), cosmetology, and dermatology (the same properties which make Multani Mitti an effective cleaner for fabrics and solid surfaces also prove to be effective on people in forms of skincare and haircare). Multani Mitti originated from and was named after the region of Multan, a city in Punjab state of modern-day Pakistan.
Is Multani Mitti Good for Dry Skin?
Simply put, Multani Mitti is a great solution for people dealing with dry skin. Because of its cleansing properties, it is considered to be a gentle exfoliator that does a fantastic job of removing gross build-up all the while controlling excess sebum production, naturally treating acne, and moisturizing the skin to make it glow.
If used appropriately, Multani Mitti has all the qualities to effectively manage the extremities of dry skin such as itching, flaking, eczema, rashes, etc. Hence, when mixed with the right ingredients that collectively complement its composition as well as the purpose of improving dry skin, fuller’s earth can do wonders.
7 Ways Multani Mitti Can Be Helpful when Dealing with Dry Skin
If you’re a fan of Multani Mitti already and want to know all the different ways you can use it to be helpful for your dry skin while also improving the general texture and quality of your skin, keep on reading! Here are some of our personal favorite home remedies and ways to use Multani Mitti with only two more ingredients for the perfect skincare hack: -
Multani Mitti, Milk, and Orange Peel Mask
Orange Peels are packed with Vitamin C which does all good things for your skin. They’re also great for de-tanning to reverse those days of damage where you just couldn’t bother with the SPF. Milk is a great toner and wonderful for adding a boost of glow to your face. Pairing these two ingredients with Multani mitti which absorbs impurities from the face, thus making way for moisture to seep in and be retained, becomes the perfect concoction to treat your skin.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon Multani mitti powder, 1 teaspoon orange peel powder (it’s better if the peels are washed, dried, and processed into a powder at home but store-bought powder also works), and 2 teaspoons milk of choice
Prep Time: 2 minutes (a lot more if you haven’t prepared your own orange peel powder prior)
Use Time: 20 minutes
How to Use: In a clean sterilized bowl, mix the required quantities of all your ingredients till they form a smooth paste that is slightly thin in its consistency. If it is too thick, add some water to loosen it. Using a silicone applicator or an old foundation brush apply it evenly all over a cleansed face. Let it dry completely and wash off with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry but not all the way. Follow it up with a light moisturizer on a slightly damp face.
Multani Mitti, Rose Face Water, and Cucumber Facepack
These three ingredients make for the best skincare hack for people who suffer from dry skin even during extremely hot summers. Multani mitti gently cleans sebum from the pores while rose face water packs in hydration and prevents transdermal water loss as cucumber gives a cooling effect and tightens the pores. This face pack is a win-win-win and screams hydration to the max. Here’s how to make it.
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons of peeled cucumber blended into mush, 3-4 teaspoons of Multani mitti powder, 1 teaspoon of pure rose face water
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Use Time: 30 minutes
How to Use: Peel a desi cucumber, the smaller the better. Dice it into small parts and transfer it to your food processor to make it into a pulpy juice. Separate the pulp from the juice using a mesh cloth and take 2 teaspoons (use the rest to make a healthy cucumber & spinach-based detox drink) of the obtained cucumber juice, then transfer to a clean small bowl. To this, add your Multani mitti and rose face water and mix till they form a thick paste. Using your fingers apply this face pack all over your cleansed face, going around your eyes, nostrils, and lips in an even layer. Let this rest for about 30 minutes or once it’s dry (whichever is first). Wash off with warm water and follow it up with your favorite kumkumadi serum.
Multani Mitti, Honey, and Coffee Scrub
Everyone loves a good scrub to make your skin feel renewed and smooth but scrubbing can be a mammoth task when you have dry skin. You want great exfoliation but gentle enough not to give rashes. Going commercial can be difficult in such a case, which is why this homemade scrub (which works for both the face and the limbs) made with Multani mitti (cleans grime and build up in pores), honey (soothes the skin and reduces inflammation in pores), and coffee (exfoliates dead skin and improves blood flow) can do wonders. Here’s how to make it.
