Face Mask Recipe — How to Make Your Own Clay Mask

Posted by on May 15, 2011

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With just two ingredients you might not think you need a recipe to make a clay mask beauty treatment, but there’s plenty you can learn about clay. In this article from "EcoBeauty," Lauren and Janice Cox explain the different types of clays available, which will definitely help when shopping for the clay mask you want to make. 

Natural Clay Mask 
Clay masks are one of the greatest beauty secrets. Many of the expensive masks you see in department stores are simply variations on a basic clay mask. Because clay extracts impurities from your pores, it will help you maintain clean and clear skin. 

My personal favorite is French green clay, but I encourage you to experiment with other clays to find your own personal favorite.

2 tablespoons natural clay powder 
1 to 2 tablespoons distilled water 

Stir the clay and water together until you have a smooth paste. To use, after cleansing, spread the entire mixture on your face and neck, avoiding the delicate areas around your eyes and mouth. 

Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, until dry. Rinse well with warm water followed by cool water, then pat your skin dry. Yield: 1 ounce 

Shopping Tip
Clay — There are many natural clays on the market today. Some are sold in bulk, and others come in bags or jars. They all basically work the same way, providing deep cleansing by drawing out impurities from your pores. 

Here are a few of the more common clays you'll find. You may have to shop at a natural food store to score some of these types. 
Fuller's earth: A fine gray clay that comes from algae in seabeds and river bottoms. 
Kaolin or white China clay: A fine white powder that's abundant across the globe but was named from Kaolin (or Gaoling, meaning "high hill") in China. 
French green clay: A fine, pale green clay from Southern France
Bentonite: A white volcanic clay that's especially abundant in the western United States
Rhassoul mud: A red clay from the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa

Lead Photo: Thinkstock

Beauty mask treatment
Reprinted with permission from "EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends" by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox, Ten Speed Press.

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