Nothing says "relaxing spa day" like a deep cleansing facial mask, especially in the comfort of home. Natural clays are bursting with nourishing minerals and antibacterial properties. Clay masks also encourage blood flow to the skin and remove the old layer of dead skin cells, leaving behind soft, deeply cleansed and hydrated skin. Whether you have dry patches, are acne-prone or tend to get oily all too easily, you can customize a clay mask for your skin needs.
Clays come from all over the world and deliver different benefits, so you can choose the right one and customize your perfect at-home mask.
- Opt for kaolin clay powder if you have sensitive skin. The clay is extremely mild, yet effective at cleaning and soothing irritable complexions.
- Invest in a green or red clay powder if you have oily or acne-prone skin that needs a brightening lift. Both of these will tone skin, brighten dull areas and hydrate without leaving behind oil.
- Opt for bentonite clay powder for an all-purpose mask that is suitable on nearly any complexion type. This clay is often used in commercial skin care products, and leaves skin soft and smooth.
Once you know which clay works for your skin, you can whip up a quick, soothing facial in minutes. For a basic clay mask, simply mix together a couple tablespoons of clay powder with just enough water to make a spreadable paste. You can also try out one of these variations:
- Add a teaspoon of honey if you want a boost of soothing antibacterial action suited to acne-prone skin.
- Swap out 1 tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to tone oily skin.
- If you have sensitive skin, steep some chamomile tea and let it cool. Replace the water in the basic clay mask recipe with the tea infusion.
- If you need extra hydration for dry or sensitive skin, mix together a couple tablespoons of clay powder with 1/4 cup plain, full fat yogurt. The lactic acid in yogurt is a natural cleanser that gently exfoliates and plumps up skin.
You can also add a soothing signature scent to your mask with a drop or two of lavender oil.
Apply your freshly mixed mask with your fingers, smoothing it over your face and neck. Avoid the eyes and lips, and try to apply an thin, even layer that doesn't feel thick or gloppy.
Leave the mask in place for about 10 minutes to work its magic. Once you notice the mask start to lighten in color and get slightly dry on the very top, rinse it off with warm water and a soft washcloth.
- Don't wear the mask until it hardens and cracks, which often irritates skin and leaves it feeling dry. Instead, let the mask dry up slightly and then gently rinse it all away.
- The immediate brightening effect of this homemade clay mask might make you crave one every single day. However, these masks work best once every week or two.