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How To Make A Simple Facial Mask

A friend of mine took me to a class in making body masks recently.  It was FABULOUS!  As I do a cleanse this month, I’m looking forward to detoxing my face with a mild, homemade mask….

The Problems with Store Bought Facial Masks and Scrubs

I spent a good deal of time in health food stores looking for a super mild facial scrub and/or mask during my first cleanse.  Most of them are extremely abrasive, many have a lot of chemicals in them, and they all have very strong scents.  These are all negatives for my sensitive skin.

The closest I could find to something I would put on my face was Giovanni’s D:tox collection.  While it still has a scent, it’s fairly mild and the scrub is not too abrasive.  Though, of course, it’s expensive.

All facial masks you find in the store have preservatives in them!  According to our lovely course teacher, Katya, clay only lasts a week or two when it’s wet – before it begins to grow molds.  So be sure to store your homemade masks dry, and just mix up what you’ll use in a week.

Recipe: Simple Facial Mask

The following recipe is by Katya Difani, and adapted from Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health


  • 1 cup clay (she recommends white kaolin clay)
  • 1 cup finely ground oats
  • 1/4 cup finely ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup finely ground lavender or rose petals


  1. Grind the oats, almonds, and lavender or rose into a fine powder – using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder.
  2. Combine all ingredients together.
  3. Seal in a glass jar until ready to use.
  4. To use, mix 1-2 teaspoons with a small amount of water (purified is best) – just enough to make a smooth paste.
  5. Gently massage into your skin.
  6. Leave on for a few minutes.
  7. Rinse with warm water.

This mask is very gentle and mild.  The white clay is not very drying, and still draws out toxins from your pores.  The oats are soothing, cooling, and moisturizing.

Other Ingredients To Try

The list is fairly endless!  Here are a few ingredients that caught my ears and eyes:

  • Blueberries – antioxidant
  • Acerola cherry – antioxidant, stimulates collagen
  • Licorice root powder – anti-inflammatory, awakens the skin
  • Lemon juice – exfoliating, antibacterial
  • Honey – antibacterial, moisturizer
  • Green tea – antioxidant (you can also spray your face with tea before applying the mask)
  • Papaya
  • Avocado
  • Yoghurt
  • Camomile
  • Poppy seeds
  • Corn meal
  • Ground coffee beans
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Essential oils – citrus oils in particular
  • Body oils – the three I liked best were jojoba, grape seed and rose hip seed – but even olive oil would be nice

Coming Soon:  How to Make a Simple Facial Scrub & Cosmetic Clays Demystified.

Please comment if you have other ideas.  And have fun treating yourself!!

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11 comments to How To Make A Simple Facial Mask

  • keep the diy skin care tips coming! I’ve been craving recipes like this! :) Can’t wait to try it. Where do you buy the clay?

    • Hi Meghan, great to hear that you’re enjoying these posts!

      You can buy clay in an herbalist, apothecary, or at a health food store. If your local health food store doesn’t have it, they might be able to order it and/or tell you where you can find it.

  • This is great! I have tried egg white facial masks and oatmeal masks which work great. These are some new recipes to add to my repertoire. Thanks!

  • I know how easy they are to make, but LUSH also sells preservative free face masks. They last two weeks in the fridge, they only smell of whatever’s in them (if there’s cocoa, it’s gonna smell like chocolate. Garlic? ditto) and are designed for every skin time or ailment. (*shrugs) If you’re looking for another option.

  • andrea

    I know you are trying to spend less time browsing the internet, but I have to recommend this site for homemade and non-toxic beauty preparations: So much good information.

    Mountain Rose Herbs is also a good place for clays and other ingredients if you can’t find them somewhere local.

  • Hello, this is a site with a Kaolin Clay that is silky smooth with no chemical additives, and so refined you cannot feel any gritty feel. Contact the company and they will confirm. In addition this is Made in America.

  • just plain egg whites with honey leave for 15 minutes works like a charm!!! u dont hav 2 blend it but still opt… make it smooth

  • Sarah

    As a ceramist working in clay daily I like the idea of natural clay masks. However, there is an important safety precaution that you should be aware of: clay contains Silica, as in fine particle, naturally occuring glass. This is NOT something you should breath in the dry state because the particles are small enough to lodge permanently in the lungs. It takes daily exposure over years to create breathing problems, but precautions should still be taken. Bentonite in particular has very small particles that act similiarly.

    For maximum safety, mix dry ingredients outdoors, and store prepared masks in the wet state. Wearing a dust mask is a good idea too.

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