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Clay for face masks : Homemade Recipe For Every Skin Type

Clay masks are the perfect formula for keeping your skin healthy.

They have been dried and ionised by the sun.

They are incredibly beneficial and have many wonderful properties

And can help several skin conditions.

Homemade Face Masks

Below are some different clays you can use in homemade face masks.

Bentonite clay

This clay is also called “Montmorillonite” after the town in France where it was first discovered. It is of volcanic origin and is rich in magnesium.

Bentonite is a great clay for homemade face masks; it is excellent and has powerful healing and drawing action upon the skin.

Bentonite is unique in its structure; once it becomes hydrated, its electrical and molecular components change and produce electrical charges.

This causes it to swell and become like a porous, open sponge; this structure allows it to soak up bacteria and debris from the follicle wall through electrical attraction.

French pink clay

This is a lovely ingredient for sensitive skin, which you can use in your homemade face masks; it is a mixture of white and red clay and is extremely mild and calming, helping to soothe skin irritation.

French clay is an unusual and unique composition, including calcite, iron, illite, and montmorillonite.

Red clay

This clay is excellent for normal skin and is high in essential minerals and iron, which means it is perfect as a regenerative, replenishing product.

Yellow clay

This gently exfoliating and stimulating clay is ideal for oily-combination skin due to its gentle drawing action.

Green clay

This is often referred to as “French” Green Clay because, initially, it was only sourced in France. Today, it can be sourced from all over the world.


Green clay is a very popular clay to use in your homemade face masks, and for a good reason – it is extremely rich in the following minerals:

  • magnesium
  • phosphorous
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • silica
  • manganese
  • copper
  • silicon
  • selenium

It is an excellent clay for oily skin.

If you want to create homemade face masks for acne, this is a great ingredient; you will need to watch quantities, though, as too much of this potent ingredient can harm your skin and may be too astringent, possibly irritating.

White clay

This is often referred to as Kaolin; it is another clay that is mineral-rich as it contains calcium, silica, magnesium, and zinc; it is excellent and has both drying and disinfectant qualities, as well as natural absorbent properties, making it great for oily, acne skin.

It is also a very mild clay and is used in many cosmetic preparations, from masks to deodorants, soaps, and scrubs.

Fuller’s earth

This is a naturally-occurring clay made from magnesia, silica, iron oxides, lime, and water. It is one of the most potent, powerful clays, drawing impurities from the skin’s pores.

It is unique because it bleaches the skin, which is why it is sometimes marketed as skin-bleaching clay.

You may find this helpful article if you want to learn more about homemade face masks.

11 replies on “Clay for face masks : Homemade Recipe For Every Skin Type”

I am looking to make my own homemade face masks to sell in my beauty business, however after testing my first mask (using kaolin, white chocolate, pistachios, water and essential oils) i very quickly realized that the mixture did not last long at all. I’m am very grateful to have come across your blogs and have learnt a great deal from reading so thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us! As I would like to make masks for clients to take home and reuse would you suggest i purchase a preservative for the clay (if so how long would they last) or do you suggest I make my masks with a different formula?? I would like to include dried fruits and more organic ingredients but not entirely sure what to add. Would really appreciate the help. Thank you in advance, Courtney.

Hi. Thank you for such a detailed article. In Morocco we use Rhassoul clay which I think comes in red white and green types.

As well as face masks it is also used as a natural shampoo/hair cleanser.


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