Whether you are in the middle of winter or summer, have dry skin or oily skin, face masks are ALWAYS a good idea. And since discovering the Homemade Beauty book by Annie Strole I am a big fan of making my own face masks. Using ingredients that are non-toxic and most of which can be found in your pantry!
Do It Yourself Face Mask for Normal/Dry Skin
Olive Oil and Honey Mask
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Honey
Stir your ingredients together until thoroughly blended. Pat mask on until it becomes tacky. (This ensures that the mask thoroughly penetrates and stimulates your skin.) Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Thoughts: I really liked this mask. It was hydrating, plumping and gentle. I didn’t even need to moisturise after rinsing this mask off. Will definitely be using this mask again!
Do It Yourself Face Mask for Mature Skin
Skin-Tightening Egg White Mask
I have used this mask before so go to my Homemade Beauty for the Face post where I give the recipe and my thoughts.
Do It Yourself Face Mask for Combo/Oily/Congested Skin
Detoxifying Clay Mask
1 cup Distilled Water
1 bag Green Tea
1/2 cup Bentonite Clay
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Boil water and steep tea bag for 2 minutes. Allow the tea to cool, and then combine it with bentonite clay and tea tree oil. Apply all over face, concentrating on congested areas. Let sit for 30 minutes, and rinse with hot water; then splash with cold water.
Thoughts: This is the first recipe from this book that I have not particularly liked. This is meant to be a one-time use only, but this made up the equivalent of about 10 or more masks. Or was I meant to slather it on 2 inches thick? But it was a complete waste of ingredients. I should have cut those amounts listed in half at least. I hate wasting things but that is effectively what I did to 7/8 of this mixture. Also, it was too dry, I needed to add extra water to make it easy to apply.
I didn’t leave it on for 30 minutes, maybe 15-20 minutes as it was starting to get a little tingly and irritating. I needed to apply moisturiser as soon as I took this mask off but I do not have excessively oily skin so this might work just fine for someone with oilier skin than me. This could be a great mask for people with oily and particularly clogged pores, you just need to halve those ingredients and only leave it on for 15 minutes.
Do It Yourself Face Mask for Dry/Sensitive Skin
Australian Pink Clay Face Mask
3-4 tablespoons Australian Pink Clay
1/4 Cup Distilled Water
1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
Mix clay and water together until thoroughly combined. If the mixture looks too runny add a teaspoon of clay or if it’s too dry add a teaspoon of water until the desired consistency is reached. Then add the coconut oil and mix well. Apply to your face using a brush. Leave on your face for 10 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water and a washcloth.
Thoughts: I think this mask is bloody brilliant because I made the recipe myself. Try as I might I could not find a recipe I liked on the internet which would suit dry skin and used pink clay, so I made up my own. I am quite pleased with the results! This clay is not as harsh as others so you get the detoxifying benefit without it stripping your skin. Plus the coconut oil is great for dry skin.
Clay Face Masks
I have only just recently started dabbling with clay masks and I am sorry that I haven’t started sooner. There are so many great benefits to be had by using clays in your face masks.
- Absorb impurities and excess oil
- Is anti-bacterial
- Oxygenates skin cells
- Unclogs and shrinks pores
- Gives you softer, smoother and glowing skin
- Regenerates skin
- Improves skin tone
With a range of different clays to choose from, there is a clay that is suitable for every skin type and each targeting different conditions.
- Bentonite Clay – Best for oily and congested skin types
- Rhassoul Clay – Best for oily/combination to congested skin types.
- Kaolin Clay (comes in many colours, each with different benefits: white, yellow, green, red and pink) – Best for dry/sensitive to normal skin types.
These are the most popular but there are many, many more clays that you can use in your skin care products.
If you are interested in Homemade Beauty by Annie Strole, I purchased it here. I have tried heaps of the recipes from this book and although the detoxifying clay mask wasn’t perfect, the recipe just needs a bit of tweaking. It has 150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes that are inexpensive, toxin-free, and easy for readers to make themselves.
Have you made your own face mask before? Have you used clay in any of your skin care products? Leave a comment below!
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