How To Mix A Clay Mask For Your Skin Type

Weekly masks are an easy way to maintain your skin's glow, and little tweaks can provide targeted results which you can modify to suit your needs. Dry clay masks are ideal because they offer the most customization and have a long shelf life, while being easy to use and cost effective. Dry masks are usually a combination of clays and other herbs, and sometimes have essential oils added in.

Step 1: Choose your mask. Since masks are usually made with clays, this is the main ingredient you want to pay attention to. You could use straight up clay or another mixture like our Arcilla Rosada.

For normal to combination skin: all clays are fine

For acne prone and oily skin: bentonite, rhassoul, red, Fuller's earth (add some activated charcoal to the clay for stubborn acne)

For dry or sensitive skin: French green, kaolin

For mature skin: French green, Fuller's earth, kaolin

 

Measure out about 1 tsp of dry mask. You can add an exfoliant if desired: oatmeal, sugar, salt, powdered herbs. Just add about a half teaspoon or less.

 

Step 2: Choose your liquid. Add gradually to achieve the consistency you prefer. A thicker mask will take longer to dry and a thinner mask is not as drying to the skin.

 

For normal to combination skin: water, tea, honey, yogurt, toner, aloe, milk

For acne prone and oily skin: tea, apple cider vinegar (this needs to be mixed with another liquid as it should not be used alone), honey, yogurt, aloe

For dry or sensitive skin: yogurt, honey, water

For mature skin: honey, floral water, yogurt, green tea

Add the liquid slowly, small amounts at a time, and mix. I recommend using a small bowl and makeup brush, but you can easily just mix it in your hand (just a little messier but it gets the job done).

 

Step 3:  Optional boosters. Add in a few drops of a serum or a spritz of a facial mist and mix again.  

Here I chose to add a few drops of the Bella #3 calming serum to reduce redness and a spritz of Aviva hydrating toner

Step 4: Apply and wait. Once you've achieved the desired consistency, apply to your skin. You don't need to cover your whole face and you can apply more than once mask at once, targeting different areas with different recipes or masks. Just apply where needed. Leave on for at least 10 minutes.

 

Step 5: Rinse and moisturize. If you added an exfoliant then scrub away as you rinse. Once your skin is clean, pat dry and moisturize!

 

Try to incorporate a clay mask once a week into your routine if you have uneven, dull, acne prone, or oily skin.

 

 

Delilah Orpi