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons Multani mitti powder, 3 teaspoons instant coffee grounds, 2 teaspoons honey
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Use Time: 5-10 minutes
How to Use: Mix all the ingredients in a small, clean bowl till they resemble the traditional consistency of a scrub. Apply this wherever desired (keep away from eyes) and rub in a circular motion for 5 minutes or a few more. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer on slightly damp skin and enjoy your smooth and soft skin. Repeat this once a week.
Multani Mitti, Dahi, and Chandan Spot Treatment
Spot treatments become a necessity when annoying pimples pop up in the middle of your face. They make you conscious about your appearance, are painful, and can be a nuisance when applying makeup. Spot treatments are quick and effective ways to get rid of them. However, commercially available spot treatments are not only expensive but also not suitable for people with dry skin as they tend to pull out most of the moisture in order to treat acne. For such instances, homemade gentle spot treatments can do wonders all the while being kind to your pockets. The ingredients work in harmony and are gentle on the skin. Multani mitti purifies the skin, Chandan soothes inflammation and Yogurt moisturizes the skin while also fighting bacteria. Here’s how to make this cooling, acne-fighting, and moisturizing spot treatment.
Ingredients: ½ teaspoon Multani mitti powder, ½ teaspoon Chandan or Sandalwood powder, and 1 teaspoon yogurt.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Use Time: 8 minutes
How to Use: In a small bowl, mix all your ingredients till they form a smooth paste. Using your index finger, dot this mixture on all the spots of inflammation, pimples, and acne-prone areas either on your face or the body. Wait for 8-10 minutes to let these dry completely, then wash off with lukewarm water. Do this 2-3 times a week.
Multani Mitti, Neem Oil, and Turmeric Mask
You can never have too many mask remedies, especially ones that help you in multiple ways! If you’re dealing with dry skin, you know it often appears dull and lifeless at times. How do you make it appear brighter, plumper, and moisturized without breaking the bank? Simple! By making this super-simple mask at home. Multani mitti cleanses the skin and purifies the pores, the turmeric helps to give the skin a bright appearance and an effortless glow, and the neem oil creates a barrier to prevent transdermal water loss while also fighting bad bacteria.
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons Multani mitti powder, ½ teaspoon Haldi or turmeric, powder, ½ teaspoon neem oil, and water as needed
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Use Time: 15 minutes
How to Use: Mix all your ingredients in a clean, small bowl till they reach a smooth paste-like consistency. Adjust water accordingly. Using a facial spatula, apply this mask all over your face in an even layer. Using the spatula is recommended because the turmeric may stain your hands. Let the mask dry for about 15 minutes, then wash off with room-temperature water. With a clean cotton towel, pat your skin dry until only slightly damp and apply a good amount of moisturizer, face cream, or your preferred serum. Mild staining from the turmeric is normal and usually goes away after 2-3 washes (provided you don’t add more turmeric than necessary and don’t keep the mask on for longer than suggested).
Multani Mitti, Almond, and Sugar Scrub
Here’s another scrub home remedy because you can never have too many scrubs. Exfoliating your skin is important and having options to do so is that much more essential. The beauty of this scrub rests in the fact that it is inexpensive and all the ingredients are easy to find in a traditional Indian household. When combined, these simple ingredients can do wonders. In this scrub, Multani mitti acts as a gentle exfoliator, almonds supply healthy fats, proteins, and essential vitamins to the skin, and sugar helps in removing dead skin cells from the surface of the uppermost dermal layers. Here’s how to prepare this scrub which can be used both for the face and the body.
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons Multani mitti powder, 3 teaspoons granulated sugar, 5 almonds.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Use Time: 5-10 minutes
How to Use: Soak your almonds in boiling water for 45 minutes. Then in the smallest jar of your mixer or food processor, add the almonds with 3 teaspoons of the water they were soaking in. Blend them in a fine paste till they’re completely smooth and liquid. Adjust the water if needed. Transfer all of your almond paste or “milk” into a small, clean bowl and add your sugar and Multani mitti. Mix them well till they reach an exfoliant consistency and resemble the texture of a scrub. Apply this scrub where desired and rub in a circular motion for 5 minutes or more. Pay special attention to coarse areas like the knees, elbows, heels, or texture-prone areas on the face such as the nose, the chin, the forehead temple, etc. Wash off with warm water and pat dry with a clean cloth (preferably a softer fabric). Apply moisturizer right after to prevent any moisture loss.
