It’s pretty easy to get lost in the ingredients on the back of a face mask package. However, a good face mask doesn’t need to be chemical-y or complicated… or come in a package. Here’s a simple recipe that is tried and tested for my mixed skin (oily t-zone, dry cheeks):
1 tsp Rose kaolin clay
1 tsp Bentonite clay
Yoghurt (replace with water if you don’t have any yoghurt on hand)
¼ tsp Honey (just a touch)
- Combine clays in a small bowl. Add honey and yoghurt (or water) to desired thickness. I like mine to be more “paste-like” than “liquid-y”.
- Apply to face and allow to dry (20-30 minutes).
- Gently remove dry clay with a wet cloth.
You should always do your own research and test ingredients on your skin before experimenting.
Rose Kaolin Clay is a fine and light clay that has natural absorbency properties. When applied on skin, mixed with a little warm water, it will soak up excess oils and stale sebum on the skin and within the pores.
Bentonite Clay has a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium. It also absorbs and removes toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. Because of this, bentonite clay is a common ingredient in detox and cleansing products. Common external uses include poultices, mud packs, detox baths, and skin care recipes.
Honey is an exceptional skincare product that can treat everything from dry skin to ailments like eczema and acne. The phytonutrients and enzymes honey contains make it a nutrient-rich substance that will benefit your skin and hair.
Yoghurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, that dissolves dead skin cells. This gentle exfoliation not only helps to create a natural glow and prevent breakouts, but works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.