DIY Basic Clay Mask
Clay face masks are great for cleaning and exfoliating the skin. This recipe is for a basic clay mask, which can be easily customized for your skin type and personal preferences.
Clay face masks are great for cleaning and exfoliating the skin. This recipe is for a basic clay mask, which can be easily customized for your skin type and personal preferences. If you have very dry skin, substitute cream for the low-fat milk, or if you have mildly dry skin just use a whole milk instead. If you have oily skin you can use water instead of milk.
Adding a few drops of your favorite herbal infusion or essential oil with the milk, cream, or water can also be done to increase the benefits and fragrance. I will often add some rosemary or peppermint tea with the milk in my masks. If you choice to use an essential oil, do not do more than a couple drops, because a little goes a long way. Lavender, rosemary, peppermint, and lemongrass are my favorite additions. Just be certain to stick with ingredients that you are familiar with, or have tested for allergic reaction, before using.
1 Tablespoon of white clay
Put the white clay into a small bowl.
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Slowly pour in some milk, stirring until the mixture forms a smooth, spreadable paste. The amount needed will vary, so pour very slowly. If you are using water instead of milk, you will need less so be extra cautious. If you do add too much liquid, try adding more clay to achieve the right consistency. Adding more clay can leave you with excess material to work with. If you do end up with more mask than you need for your face; you can apply the excess mask to your neck, chest, and even hair with beneficial results.
When the paste is smooth, with no lumps, apply to the face with your fingers. You can apply to neck and neckline as well, if desired.
Let the clay dry completely, this should take between twenty to thirty minutes. I highly recommend laying down during the drying time, to eliminate drips and later clean up issues.
Rinse well with warm water. I suggest following this with your favorite moisturizer.
This clay mixture should not be stored, but mixed as you need it. It can be used one or two times a week. For dealing with minor acne outbreaks, it can also be dabbed on individual pimples, left on overnight to dry, and rinsed off in the morning.