DIY Clay Mask Recipes (How to Make Spa Quality Clay Masks at Home)
Learn how to make DIY clay mask recipes for a spa quality facial at home. Clay masks are easy to make and work to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Learn about the different types of clay and how to use them to create a mask for your skin type.
DIY clay masks are my favorite types of masks. They exfoliate, brighten, and absorb toxins and impurities from your skin, so they are truly an all purpose mask. They are an easy type of mask to make, and you can customize your mask to fit your skin’s needs. So as my skin changes, due to either external elements or my wild and wacky hormones, I always have the perfect skin care solution ready to be executed as a skin savior.
I’ve bought premade clay masks, but they don’t compare to DIY clay masks. Store bought masks, in my opinion, don’t work as well to absorb oil and brighten my skin. The masks I make work better, and they are a lot cheaper. I buy my clay in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. Their quality is amazing, and my ingredients last a really long time. So I can easily make a year’s worth of DIY clay masks for next to nothing when compared to the store bought versions.
The clay masks you buy at the store have preservatives in them. Since my DIY clay mask recipes are for one use only, you can skip the preservative (but be sure to discard any leftovers!). Your homemade clay mask won’t have any fillers, artificial colors or other questionable ingredients that you probably don’t want sitting on your skin. So you can trust these clay masks as part of your clean beauty regimen.
Before you can make your own DIY clay masks, however, you need to learn about the different types of clay, as well as their skin care benefits.
Types of Clay for DIY Clay Mask Recipes
Generally, you can swap the type of clay used in DIY clay mask recipes. If you find a recipe that you like with green clay but have sensitive skin, use kaolin clay instead.
French Green Clay (For Normal to Oily Skin)
French green clay, also referred to as illite clay, is excellent for oily skin or large pores. It is high in iron oxide, which gives it the green color. In addition to pulling oil from the skin and cleaning out pores, it also boosts blood circulation. You may feel some tingling while the mask is on.
You can even use French green clay to make natural deodorant for sensitive skin!
Bentonite Clay (Best for Normal, Combination, Acne-Prone or Oily Skin)
Bentonite clay is one of the more popular clays to make DIY clay mask recipes. This type of clay is inexpensive and easy to find, making it a great choice for at home mask recipes.
Bentonite clay is excellent for oily skin. It absorbs oil, dirt and grime from your skin. It is also electrically charged, so it works like a magnet to attract toxins and dirt. For this reason, it’s important that you never use metal measuring spoons or mixing spoons; always use plastic, wood, or silicone with bentonite clay.
Bentonite clay can leave your face red for a few hours, so don’t use this type of clay before work or before a date. It’s best to mix it with apple cider vinegar for a smoother mask. Water and other liquids will work, but they can create a lumpy mask.
Fuller’s Earth Clay (For Acne Prone or Oily Skin with Mild Pigmentation)
Fuller’s earth clay, like bentonite clay, is another great clay for oily skin. It’s considered the most absorbent sedimentary clay and is commonly used in skin lightening DIY clay masks. Often referred to as “facial bleach,” this clay is an excellent choice for a clay mask base for extremely oily skin.
White Kaolin Clay (For All Skin Types, Including Sensitive Skin)
Kaolin clay is white cosmetic clay, and it’s the gentlest clay. It’s great for sensitive skin, but any skin type can use it. It doesn’t absorb as much oil as do other types of clay. It is good for mild exfoliating though. Kaolin clay is good for boosting circulation, so it’s often used for skin brightening masks.
Rose Clay (For Combination Skin, Including Sensitive Skin)
Rose clay, also known as pink kaolin clay, is a type of kaolin clay that is also gentle on skin. It has a fine texture, and it’s more suited to sensitive skin. It absorbs more oil than does kaolin clay, as it’s rich in silica, so it’s a good option for normal to oily sensitive skin. And, unlike some products that work on oily skin but not sensitive skin, rose clay won’t cause irritation or redness. (The darker the clay, in this case, the more oil absorbent properties it has!)
