French green clay has long been used as a skin treatment due to its detoxifying properties. Authentic green clay is mined from quarries in France and contains micro molecules that can help remove dirt, oil and impurities from the skin while rejuvenating skin cells, according to MoreThanAlive.com. The clay is naturally absorbent and can be used to cleanse oily skin and to aid in the healing of acne. The clay is available at health and bulk food stores and online. It is usually available in powered form but can sometimes be found pre-mixed into a paste. The simplest recipe for a French green clay mask can also be modified by the addition of various natural ingredients.
Add water to the clay powder and mix with a non-metal utensil until the clay has taken on the consistency of a paste. Use a bowl for mixing that is not made of metal. French green clay can interact with metal.
Add one to two drops of an essential oil of your choice to the paste. Popular scents to add to enhance your home spa experience are mint, lavender or grapefruit. You can also mix oils to create your own aromatherapy scent.
Apply the mask to your face using upward hand motions, avoiding the eye area. Let mask dry for 5 to 15 minutes. If your skin is on the dry side, leave the mask on for less than 10 minutes. A slight tingling or tightening sensation is normal as the clay dries and draws impurities from the pores.
Rinse the mask off with warm water. Your skin should feel cleansed and refreshed.
If you wish, you can add additional ingredients to your French green clay mask. For normal skin, try 1 to 2 tbsp. of plain yogurt or aloe vera gel. For oily or acne-prone skin, add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice or a few drops of jojoba oil. For dry skin, add 1/4 cup of mashed avocado.
As French green clay can be drying if used too often, the mask should not be used more than once a week.