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homemade clay facial maskClay masks can be mixed up and stored in the bathroom for a weekly facial treatment, or given as personalized homemade gifts. There are many beautiful kinds of clay to choose from that vary in color and properties. The naturally occurring colors indicate different minerals. There are mild, medium, and strong or astringent clay types. Respectively, they are for sensitive, normal, and oily skin types. Mix up your own creation using the info below or following one of the recipes.

Clay types:

Kaolin Clay (pronounced kaylin)

Comes in natural white, pink, yellow and red colors, although white is the most common and easiest to obtain. These all-purpose clays won’t draw oils from face, so they have mild, cleansing, exfoliating, and circulating properties. White is the most gentle followed by yellow then pink and red becoming slightly more astringent.

Red Moroccan and Yellow Clay

They are stronger and more oil absorbing than kaolin clay but suitable for normal or oily skin types.

French Green Clay and Sea Clay

Green clays are very strong, stringent, and best for oily skin. They both contain many beneficial minerals.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is commonly used internally in cleansing/fasting programs by absorbing toxins, aiding in elimination, and supplying minerals. Some resources say that this is a mild clay good for sensitive skins, whereas other say is it more drying and best for oily skins, so it is best to experiment and see for yourself.

Clay Mask Additions:

  • Yogurt, buttermilk, and milk powders
  • Ground rolled oats
  • Cocoa or carob powder (unsweetened)
  • Honey powder
  • Herbs: finely ground marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, green tea, peppermint, chamomile, rosemary, lavender, calendula, nettles, rose petals, etc.
  • Essential oils: use mild non-synthetic oils like lavender, chamomile, rose, orange, etc. (NOT strong oils like tea tree or eucalyptus)
  • Exfoliants: rice bran, finely ground almonds, poppyseeds, etc.

 

Basic Clay Mask Recipe:

Makes enough for 10 treatments

¼ C. clay of choice (suited for your skin type)
1-2 Tb. milk powders, ground oats, and/or cocoa powder (optional)
1 Tb. total other additions/herbs (optional)(these should be dried and ground fine)
4 drops essential oil (optional)

To Apply:

Makes enough for 1 facial mask

2 tsp. clay mask mix
2 tsp. water or other liquid (milk, aloe vera juice, herbal tea)

Directions:

Mix the dry mask formula and liquid to reach the desired consistency. Pull your hair back and apply evenly to your face. Let it dry for 5 minutes for sensitive skin up to 15 minutes for oily skin. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Apply a homemade moisturizer.

Clay Mask Recipes

Go Green Mask

This is a mask made out of mostly green ingredients especially good for oily skin and/or blackheads. The milk powder gives it an added soothing element. Peppermint gives it the fresh “green” feel.

2 Tb. French green clay
2 Tb. sea clay
2 Tb. yogurt powder (or milk or buttermilk powder)
1 Tb. green tea powder
1 tsp. each ground peppermint and nettles

Directions:

Mix and store in a covered jar or bag in your bathroom. To apply, mix 2 teaspoons with and equal amount of water or other liquid (milk, herb tea, or aloe vera juice). Spread evenly over your face. Leave on for about 10 minutes. Gently remove with warm water and a washcloth. Apply a homemade moisturizer.

Gentle Oatmeal Mask

This is a great soothing mask for sensitive skin types.

¼ C. white kaolin clay
2 Tb. ground rolled oats
1 Tb. yogurt powder (or milk or buttermilk powder) (optional)
1 Tb. marshmallow root powder (optional)
2 tsp. honey powder (optional)

Directions:

Mix and store in a covered jar or bag in your bathroom. To apply, mix 2 teaspoons with and equal amount of water or other liquid (milk, herb tea, or aloe vera juice). Spread evenly over your face. Leave on for about 10 minutes. Gently remove with warm water and a washcloth. Apply a homemade moisturizer.

Tips:

  • See our affiliates for suppliers that carry clay and other mask ingredients.
  • If you want a basic all-purpose clay to give as gifts, get white kaolin as it is the most suitable for all skin types.
  • You can get herbs to add to your clay mask from the bulk section of natural food and herb stores. However, you can simply cup open an herbal tea bag like chamomile, mint, or green tea.
  • Left over clay powder can be added to homemade soaps and even used in certain cleaning applications.
  • Clay masks are best stored dry, but you could mix up a small amount with water and keep it in a sealed container so long as it does not contain milk or dairy powders or foods (like oats or almonds) that will make it perishable.

 

 

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