The benefits of Multani mitti are widely known and more importantly, for its magical beauty and skincare remedies. Multani mitti is known to reduce oil content from the skin and render a healthy and radiant glow on the skin. Multani mitti is a naturally occurring clay that works wonders for skin and hair. It is especially beneficial to those who have extremely oily and acne-prone skin. Let’s get started on why you should try it out. We assure you, after reading about the Multani mitti benefits, you will definitely want to try it out. Everything you should know about Multani Mitti What is Multani Mitti? Multani mitti means ‘mud from Multan’ and is globally known as fuller’s earth. The Multani mitti is enriched with a handful of minerals and is composed of hydrous aluminum silicates or clay minerals. There are several other components in fuller’s earth, like, montmorillonite, kaolinite, and attapulgite. It also includes small amounts of other minerals like calcite, dolomite, and quartz. Fuller’s earth is also referred to as calcium bentonite in some places. Calcium bentonite is altered volcanic ash which is mainly composed of montmorillonite. The term ‘fuller’s earth’ applies to all kinds of clay materials which can decolorize oil or other liquids without any chemical treatment. The name ‘fuller earth’ is derived from the word ‘fullers’, which means, ‘textile workers.’ The textile workers or fullers used clay materials to clean or ‘full’ wool by kneading it with water into woolen fibers to absorb lanolin, oils, and other impurities as part of the finished cloth process. Since Multani mitti or fuller’s earth is a good absorbent, this compound is used for a variety of purposes nowadays in filters, for decontamination, treatment for poisoning, litter boxes, and also as a cleaning agent. In dermatology and cosmetology, Multani mitti is used as an effective cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin. Multani mitti is also recommended to get rid of acne and other skin problems. What are the several uses of Multani Mitti? Since Multani mitti or fuller’s earth is a natural component and free from any artificial chemicals, it has several benefits for the face, the skin on the limbs, and hair. Using Multani mitti as an external medicine for the skin can be beneficial in more ways than you can think. Let’s look at some of those benefits: 1. The minerals in Multani mitti act as a cleansing agent and purify the skin. It pulls out oil, dirt, and impurities from the surface of the skin as well as from the open pores which let the impurities penetrate deep into the skin. 2. Multani mitti is not technically for people with oily skin type alone. In fact, like aloe vera, it works wonders on almost every skin type, from excessively oily skin to patchy dry skin. Fuller’s earth is known to control the oil content on the skin as well as regularizing adequate oil production (which is different for different types of skin.) 3. The oil-absorbing properties in Multani mitti helps it to effectively fight against acne and help speed up the healing process by drying the blister out. 4. Multani mitti can also be used as a scrub which can remove the dead skin cells and remove blackheads as well as whiteheads from the face. Furthermore, removing excess oil and controlling the natural oil content required for your skin type, it helps in rendering a natural and healthy glow to the skin. 5. Multani mitti has power to boost blood circulation on your face and improves the quality and tone of the skin. Easy DIY Multani Mitti face packs at home Multani Mitti face pack to control oil and promote a natural radiance Face pack #1 Ingredients: 1 tbsp Multani mitti2 tsp rose water5 tbsp water Procedure: Mix the multani mitti, rose water and water thoroughly to make a smooth paste out of the ingredients. Apply a thick coat of the paste on your face and neck and rise it out with lukewarm water after 30 minutes. Face pack #2 Ingredients: 2 tbsp Multani mittiJuice of 1 ripe tomato1 tsp lemon juice Procedure: Mash a ripe tomato and extract the juice from it. Then mix this juice with the Multani mitti and the lemon juice well enough to form a fine paste. Add a tablespoon of water if the paste is too thick. Apply this on your face and neck twice a week for 30-40 minutes before washing your face with warm water. Face pack #3 Ingredients: 1 tbsp Multani mitti1 tsp sandalwood powder or paste2 tbsp water2 tsp rosewater (optional)1 tbsp milk (optional) Procedure: Mix the Multani mitti, sandalwood, and water to form a fine paste. Apply it to your face and neck generously and let it dry for 20 minutes. Once it has dried, rinse it clean with warm water. You can also substitute water with rose water and milk for better results. Apply this homemade face pack twice a week to balance your skin’s pH level, control oil, and reduce inflammations. Multani Mitti face packs for acne-prone skin Face pack #1 Ingredients: 1 tbsp Multani mitti2 tbsp aloe vera gel Procedure: Mix the two ingredients in a 1:2 ratio and apply it on clean and washed skin for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off. Repeat the same procedure twice a week for optimum results. Face pack #2 Ingredients: 2 tbsp Multani mitti2 tbsp honey2 tbsp turmeric powder Procedure: Mix the three ingredients into a thick paste and lather it on a clean face. After 15-20 minutes, rinse it with water, and pat the skin dry. Repeat this twice a week to avoid acne and pimples. Multani Mitti face packs to remove tan Ingredients: 1 tbsp Multani mitti1 tsp honey1 tsp lemon juice1 tsp tomato juice1 tsp milk Procedure: Apply the mixture on the tanned area and leave it on the skin for 15-20 minutes. Wash it with cold water to reduce tanned or darker spots. Multani Mitti face packs for dry skin Face pack #1 Ingredients: 2 tbsp Multani mitti2 tbsp yoghurt1 tbsp honey 1 tsp lemon juice Procedure: Mix the four ingredients to form a fine paste and lather it on your skin uniformly. Wash the paste clean with cold water after 20 minutes. Face pack #2 Ingredients: 2 tbsp Multani mitti1 tbsp milk1 tbsp cucumber juice Procedure: Mix the ingredients into a fine paste and apply it to the skin generously. After 15 minutes, wash it with cold water and pat your skin dry. Multani Mitti face packs to Reduce dark circles Face pack #1 Ingredients: 1 potato 2 tbsp Multani mitti Procedure: Mix a ground raw potato with Multani mitti. Apply the paste around the lower lid of your eyes and gently wash it off after 15 minutes. The starch from the potato and the oil regulatory properties of the fuller’s earth reduces dark circles. Face pack #2 Ingredients: 2 tbsp Multani Mitti2 tbsp glycerine1 tbsp almond paste Procedure: Mix all the three ingredients to form a paste and apply it around the lower lid of your eyes. Let the mixture dry for about 15 minutes and then moisten it gently with water before wiping it clean. Myths about Multani Mitti Myth: Multani Mitti face packs can be used daily. Fact: Do not use Multani mitti for face daily for it can rip your face off the essential natural oil which is beneficial for your skin. Even if your skin is excessively oily, do not use it more than twice a week, for it can make your skin excessively dry which might lead to breakage or damaged skin.