6 September 2012

DIY Clay & Honey Face Mask

Face masks are probably one of the easiest DIY beauty projects you can tackle.  This mask literally takes two minutes to mix up and it's fantastic at perking up my skin and just generally making it look brighter and healthier.  The main ingredient is green clay, which is full of minerals and is effective at drawing out dirt and toxins from the skin.  It also increases blood flow and acts as a mild exfoliant.  I add honey and essential oils to the clay to pep up the mask even more.

Product Description: Now Foods European Clay Powder is 100% pure and natural and can be mixed with water and customized to your specific skin type.  This mask will help draw out impurities from the pores and remove debris from under the skin, decreasing pore size and improving skin tone.

Price: $4.57 for 6 ounces (170 grams) from iherb




Recipe:
1 tsp green clay powder
1/2 tsp honey
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop frankincense essential oil
1 drop Young Living Purification™ essential oil blend
1-2 tsp water (depending on your desired consistency)

Everything together in a bowl
Mix all ingredients together and apply to clean, dry face.  Let sit 15-20 minutes, until dry.  Wash off and (generously) apply your favorite moisturizer. 

All mixed up


My Thoughts: I've played around with the recipe and I'm really happy with it as it stands now.  I aim to use this about once a week, and the recipe makes just the right amount for one mask.  I don't recommend mixing up a larger batch, since once you add the liquids, it will only stay fresh for a day or two.

The essential oils are ones I already use on my face semi-regularly, but you can obviously play around with them as you like.  [I do have to make my usual disclaimer here and stress that you should always ensure that any essential oils you use are high quality and pure.  A lot of essential oils are extracted using chemicals and can be diluted with other junk too, and laws are such that this does not have to be noted anywhere on labels.]

I add the honey, since, as a humectant, it draws in moisture and helps keep the clay from being to drying.  You can also add olive or other oils to moisturize even further, or change up the kind of clay to suit your skin type.  Green clay (usually montromorillonite or bentonite) is good for normal to oily skin, but is not recommended for dry skin.  I have pretty normal skin and I find it necessary to apply a good moisturizer after this mask or else my skin is left feeling tight.  Alternately, white and rose clays are supposed to be milder and might be more suitable for drier or sensitive skin types. 

The requisite green face photo

The Bottom Line: I'm really happy with this face mask recipe.  It's so quick and simple to make and it works like a dream.  If you try it out, leave a comment - I'd love to hear how it works for you!

Also, I purchased the clay from iherb, which is you're new to, you can get $5 or $10 (depending how much you spend) off your first purchase by using my referral code: ITI429.


         

10 comments:

  1. I LOVE the green face photos! I have not yet made a face mask using clay...sometimes it seems a bit drying to me, but I think the honey makes up for that. Gotta try this soon! I also love using Young Living essential oils...you can tell they're high quality oils.

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  2. @Robin
    I think the honey helps for sure. I do still find it a little drying, but as long as I moisturize afterwards, my skin is fine :)

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  3. I enjoy face masks with clay so this one seems like a great idea! Do you ever find that essential oils irritate your skin? I suppose they would be quite dilute in this recipe so perhaps they wouldn't cause an issue.

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  4. It depends on the specific oil for me. 'Hotter' oils like oregano or lemongrass I probably wouldn't put on my face unless they're diluted, but generally, I'm not overly concerned. As long as you're using pure oils, I don't personally believe that diluting them is as necessary as a lot of people stress. Of course, it depends on whatever you're comfortable with and you can always change up the amounts to suit your skin.

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  5. I've been making a clay honey mask too! I use lavender water instead of regular water and use essential oils every so often (aka when I'm not lazy). I've really been loving it.

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  6. I just got some french green clay and I was looking for some useful mask recipes, this is great! Gonna post my version on my blog ^_^

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  7. hello, i m rini from indonesia. i knew about green clay mask from internet and book. bought mine from naturallythingking.com. i love your recipe, but i improvised it a bit.
    1tsp green clay
    2tsp blend of rose, ylang ylang, lavender hydrolat( i mixed 100ml bulgarian rose, 50ml ylang ylang, 50ml lavender hydrolat in 200ml bottle ) all hydrolat is from naturallythinkingcom
    1/2 tsp alshifa honey( alshifa is a very good brand from arab, i found it very good quality)
    1drop lavender essenstial oil
    1drop ylang ylang essential oil or 1 drop tea tree essential oil( depending on my mood, when i have acne i use the tea tree instead of the ylang ylang)
    i mix all of them and i apply the mask on cleansed face. Aftet letting the mask dry for 20 minutes, i clean it with warm towel and water then spray my face again with the hydorlat above and while my face is still wet, i take a pee size of pure shea butter from loccitane on my palm and spray hydrolat over it and rub my palms together and gently press them pn my face and neck. I do this 2-3 x a week. I also apply hydrolat and pure shea butter 2x a day am, pm. My face used to be like pizza, after doing this treatment for a week, my skin got much better, and it has been 1 month now and my skin is totally clear, bright, so soft:) To all girls who have oily, acne prone skin try the recipe, i hope it will help u:) Don't be afraid applying natural products on your skin. I first though pure shea butter would make me break out so bad, but i was totally wrong, it balanced my face:) Thanks for great website:)

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    1. I'm glad it's working so well for you! Fancier skincare products are great, but I wish more people realized that scaling back to simple things like clay and shea butter can be super effective too:)

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  8. That was great! thanks for sharing this good information....very good job my friend.
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