This mask is suitable for all skin types, especially blemished.
- 1 teaspoon of clay
- 1/2 teaspoon to 1 1/2 teaspoons of aloe juice or gel
- 1/4 teaspoon of grape seed oil or coconut oil
- 1 drop of lavender or tea tree essential oil
Directions: Place the clay in a small mixing bowl. Add the aloe, oil, and essential oil, and mix well. Apply to damp skin. Leave on for 5-20 minutes. This mask can be used 1-2 times a week.
Since this recipe is preservative free, make a fresh batch before each use, or store the excess in the fridge and use it within a few days. For a longer shelf life, add a broad spectrum preservative.
Clays for blemished skin:
Green clay is an excellent choice for most skin types (normal, oily, combination, and mildly dry). Very dry or dehydrated skin may want to use rhassoul clay. I recommend using bentonite clay if your pores are very clogged.
How much aloe to use:
The amount of aloe to use will vary, depending on how thick you like masks and also what kind of clay you use. Some people like to make their masks thinner and some people like a thicker texture. If you like masks a little thinner, use more aloe. If you like masks thicker use less aloe. If you add too much aloe and it is too thin, add a little more clay. Different clays will require different amounts of aloe, so I suggest adding 1/4 teaspoon of aloe at a time until you get a consistency you like.
You can use either aloe juice or gel, but try to use one that is as pure as possible and that has no added colors, fillers, or fragrance. Most organic brands are usually pure aloe, with only a small amount of an anti-fungal and citric acid to balance the pH. Organic aloe gel also contains natural thickeners.
Carrier oil notes:
Most grape seed oil is usually solvent extracted and highly refined. I recommend using one that is cold pressed and unrefined, since cold pressed, unrefined oils are generally richer in nutrients and antioxidants, and they do not contain any solvent residues. A few small online herbal or cosmetic ingredient vendors sell the cold pressed, unrefined kind.
For coconut oil, be sure to use one that is that is virgin, cold pressed or expeller pressed, unrefined, and organic if possible.
Essential oil notes:
Don’t use more than a drop of essential oil in the mask, since too much can be irritating; essential oils are very concentrated and potent substances. If you are pregnant or have medical issues, consult with a medical practitioner and/or a well-qualified herbalist before using essential oils.
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About The Author:
Li Wong has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. She has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001, and is currently a student of Jeanne Rose’s Aromatherapy Studies Course. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup company.
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