When you think of a facial mask, does a clay mask come to mind? A clay face mask recipe is the one associated with facial masks and facial care in general. The reason is that it presents one of the best natural ingredients that a face can use.
When applied on the face, the clay binds itself to the impurities and the dirt on the skin and deep in the pores. Other ingredients that get added, such as lemon, act as astringents and cleansing agents. Essential oils are also a major ingredient in clay masks.
Knowing your skin type is the first step in preparation of these recipes. Once you know which one it is, different clays are used:
Kaolin is used for normal skin and acts as an astringent, detoxifier and cleanser.
Green clay suits all skin types but sensitive skin type. It is rich in minerals, and is a strong antiseptic. It balances and cleanses.
Fullers earth is great for normal skin. It cleanses and stimulates.
Tip: Buying bulk is usually cheaper than buying individually wrapped one time use packages
First of all, you need to prepare a basic mass that will get combined with other ingredients.
The Clay Base:
2 oz Green Clay
3 tsp. Cornflower
Mix together and keep in a jar ready to combine into one of the formulas below. Smooth the paste on the skin, leave on for fifteen minutes and rinse off with warm water, then pat face dry.
Normal Skin Mask
Mix the ingredients and add a drop of rose or geranium essential oil. Apply it on the face, and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
Dry Skin Clay Mask
Mix the ingredients and add 1 drop of rose geranium or chamomile oil. The rest of the preparation is the same as the Normal skin clay mask.
Oily skin clay mask
Add a drop of rosemary or lavender oil. The rest of the preparation is the same as above.
Here's a mask sent to us by our reader Ruth that targets oily skin.
Oily skin, or just part of it?, I make a paste with kaolin and rose water just to moist the kaolin. Apply as a mask, soon the rosewater will evaporate, and the oils will be absorb by the kaolin.You will see how the clay is doing the work, cleaning pores, they are a darker litte spots. I use the white one, the only I can buy here cosmetic grade.
The next mask is courtesy of www.natural-skin-care-info.com.
Lemon Face Mask
The lemon astringent exfoliant properties make it a natural choice for oily skin.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Then apply your moisturizer and do not forget the sunscreen.If you are in a hurry just use lemon juice and water in equal parts and then let dry. Wash off with cool water.
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