For thousands of years, primordial people have been using clay for nearly everything.
Houses and bricks made from clay and mud, making pottery – it’s literally the mortar of civilization, excuse the pun.
Over the last few decades, clay has become something of a skin hero.
When you consider clay is free, purifying masks dotting expensive counters of many department stores is ironic.
Here at the Naked chemist, we love getting creative, and as your cleanest dirt advocate, we will hook you up with a few recipes to create your own perfect DIY clay mask.
Clay face mask recipes
- First, pour the water into a bowl and add the preservative.
- Next, sprinkle the clay into the mixture, letting the bulk of it absorb naturally.
- Once the clay has absorbed, add the other active ingredients such as hydrosols, essential oils, herbs, and preservatives.
- Mix everything together, put your formula in a container, and you are good to go.
Before you begin, you may want to read the article “Homemade face masks“, this will help you familiarise you with the types of clay used in a face mask.
Drawing the face mask for oily skin
10ml Witch hazel
50g French green clay
1 ml Preservative
4ml D Panthenol
2 Drops Rosemary
2 drops Lemon myrtle essential oil
Cleansing face mask
10 ml Lavender hydrosol
40 ml Springwater
40 g Kaolin mask
10g Fullers earth clay
1 ml Preservative
2 drops Tea tree essential oil
2 drops Manuka essential oil
This is a great mask if you are suffering from combination or oily skin conditions.
Tea tree and Manuka work in synergy as antibacterial and antimicrobials, helping to slow down the over-production of oil in the sebaceous glands, keeping bad bacteria and oily shine at bay.
Nourishing face mask
30ml Rose Hydrosol
50g Pink clay
1.5 ml Preservative
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 are perfect for calm, sensitised skin, whilst hydrating aloe vera gets to work moisturising parched skin.
Not all homemade face masks will turn out the same, so it is important to note that different types of clays absorb different liquids quantities.
These masks should only be used at home for personal use; we say this because clay is a tricky ingredient to formulate with.
In a commercial setting, clay is sterilised before it is used; because clay carries the risk of introducing bacteria into a formula that makes sense, especially when you think you’re using organic material and 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 your formula that degrades quickly. 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 is an interesting study that looks at jojoba oil facial masks that effectively treat breakouts and mild acne.