On Wednesdays we wear pink.
Clay masks are great for absorbing excess oils on the skin, and can make skin feel incredibly soft and smooth afterwards, as well as shine-free! By removing these excess oils, it can help reduce breakouts.
Clay masks also make wonderful exfoliators because of their gritty texture, however, don’t go scrubbing your face too hard; when you apply the mask onto skin it’s already doing the scrubbing for you.
Now, a face mask can only do so much. If you want your skin to really “glow,” you must start from the inside out. Begin by nourishing your body with healthy, nutrient-rich foods, and allow the body time to heal and remove toxins that cause inflammation. Overtime, this can greatly enhance skin’s appearance.
A face mask or DIY beauty product (or any product for that matter) should never burn, sting or hurt.
Don’t mistake that for the idea that it’s “working”, it actually means your skin doesn’t like it. Rinse it off straight away with plenty of water and apply aloe vera gel to the affected area to help cool irritated skin. If irritation persists, see a doctor.
Patch test a product first before using it all over skin, just to ensure there aren’t any adverse reactions.
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!
DIY Pink Clay Face Mask
When making any face mask, there are a few things you’ll need:
These can be ingredients such as:
- Water. Filtered water is best.
- Flower water. The best flower waters to use are rose water, lavender water and witch hazel. A herbal tea can also give similar effects, just ensure it’s cooled to room temperature before using.
- Apple cider vinegar. Helps to balance the high pH of the clay and tones the skin.
- Honey. A wonderful moisturiser and antibacterial, and great for those with acne.
- Milk or Yoghurt. These are great sources of lactic acid which acts as a mild exfoliator, helping to remove dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. Plant-based milks and yoghurts can work well, too; like coconut milk or yoghurt. Just ensure it’s pure, unsweetened milk or yoghurt without any additives.
- Oils. Help to moisturise skin; great oils include jojoba or rosehip oil.
According to The Makeup Dummy, the best clays for certain skin types include:
– Normal, oily and acne-prone skin
This clay is known for its super absorbing capabilities. That makes this clay an excellent choice for oily skin types or to use on an oily T-zone.
French Green Clay is very similar to Bentonite Clay.
White (kaolin) clay
– Mature, sensitive and dry skin types
White clay or kaolin clay is known for being one of the more gentle clays out there. It gently purifies the skin by drawing impurities from your pores.
– Dry and sensitive skin types
Pink clay is also a gentle clay for the skin, making it a good choice for people with sensitive and dry skin.
Moroccan Lava Clay (Ghassoul/Rhassoul Clay)
– Most skin types including acne-prone skin
Rhassoul clay is a great cleansing and exfoliating clay. It’s very effective at drawing oils and impurities from your skin.
– Oily and acne-prone skin
Fuller’s Earth is a deep cleansing clay. Oily skin types can benefit from the absorbing properties of this clay.
- 3 tbsp pink clay (or clay of choice)
- 3 tbsp kaolin white clay (optional)
- 3 tbsp rosehip oil or witch hazel (or liquid of your choice)
- In a small bowl, add clay and liquid of choice.
- Mix well to combine, it should look like a paste. Add more clay or liquid if needed.
- Use a clean makeup brush or clean, dry fingers to apply an even layer all over the face. Avoid eye area and lips.
- Leave the mask to sit on skin for ten 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. Use a face cloth to gently remove every bit of mask from your skin. Pat face to dry.
- Follow up with a cotton pad with some flower water or mild toner, then apply your favourite moisturiser.
- This mask will not keep. Only mix face mask ingredients right before you want to use the mask. Pop any leftovers in the compost.
Avoid using metal utensils when handling the ingredients for the mask.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.
Have you made a face mask before? What did you use? How did it go? Share in the comments below.
Lots of love,