• Oily skin
  • Undecided, combination skin
  • Prone to breakouts

Then clay face masks maybe your new best friend.

Clay contains a number of potent minerals, vitamins and active substances, that have a drawing effect on the skin.

They help to absorb that daily shine and clean out the follicular wall, unplugging blocked pores.

FACE MASK RECIPES

Getting Started

  1. First pour the water into a bowl and add the preservative.
  2. Next sprinkle the clay into the mixture letting the bulk of it absorb naturally.
  3. Once the clay has absorbed, add the other active ingredients such as hydrosols, essential oils, herbs and Preservatives.
  4. Mix everything together and put your formulas in a container and you are good to go.

The following recipes for clay masks, are based on simple clay and water formulas, to which you can add your active ingredients.

Before you begin I recommend reading the article homemade face masks, which will familiarise you with the types of clay used in a face mask.

DRAWING FACE MASK 

Step 1
10ml Witch hazel
50g French green clay
30ml Spring water
1 ml Preservative

Step 2
4ml D Panthenol
2 Drops Rosemary
2 drops Lemon myrtle essential oil

CLEANSING FACE MASK

Step 1
10 ml Lavender hydrosol
40 ml Spring water
40 g Kaolin mask
10g Fullers earth clay
1 ml Preservative

Step 2
2 drops Tea tree essential oil
2 drops Lemon myrtle essential oil

This is a great mask for someone suffering with oily skin conditions.

Tea tree and lemon myrtle work together in synergy, helping to slow down the over production of oil in the sebaceous glands, keeping that oily shine at bay.

NOURISHING FACE MASK

Step 1
30ml Rose Hydrosol
20ml Spring water
50g Pink clay
1.5 ml Preservative

Step 2
3ml Apricot kernel oil
3 drops Geranium essential oil
1 Tbsp Aloe vera concentrate

If you have dry dull, dehydrated skin that lacks lustre, then this is the face mask for you.

Rose hydrosol and pink clay is perfect for helping to calm a sensitised skin, whilst hydrating Aloe Vera, gets to work moisturising parched skin.

Not all homemade face masks are going to turn out the same, so it is important to note that different types of clays absorb different quantities of liquids.

THE NAKED TRUTH

These masks should only be made at home for personal use, the reason I say this, is because clay is a tricky ingredient to formulate with.

In a commercial setting clay is sterilised before it is used, this is because clay carries the risk of introducing bacteria into a formula.

This makes sense, especially when you think that your using an organic material, clay is the perfect environment for organisms and microbes to banquet on.

The bottom line, yes clay does have many wonderful benefits, however avoid introducing ingredients into the formula that degrade quickly.

This will encourage dangerous microbes and fungi, that aren’t always visible to the naked eye.

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