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How to make a Clarifying Clay Mask

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 by in Apothecary, Face

clarifying clay mask ingredients: activated charcoal, oatmeal, lavender, bentonite clay, green clay, turmeric

How to make a Clarifying Clay Mask that will make you love your skin again

It was this exact clarifying clay mask that hooked me on DIY beauty products. For a few years now, I have been experimenting with and researching homemade beauty products. My skin is very sensitive and so many mainstream products cause my skin to react.  It started out of necessity at first. I was living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on the Big Island and mainstream shopping was scarce and paradise expensive. Not to mention, I had two toddler boys at the time, that didn’t really share my same ideals of shopping. Therefore, browsing through stores had to be quick, organized, and purposeful. I became an expert at the “Mommy grab, throw (in the cart) and go”. We had a solid list of reliable products that we purchased regularly and that I already knew the ingredient list of. This list was rarely deviated from, and I was barely ever brave enough to wander over to the beauty care displays with the boys in tow. Needless to say, my beauty care routine had been widdled down to ponytails, teeth brushing and a quick whirl of mascara. After a while, I began to notice that my less than stellar skin care routine was starting to show.

mortar and pestles are perfect for mixing/grinding clay-based recipe

The clarifying benefits of clay

All- natural skin care remedies have changed my whole outlook on beauty care products. How cool is it that a few items found in my kitchen pantry could be mixed with clay and have me feeling great about myself again? This two ingredient dry shampoo recipe is the perfect example, https://hobbiessofancy.com/2017/03/02/quick-and-easy-dry-shampoo/  Of course, anything that saved me a dreaded trip to the store, away from the pool or beach with my little guys was a bonus.  While in Hawaii, the saltwater was great for my skin, but the sunscreen and extreme sun exposure, not so much. Dull, oily skin became my norm until I discovered the amazing, clarifying effects of clay masks. I have since created several versions of homemade clay masks. This particular one clarifies my skin, minimizes my pores and helps keep the oil at bay.  I still use it about once a week even though we, unfortunately, do not live near the beach anymore. Now it cleanses my skin from the damaging effects of city life.

Beneficial Ingredients

activated charcoal, oatmeal, lavender, bentonite clay, green clay, turmeric

Activated Charcoal Powder : attracts and adsorbs harmful or toxic substances, clarifying

oatmeal: anti-inflammatory, exfoliates

dried lavender: aromatherapy, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory

Bentonite Clay: detoxifies, re-mineralizes, tightens skin

French Green Clay :  removes impurities, tightens skin and exfoliates

Ground Turmeric: skin brightening

How to make this homemade clarifying clay mask

Make this clay mask today and see a noticeable difference in your skin. I keep a small jar of this miracle powder in my bathroom for times when I can spare 15-20 minutes before a shower. I prefer to use a clay mask before showering because it is much easier and cleaner to remove than in the sink. It may tingle slightly and pull while it is drying. That’s okay, it’s working to clarify and tighten your face. My boys think I look like a monster and get a huge kick out of me in a face mask. I enjoy pretending that there is nothing on my face and have no idea what they are talking about. You know…the usual Mommy funny business.

When working with healing clays, and activated charcoal: never allow them to touch metal as this will make them less effective.

Clarifying Clay Mask to tighten and cleanse your skin

Prep Time:10 min
Total Time:10 min
Category:Apothecary~ Face
Yield:2-4 Masks
Ingredients
* 1 Tablespoon bentonite clay
* 1 Tablespoon green clay or red clay
* 1 heaping teaspoon turmeric
* 1 Tablespoon dried lavender
* 1 Tablespoon oatmeal
* 1-2 capsules or 1 teaspoon activated charcoal
Preparation
1. Mix the oatmeal and lavender in the blender if you prefer an extra fine texture

2. Place all other ingredients in a glass, ceramic or plastic bowl with a wooden or plastic spoon.

3. Add the oatmeal and lavender to the bowl with the other ingredients if you used a blender to blend them

4. Or you may use a mortar and pestle to do all the mixing.

5. Store in a glass jar with a glass or plastic lid.

6. Mix with a 1:1 ratio, powder to water or powder to apple cider vinegar.

7. Feel free to mix with yogurt as well.

9. One important detail to know when working with healing clays, and activated charcoal is to never allow them to touch metal as this will make them less effective.
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