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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Facial Clay Mask

These recipes for Facial Clay Masks are especially good for oily skins, however depending on which color clay you use all skin types can benefit. I prefer using the French clays as these are high in mineral content. These minerals are great for the skin to cleanse, detoxify, exfoliate, heal, sooth, and tone.

As I mentioned the different color clays available are beneficial for different types of skins as each one has it's unique healing properties.

Green clay helps to draw toxins from the skin and can calm inflammations. It is particularly good for acne.

White clay soothes and softens the skin and is suitable for all skin types. This is the gentlest of all the clays.

Red clay is suitable for dry and sensitive skins.

Pink clay is particularly useful for toning dull, tired, or devitalized skin. It also has excellent cleansing properties.

Bentonite clay, Kaolin clay, and Fuller’s Earth are also suitable for using in face masks. The latter being excellent for oily and acne prone skin conditions.

These various facial clays can be found at your local health food store or if you wish to purchase online I recommend They stock all the various clays mentioned above. Just type the clay you would prefer in their search box at the top left of their website.

Deep Cleansing Clay Mask

This clay mask recipe is most suitable for oily skin.


  • 1 ounce green clay
  • 3 tablespoons distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 1 drop Geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 drop Juniper essential oil

Soothing Clay Mask

This clay mask recipe is most suitable for dry and sensitive skins. If the facial clay mask dries out too much while it is on you can spray your face with distilled or floral water.


  • 1 ounce red or white clay
  • 3 tablespoons rose water
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba
  • 2 drops Chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drop Rose essential oil

Revitalizing Clay Mask

This clay mask recipe is most suitable for dull and tired skins in need of a boost to reclaim that healthy glow.


  • 1 ounce pink clay
  • 3 tablespoons orange flower water
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 1 drop Neroli essential oil
  • 2 drops Orange essential oil
  • 2 drops Petitgrain essential oil

Method for making the above facial clay masks

  • Combine the clay and the floral or distilled water in a bowl and mix well until a good thick paste is formed.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Spread the mixture over a clean, damp face and neck, avoid the eye area.
  • Relax for 15 minutes, preferably lying down.
  • Rinse off well with warm water before applying a toner and moisturizer.

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