Having grown in the sun-baked country in the 1980’s when air conditioning was the luxury of the rich and the blessed, we would resort to easy and cheap ways to soothe our sunburned skin. Multani Mitti or Fuller’s earth was an all-in-one solution for our skin-woes, the age-old secret for radiant skin. This mineral-rich natural clay has been used in India for generations.
I fondly remember my mother making a paste of Multani Mitti for me and my sister to apply on our faces during adolescence. We would apply it as a fine paste on our faces, wait for 10 minutes for it to dry before washing off with clear water. It helped us get rid of excessive oil on our skins and also cool the skin by removing the sting of the sunburn.
Multani Mitti is an excellent cleanser and exfoliator with an amazing ability to absorb oil and provide nourishment to your skin. The rich magnesium-chloride content of Multani Mitti helps control acne, fade acne-scars and reduce skin pigmentation.
How to use Multani Mitti-
Make a fine paste of Multani Mitti by mixing it with rose water. Clean your face and apply the paste on your face. Avoid talking or making any expressions when applied. Once dry, wash it off with clear water. Pat dry your face with a clean towel. You can also add a little honey and sandalwood powder to the paste for a smoother effect.
It is not recommended to use Multani Mitti daily as it may rip the skin of its natural moisture and cause dryness. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.
Besides providing a glowing radiance to your skin, Multani Mitti also adds sheen to your hair. Make a paste of Multani Mitti and Reetha powder in water. Let it sit for an hour. Apply it to your hair and leave for another 30 minutes. Rinse it off under clean water to get straight and shiny hair.
How to store
Multani Mitti can be stored in the powdered form or as a whole. Store it in a clean container in cool and dry conditions for 1-2 years. It normally does not have any specified shelf life.
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