Easy Clay Face Mask Recipes for Healthy Skin

For thousands of years, primordial people have used clay for nearly everything.

Houses and bricks made from clay and mud, making pottery – it’s the mortar of civilisation.

Over the last few decades, clay has become a skin hero.

When you consider clay is free, purifying masks dotting expensive counters of many department stores are ironic.

Here at the NC, we love getting creative.

As your cleanest dirt advocate, we have hooked you up with a few recipes.

To create your very own clay face mask recipes.

Clay Face Mask Recipes

Clay masks treat many skin conditions and are great for combination, oily and acne-prone skin.

They soothe, heal, remove oil build-up, and purify and pull impurities from your pores.

The most basic uses water and clay, but you can get creative by adding herbal extracts and essential oils to target different concerns.

Clay is very absorbing and slightly keratolytic, gently exfoliating and turning over dead cells from the top layer of your skin.

Leaving your skin clear, bright and shine-free.

There are so many clays to choose from, so much so that we dedicated an entire article to the types of clay used in homemade face masks.

Time to Build Your Base

You can use the clay face mask recipe as an absorbent for mopping up excess oil on the surface of your skin, to help pull out impurities, and also as the binder within your formula.

Next, you want to add an oil which you can read all about here.

Next, depending on your skin concern, add some of your chosen hydrosols, such as rose, witch hazel or lavender.

You can fragrance with essential oils, but do a patch test first.

  1. First, pour the water or hydrosol into a bowl and add the preservative.
  2. Next, add your chosen oil.
  3. Then sprinkle the clay into the mixture, letting the bulk of it absorb naturally.
  4. Once absorbed, add the other active ingredients, such as essential oils and herbal extract and mix.
  5. Next, add the all-important preservative to prevent putting microbes all over your face.
  6. Mix everything, put your formula in a container, and you are ready.

Clay Face Mask Recipes for Oily Skin

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

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

Cleansing Face Mask

Step 1
10 ml Lavender hydrosol
40 ml Springwater
40 g Kaolin mask
10 g Fullers earth clay
One ml preservative

Step 2
Two drops of Tea tree essential oil
Two drops of Kanuka essential oil

This is a great mask if you suffer from oily skin conditions.

Tea tree and Kanuka work in synergy as antibacterial and antimicrobials, helping to slow down the over-production of oil, keeping harmful bacteria and daily shine at bay.

Soothing Mask for Acne Inflammation 

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

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

This is your face mask if you have dry, dull, dehydrated skin lacking lustre.

Rose hydrosol and pink clay are perfect for calming, sensitised skin whilst hydrating aloe vera moisturises parched skin.

Not all clay face mask recipes will turn out the same, so it is important to note that different types of clays absorb different liquid quantities.

Nourishing anti-ageing mask

Step 1
30 ml Witch Hazel Hydrosol
20 ml Springwater
40 g Kaolin

10 g Manuka honey
1.5 g Preservative

Step 2
3ml Squalane
Three Dps Manuka essential oil

Manuka honey is a skin saviour. It brings many benefits to the skin, especially if it is prone to blemishes and breakouts.

It is antimicrobial, anti-viral and antiseptic; you can read more about its healing properties here.

To conclude, The naked truth

This is not a clay mask recipe to sell; it should only be used at home because clay is a tricky ingredient to formulate and keep stable.

In a commercial setting, clay is sterilised before it is used. The clay carries the risk of introducing bacteria into a formula that makes sense, especially when you think you’re using organic material. Clay is the perfect environment for organisms and microbes to feast on.

The bottom line. Yes, clay has many benefits; avoid introducing ingredients that degrade quickly into your formula.

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

If you’re keen to learn more about the research behind clay used in skincare, this fascinating study looks at jojoba oil facial masks that effectively treat breakouts and mild acne.

103 replies on “Easy Clay Face Mask Recipes for Healthy Skin”

Hi Samantha, thanks for the great article and answers to all the questions. I’m hoping you’re still responding to questions. I’m working on a clay-based product that will require mixing the dry clay with water at the time of service, so I understand that a preservative would be needed. My question is at what point would I add the preservative? Is there a powdered (preferably natural) preservative that I could perhaps mix with batches of dry clay then store to have ready to mix with water at point of service?

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