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