Rhassoul Clay (For Normal or Oily Skin, Including Sensitive Skin)
Rhassoul clay isn’t a very popular clay for DIY clay face masks, but it’s wonderful for the skin and hair. It’s very high in minerals to nourish the skin. Like bentonite clay, it has a negative charge, so it’s attracted to impurities and toxins in the skin. It pulls out oil, blackheads, and sebum for clearer looking skin.
If bentonite clay is too irritating for your skin, try rhassoul clay. It doesn’t work quite as well as bentonite clay, but it is milder and may be better suited for your skin type.
Tips for Making DIY Clay Mask Recipes
What Can I Add to a Clay Mask?
Generally, a clay mask will have a type of clay and a liquid. The liquid can either be water, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, aloe, cooled brewed green or white tea or even yogurt.
You can also add more solids to the mask in addition to the clay. I really like adding matcha green tea or charcoal to the clay to create DIY face masks. You can also add ground oatmeal for sensitive skin.
Can I Do a Clay Mask Every Day?
You should use a clay mask once or twice a week. Personally, I can’t use them more than once a week or they are too drying.
However, if you do want to use them twice a week, you can apply the mask only to troubled areas and let it dry for 5 to 10 minutes instead of letting it dry completely. This gives you the benefits of the mask without over drying your skin.
Should You Let Clay Masks Dry?
You don’t always need to let your DIY clay mask dry completely on your skin. Clay can be drying, and it can be too drying for some skin types. If your face is tight or irritated after using a clay mask, then rinse after 5 to 10 minutes instead of letting it dry completely.
Do Clay Masks Get Rid of Blackheads?
Yes, some types of clay can get rid of blackheads. Clay can loosen blackheads, and some will loosen and fall out.
Should You Moisturize After a Clay Mask?
Yes, the clay can be very drying. I always follow a clay mask with a serum and an intense moisturizer. A night facial moisturizer is perfect to use after a clay mask. You can also use my hyaluronic acid serum and your favorite moisturizer after using a clay mask.
Face Mask Mixing Kit
If you make DIY clay mask recipes often, I highly recommend buying a mixing kit. This kit is inexpensive and comes with a bowl, spray bottle, measuring spoons, brush, spatula, and an empty jar.
When you find a recipe you love, combine the dry ingredients in the empty jar. Then you can place the dry ingredients in the bowl and add the liquid to make a single use mask.
Alternately, if you may also love this herbal facial kit from Mountain Rose Herbs. This invigorating and all natural facial kit is created with quality herbs, pure essential oils, fine cosmetic clays, and pure rosewater. This skin care kit is a pleasurable way to relax and refresh your skin. Plus it also makes a luxurious and fun gift idea!
DIY Clay Mask Recipes
Now that you have a basic understanding of the different types of clay and the skin care benefits of clays for clay mask recipes, here are a few of my favorite DIY clay mask recipes to get you started. Feel free to use these DIY clay mask recipes as a starting point for formulating your own clay masks. The more you experiment, the more you’ll learn about how the different ingredients work with your skin type.
- Carrot & Rosehip Seed Oil Clay Mask Recipe (with Kaolin & French Green Clay)
- Natural Rhassoul Clay Mask Recipe with Essential Oils
- Nutrient Rich Clay Mask Recipes for All Skin Types
- Anti-Aging Yogurt Face Mask Recipe (with Rose Kaolin & Bentonite Clay)
- Activated Charcoal Detox Mask Recipe with Kaolin Clay
- Agave & Dead Sea Mud Detoxifying Face Mask Recipe with Bentonite Clay
- French Green Clay Facial Mask Recipes
Also be sure to try this recipe for a DIY clay cleansing bar! These natural clay cleansing bar recipes with kaolin clay are soap free. They contain ingredients that are not only kind to skin, but also help to prevent acne!
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