I made noises about this recipe on Facebook quite a few times. The amount of times I’ve found myself down to the wire with no clay in hand is why I keep Earthley’s. Even though I love that premade option, there’s nothing more satisfying than having your own clay and making my own beauty care products at home.
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 teaspoon 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 toss 1/2 cup of it in the bathtub for a nice detox bath. I did that right after making my mask. Pretty cool, no?
Clay Facial Mask
- 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 cup of clay), and I think it would have been enough for six people. Start with the tiny amount because it makes a lot.
Step 1: Measure your clay (remember, less than I did).
Step 2: 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!
Step 3: Now, you can infuse your water with something if you’d like. You can add a teaspoon of calendula flowers, comfrey, rosemary, or lavender (there are other choices, but these are excellent options) 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, strain it, and use this “tea” instead of plain water.
Step 4: Keep adding and stirring until you eventually get a paste. It will be extremely thick and sort of “gummy.” That’s okay.
Step 5: Now it’s ready to spread on your face. Wet your skin 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!
Step 6: Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes until dry. Then, use very warm water to wash it off (this takes a while). Follow by washing your face, ideally with oil cleansing. Repeat about once a week.
If you use facial masks, which ones are your favorite?