Cosmetics and Exfoliants
Diatomaceous Earth is a Beautiful Abrasive
One of the oldest known uses is still a relevant one today: diatomaceous earth as a mild abrasive. It is particularly beneficial in many beauty products because of its silica properties that are small and friable with a high surface area. Current applications include:
Diatomaceous earth is used to make dental molds or (impressions) by dentists.
The abrasive properties help to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin.
In cosmetics, diatomaceous earth is useful for its light-diffusing properties and natural absorbency.