Today is the last day in April and the last day of our DIY month. Have you enjoyed all our DIY projects? I hope they have been inspiring to you! I have certainly enjoyed making and writing about many of these things.
Just to quickly recap, this month we talked about:
- DIY Insect Repellant (Cassie)
- Whipped Spring Lotion
- Kids’ Outdoor Furniture (Sara)
- DIY Raised Bed Herb Garden (Justyn)
- Honey Oat Bread
- Kombucha Video (and free ebook!)
- DIY Pancake Mix (Danielle)
- The Perfect Diaper Bag Tutorial
- Butter Cookies
- Pineapple-Infused Face Lotion
- Rainbows and Reuse: DIY Birthday Ideas (Malissa)
- Simple Skirt Tutorial
- Refined-Sugar Free Vanilla Buttercream
- DIY Cash-System Wallet Tutorial (Debra)
- Oil Cleansing Blend
That is quite a lot of awesome DIY ideas! Several were written by all of our excellent contributing writers, too. 🙂 Make sure you click back to see the ones you missed, and don’t forget to “pin” the ones you like so you can come back to them later! We appreciate it when you share. 🙂
Clay Facial Mask
I made noises about this one on Facebook a couple weeks ago, but found myself down to the wire with no clay in hand. (It showed up on a Thursday afternoon and I’d been thinking about posting on Friday — it just wasn’t enough time.) Now I have clay and I’m eager to try it out, so I’m doing it and sharing it with you.
Bentonite clay is an excellent detoxifier, both internally and externally. (I have yet to try it internally, but I’m told you can mix 1 tsp. into an 8-oz. glass of water and drink it. This may be a good idea for those suffering from diarrhea, stomach viruses, or internal parasites.) The clay absorbs all of the “junk” in your system or on your skin and holds onto it, so that when it goes through or gets washed off, you’re left cleaner and healthier. You can also toss 1/2 c. of it in the bathtub for a nice detox bath. I did that right after making my mask. Pretty cool, no?
- 1 tbsp. clay
- 2 – 3 tbsp. water
I know — a little clay, a lot of water. But this clay absorbs so much that, trust me, you’ll need it. I originally mixed up 4 times this much (1/4 c. of clay) and I think it would have been enough for six people. Start with the tiny amount because it makes a lot.
Measure out your clay (remember, less than I did).
Add this to a small bowl. I have an old plastic dish I don’t use for food anymore. This is a great use for it!
Now, you can choose to infuse your water with something if you like. You can add a teaspoon of calendula flowers, comfrey, rosemary, or lavender (there are other choices but these are excellent ones) and make a “tea” out of it before going to the next step. It’s not necessary and I didn’t have time to do it this time. But all you have to do is boil the water, let the herb steep for 10 – 15 minutes, then strain it, and use this “tea” instead of plain water.
You need a lot more than I have in there currently. There is less than half as much water as clay and this did nothing. Keep adding and stirring until you eventually get a paste. It will be extremely thick and sort of “gummy.” That’s okay.
Now it’s ready to spread on your face. Get your skin wet with very warm water, then smear it on, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Just for you, I took a picture of me wearing the mask!
Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes until it’s dry. Then use very warm water to wash it off (this takes awhile). Follow by washing your face, ideally with oil cleansing. Repeat about once a week.
Do you use facial masks? What are your favorites?
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