Multani Mitti, Potato, and Vitamin-E Face pack
Potatoes taste great in most dishes and are delicious on their own! (French fries and also paratha fans, we see you). But their wonders don’t end at delectability. They are a great source of energy-providing carbohydrates and when applied topically, can rejuvenate your skin, hydrate it, boost collagen production, and tighten pores (King of all vegetables indeed!) Who doesn’t want all that? Certainly not the people reading this blog. When paired with the goodness of Multani mitti which gently cleans the skin and vitamin-e oil which moisturizes your skin and prevents it from flaking, potatoes create this magical mask that pretty much does everything you could ever want. Here’s how to make it.
Ingredients: ½ a small potato, 1 tablespoon Multani mitti powder, 1 vitamin-e oil capsule (5ml), and water as needed
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Use Time: 15-20 minutes
How to Use: Take your halved potato and wash it to remove any dirt. Peel the skin and chop it into small parts. Transfer your diced potato to a vegetable grinder, food processor, or even your mixer, add 2 teaspoons water and blend it into a smooth-ish paste. In a small bowl, add your potato paste, Multani mitti, and empty the vitamin-E oil capsule. Mix them till they’re well-combined. Apply this face pack all over your face evenly and let it dry. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.
Benefits of Multani Mitti
If you’re still wondering just why we like Multani mitti so much, here are some of its great benefits that are sure to turn you into a fan (if you’re not only already): -
- It’s easy to find. Most grocery stores and even pharmacies carry Multani mitti. And it certainly is available online so certainly not one of those ingredients that are difficult to procure.
- It’s affordable. Because of its wide availability, it is by no means an expensive ingredient. Because of its low prices, people from any socio-economic background can afford it to care for their skin.
- It’s versatile. Time and again, we’ve noticed how Multani mitti works great for oily skin that is acne-prone as well as for dry skin that tends to flake off and crack a lot.
- It’s effective in managing an array of skin issues. Using any of the Multani mitti-based home remedies we’ve curated above for you, you can easily relieve your skin from irritation, itching, and redness.
- It has anti-septic applications. Indian grandmothers quite often prepare pastes that help in speeding up the process of recovery from injuries of the flesh. These pastes are called “lep” in Hindi and Multani mitti is a common ingredient in most of them.
- Even if you don’t have a particular skin condition that requires urgent care and attention, using Multani mitti in your routine once in a while can be deeply relaxing and beneficial for your skin as well as overall well-being.
- It tightens your pores. Premature aging is a total bummer that all of us want to avoid. Multani mitti helps you in preserving the youthfulness of your skin and keeping your appearance looking younger than ever.
Precautions To Take While Using Multani Mitti
While multani mitti is all that, it does require one to be a little cause during usage. Here are a few things you should keep in mind: -
- Do not consume it. Multani mitti is quite literally just mud that originates from Multan. It is not edible by any means. It probably tastes bad can make your tummy seriously upset. So just trust us and avoid eating it!
- You may find counterfeit fake versions. Because of its wide popularity and convenient availability, it is likely that you may come across a product that is not real Multani mitti but claims to be. It would be best just to avoid brands that seem shady and purchase it from a wholesaler or a general store that sells it open by measurements. If you’re not careful, you may be purchasing a random clay that is probably not safe to be put on the skin and may cause an allergic reaction or a chemical burn.
- Keep it sealed in an air-tight jar, away from moisture or sunlight. If you’re in an extremely hot region, it’s best to keep this clay refrigerated. Multani mitti is nutrient-rich and can get termites, insects, and even worms which can infect it. Not only that, as mentioned before, it is a great absorber and can go bad pretty quickly if exposed to even moderate amounts of moisture in the air.
- Do not use it without a moisturizing agent. Because of the way that Multani mitti works, it cleans your skin from within and removes all oil and dirt. If you don’t use a moisturizing substance in your application of this clay, your skin may end up even drier than when you started and that is no fun at all.