Diatomaceous Earth Powder
Description: Diatomaceous earth is composed mainly of amorphous silica derived from fossilized phytoplankton. Diatoms absorb minerals and elements from water which they use to build their shells. As they die they drop to the bottom of the waterways and form sedimentary deposits. It is widely used in powder cosmetics like facial masks, scrubs and cleansing powders. Its ability to adsorb oils, dirt, bacteria and other skin debris makes it an ideal base for cleansing powders.
For cosmetics, it can be used as an anti-caking agent and is also highly absorbent. In Color cosmetics, it is considered an opacifying agent so can be used to hides or lighten the appearance of blemishes. It is a rich source of Silica, which is required from the body for collagen formation. It also contains numerous other minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium and phosphorous providing a mineral boost to the skin.
Alternative Names: Silicon Dioxide, Diatomite, Kieselguhr
- It is extremely cleansing and anti-oxidant
- It is high in organic silica, which protects you from the sun’s damaging UV rays and works as a natural sunscreen
- It's well-known for being used in micro-exfoliating scrubs to give powerful and uniform exfoliation
- It is also used in face masks to exfoliate dead skin cells and excess oil
Use: Creams, lotions, facial cleansers, hair care (anti-flaking shampoos, conditioners & styling products), body powders, deodorants sticks, depilatories, make-up, shaving creams.
Applications: Incorporate the desired amount of clay into your formula. Common amounts are 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon per pound of base. For making a face mask, the common amount of use is 50-75%. Test your final product to ensure optimal performance.
INCI: Solum Diatomeae