How to Make a Pink Clay Face Mask

After chatting with a couple of friends about the incredible benefits of using pink clay face masks for you skin (in particular, acne, blemishes, and skin redness and blotchiness), I was inspired to go out and make my very own at home!

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I’ve heard about clay masks in the past, and have even loved making some of my own for spa days at home, but I hadn’t ever tried pink clay before, and became really keen to test it out for myself!

I’ve heard claims like, “it brightens your skin,” and what not, but I must admit I was a little sceptical about that, as I’ve tried products in the past that promised to make my skin glow, but didn’t deliver.

I strongly believe that if you want your skin to really “glow,” you’ve gotta start from the inside out. Begin by nourishing your body with healthy, nutrient-rich foods, and let your body heal and remove toxins that cause inflammation, and overtime, this can actually enhance your skin’s appearance (along with many other benefits, like feeling more energetic and vibrant), which is a much more healthy and long-term solution.

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Any who, going back to the pink clay mask. I wanted to make my own rather than go out and purchase one from say, The Body Shop, as;

  1. These products can be quite expensive, and making my own allows me to make more, for a lesser price.
  2. I know exactly what’s in the product, so no nasties sneak their way in.
  3. It’s FUN! (I absolutely love making homemade natural DIYs! It’s become a big hobby of mine).

Now, after doing a spot of research on what type of clays go better with which skin type (I found Ina’s post on her blog The Makeup Dummy to be super helpful in this area), I discovered that:

Bentonite Clay

– Is best used for normal, oily and acne-prone skin.

This clay is well-known for it’s ability to draw out and absorb toxins in the body. That makes this clay a wonderful choice for oily skin types or to use on an oily T-zone.

White (Kaolin) Clay

– Great for mature, sensitive and dry skin types.

White clay (or kaolin clay) is known for being one of the more gentle clays available. it gently purifies the skin by drawing out impurities from your pores.

Fuller’s Earth

– Helpful for oily and acne-prone skin.

This clay is a deep cleansing clay. The absorbing properties of this clay can benefit oily skin types.

Moroccan Lava Clay (Rhassoul/Ghassoul Clay)

– This clay is great for most skin types, including acne-prone skin.

Rhassoul clay is great for cleansing and exfoliating. It’s very effective at drawing out oils and impurities from the skin.

Pink Clay

– Wonderful for dry and sensitive skin types.

This clay is another gentle clay for the skin, making it a good choice for those with skin that’s dry and sensitive.

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Why Use a Clay Mask?

A clay mask helps to absorb excess oils from your face. Your skin feels incredibly soft and smooth after you take the mask off, and what’s more, shine-free! An added benefit of removing the excess oils is it can help reduce breakouts.

They make wonderful exfoliators because of their gritty texture. However, don’t go scrubbing your face too harshly. When you’re applying the mask onto your face it’s already doing the scrubbing for you.

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DIY Pink Clay Mask Recipe

Choosing a Liquid

This will be the base for your face mask.


Water is one of the easiest choices as you can simply collect some from your tap to add to the recipe (I recommend filtered water though as it’s purer) to make the clay paste.

Flower Water

Also known as hydrosols or hydrolats, it’s a natural byproduct from the distillation of essential oils. Some of the best-known flower waters to use include rose water, lavender water and witch hazel.

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Making a herbal tea and using that can give similar effects. Make a strong cup of chamomile tea for instance, then scoop out 1 tablespoon and let it cool to room temperature. Use this cool tea as the base for your face mask.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is a very common and popular edition to face masks, as it balances the high pH of the clay and tones the skin.

In fact, it’s often a common addition to bentonite clay masks for this reason, as bentonite clay has a slightly higher pH compared to most other clays.


Lactic acid is a common ingredient found in many skincare products. It acts as a mild exfoliator to help remove dead skin cells, and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

If you’re vegan like moi 😉, plant-based milks like coconut or almond milk can work well too. Just ensure you use pure, unsweetened milk without any additives (I love using homemade plant milks).


Raw honey is fantastic for its moisturising and antibacterial properties, so if you have acne, this can be a beneficial ingredient to include.

As a plant-based alternative, pure agave syrup works well.


Yoghurt is another great source of lactic acid.

It’s also great for turning your mask into a thick paste (particularly if you use full-fat Greek yoghurt).

For a vegan alternative, try coconut yoghurt or another plant-based yoghurt.

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Before we get started in learning how to make this awesome pink clay mask – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes and tips I share!

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Alright, let’s do this! ✊


  • 1 heaped tbsp of the clay of your choice (in this instance, I used pink clay)
  • 1 tbsp (or more) of liquid of your choice (should be the same amount of liquid to clay ratio) – I used rosehip oil this time round


  1. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of the clay of your choice into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the same amount of liquid of your choice to the bowl.
  3. Mix to combine the ingredients until it starts to look like a paste. Add more clay or liquid if needed.
  4. Use a clean makeup brush or clean, dry fingers to apply an even layer all over your face. Avoid your eye area and your lips.
  5. Let the mask sit for about 10 minutes. Depending on the ingredients you use some face masks will dry quicker than others. You don’t have to wait until the mask has dried completely. Rinse it off as soon as it starts to feel uncomfortable.
  6. Rinse your face with plenty of water. You can use a face cloth to gently remove every bit of mask from your face. Pat your face dry.
  7. Follow with a cotton pad with micellar water, flower water or a mild toner to remove every last bit of face mask. Finish by applying your favourite moisturiser.
  8. Note: Once the clay has been mixed with a liquid it will start to spoil. Only mix your face mask ingredients right before you want to use the mask. Use it all in one go and pop any leftovers in the compost.

Be sure to avoid using metal utensils when handling the ingredients for the mask.

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Final Notes

It’s important to note that a face mask or DIY beauty product (or any product for that matter) should never burn, sting or hurt.

Don’t mistake it for the fact that it’s ‘working’, it actually means your skin doesn’t like it. Rinse it off right away with plenty of water and apply aloe vera gel to the affected area to help cool the irritated skin. If irritation persists, see a doctor.

It’s a great idea to patch test a product first before using it all over, just to make sure there aren’t any adverse reactions.

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If you would like to watch a little run-through of how I make this mask, and the best way to apply it on, I give a step-by-step recount in my video below.

Did You Try This Recipe?

Let me know how it went! If you make this mask and try it out, I’d love to see on IG @simplynaturalnessa! Comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa. I love seeing your fab creations! Hope you’re having a beautiful day!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa