I don’t know about you, but the festive period can be so stressful for me. With so much to do and so little time in which to get it done, it’s a time of year that can become very overwhelming.
While stress can be very detrimental to our mental health, it can also have a visible impact on our skin. From breakouts to early wrinkles, a busy life with no respite can wreak havoc on our appearance.
So now that Christmas and New Year’s festivities are firmly in the rearview mirror, I’ve set about trying to come up with a DIY face mask that will benefit both my mind and my body, and this mud mask recipe is exactly that.
Not only will this improve the quality of your skin, but this easy to make spa treatment is a great excuse to kick back and relax. I really needed a bit of me-time, and I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t benefit from a bit of that right now.
Watch How To Make A Mud Mask
Purifies The Skin
So let’s talk about how amazing this homemade mud mask is for your skin.
It’s the perfect detox for your skin, the mixture of dead sea mud and bentonite clay will literally suck the impurities out of your skin.
During the winter, I tend to get stuck in the house a lot, which means exposing my skin to fresh air becomes a little less desirable when it’s so damn cold!
But to make matters worse, with cold weather comes more cars on the road, which means exposing your skin to increased pollution when you do get out and about.
So, a monthly face mask is a great way to detox your skin, and it needs it more now than at any other time of the year.
Anti-Aging and Skin Softening
Dead sea mud is absolutely packed full of minerals, offering your skin the crucial nutrients it needs to stay strong and prevent sagging.
The addition of silk peptides makes this mask super skin softening as well. I’ve also found that this ingredient also gives your skin a lovely sheen and a youthful glow.
About The Ingredients In This Recipe
Dead Sea Mud
Packed full of minerals and nutrients, dead sea mud is the backbone of this diy mud mask and cannot easily be substituted. It lends a purifying, anti-aging, skin softening and refining qualities to this mask.
As the name suggests, this mud comes from the Dead Sea in the Middle East. This sea is known for offering some of the best skincare ingredients in the world, and its mud is no different.
I do have to be honest with you though. This ingredient really does have a slightly unpleasant odor. It’s not awful, but it certainly doesn’t smell sweet. But it’s a small price to pay for good quality skin!
Like the dead sea mud, bentonite clay is great for purifying the skin by sucking out all the toxins and impurities. This ingredient works in synergy with the mud, while also thickening it so it doesn’t drip off your face.
While I’ve used bentonite, you can use any good quality clay that is suitable for skincare products. A great alternative would be kaolin clay, although you also use pink or green french clay as well.
To streamline this recipe, you could leave this ingredient out, but I would avoid adding any water and keep your essential oils.
As I’ve already said, silk peptide makes your skin feel super soft! But why? Let’s take a look.
Silk peptide has wonderful moisturizing benefits. Once applied to the skin, it sort of creates a film that prevents the evaporation of moisture from your skin, meaning your skin will remain softer for much longer.
This film can also make your skin appear smoother and more even, although it will not do much to reduce visible lines and wrinkles. Although preventing water-loss on the skin will go a long way to preventing the visible signs of aging.
Like with the clay, you can totally skip this ingredient if you wish, I just like how amazing it is for the skin!
The only problem with this product is that it’s not vegan, which I know can be a problem for many of you. In this case, try substituting it for hydrolyzed oat protein, which can be purchased from many cosmetic supply stores across the web.
Keep in mind that the hydrolyzed oat protein is a liquid, so you may need to play around with the ratio of water and clay. Like I say in the method below, if your mud mask is either too wet or too dry, you can add extra clay or water, respectively, to improve the texture of the product.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil is no secret in skincare anymore, but it’s still a great addition to this DIY mud mask recipe.
Tea tree essential oil is known to be wonderfully antimicrobial, which means fewer microscopic creepy crawlies that can cause breakouts and other skin conditions.
Furthermore, it’s great for reducing inflammation, puffiness and balancing out oily or dry skin. Despite it’s less than the pleasant aroma, it definitely makes up for that with its amazing benefits!
You may have noticed I’ve not included a preservative in this product, and for good reason. Preserving clay-based face masks is a very hard thing to do, and there is no preservation system that is accepted in natural skincare that does the job properly.
Because of this, I’ve decided to leave a preservative out and only recommend small batch sizes that can be used up immediately.
While this may seem annoying, it’s absolutely essential for this homemade mud mask. In an ordinary clay face mask, you can get around this by preparing your dry and wet ingredients separately and mixing whenever you’re ready to use it. However, as dead sea mud is both a dry and a wet ingredient this is unsuitable.
Your dead sea mud may contain preservatives when you purchase it. This is fine and still good to use, but this preservative is suitable for keeping the mud fresh, but will not sustain is after the rest of the ingredients have been added.
DIY Mud Mask Recipe
- Place the Dead Sea mud into a container give it a good stir to loosen it up.
- Blend in around 7.5g (1 1⁄2 tsp) of warm water, it should be fairly runny and water at this point.
- Mix in the silk peptides and then the bentonite clay. Continue mixing until the ingredients have fully combined.
- At this point, the mixture maybe a little too stiff or dry. If it is, add a little more water until it’s a good texture. You need it to be smoothly applied to the skin without dragging it. On the flip side, if it seems too wet, add a little more clay.
- Last but not least add 2 drops of tea tree essential oil. Then, give the mask a real good stir making sure the essential oil is well combined.
How To Use A Mud Mask
To use, apply to the skin of your face and neck while avoiding the eyes, mouth and inner nostrils. To make the job a bit cleaner, you can make use of a makeup brush.
Once applied, pour yourself a nice glass of wine or herbal tea, apply some lovely cucumber slices and relax. Put on your favorite tunes and enjoy the next 15 minutes of tranquil me time. Then, rinse off with warm water.
I truly hope you enjoy this as much as the hydrating face mask, either way, I’d love to hear your comments or suggestions below.