I can’t help but invite the girls round for some wine and a face mask. That’s the beauty of this kind of regenerative recipe. Because they’re ‘treatments’ (something that isn’t part of your daily skincare routine) they’re a kind of fun ritual or event that you can share with others.
I’ve done plenty of research on the different ingredients I’ve included in my DIY face mask recipes, which I detail below.
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About The Ingredients In This Recipe
French Green Clay
Green Clay can help to remove all the built-up impurities from our skin. Although it’s suitable for all skin types it’s particularly good for aging skin as it can stimulate circulation to encourage new cell growth.
Green clay also has a tightening effect on the skin, making it feel fresher and more toned after using it, which is great for oily skin.
Rhassoul / Red Moroccan Clay
Rhassoul / Red Moroccan Clay is great for improving the skin’s suppleness. It’s suitable for all skin types including sensitive and dry skin, as it gently removes dirt from the pores whilst cleansing.
Recent research suggests that due to its unusual combination of minerals, Rhassoul clay holds some wonderfully unique healing properties that can clean and reduce puffiness without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
Allantoin Powder is often included in various anti-aging products due to its ability to increase the renewal of dead skin cells whilst increasing moisture for dry skin.
Allantoin is second to none in soothing inflamed skin and helping to heal and repair damaged areas including eczema patches and rashes.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract is an excellent antioxidant, which helps to protect your skin from external environmental pollutions.
Along with being a great little anti-inflammatory, green tea can help stimulate skin cell renewal and reduce the signs of aging.
Glycerine is a great humectant, which means that it will help retain moister in the skin. Its wonderful moisturizing properties will help prevent wrinkles, restores and heals damaged skin.
Rose hydrosol has a beautiful calming aroma. It’s mild and gentle on the skin, yet it’s packed full of rejuvenating qualities making it perfect choice for dry, sensitive and mature skin.
Chamomile hydrosol is very soothing and is particularly good for aging or dry skin. It can help reduce red or puffiness from around the eyes.
Clay is extremely difficult to preserve so we’ve chosen to make this recipe up as a two-stage set to be mixed as needed. However, the water part will still need a preservative if you plan on storing it for longer than a week.
If you plan on using all 4 applications immediately as a pamper session for you and your friends, no preservative is necessary. If you are giving this as a gift you may want to consider adding a small mixing bowl and application brush to make it extra special!
Face Mask Recipe For Glowing Skin
- To make sure your equipment is sterile, give your containers and utensils a wipe around with rubbing alcohol. Bearing in mind you will need the container that’s going to be holding all the dry ingredients to be completely dry before adding them.Weigh the clays, place them into a small container and mix until they are well combined. Add the Allantoin and mix again before transferring into your prepared sterile jar.
- Weigh the hydrosols out into a beaker
- Add the glycerine
- Add the green tea extract and stir until well combined.
- Mix in the preservative. Keep in mind that if you intend to use up all of the product immediately, you don’t need to add a preservative. I sometimes do this when I have friends round and we all want to try out the mask.
- Transfer to a clean glass/PET bottle or container.
- For one application, take one tablespoon of the dry clay mix and mix it with a little of the hydrosol/ tea water until you have a nice creamy consistency.
- Smooth over the face using a brush or the tips of your fingers, avoiding the eyes and mouth area. Leave to dry (usually around 15 minutes)
- Once the masque has dried there isn’t much benefit to leaving it on any longer as its only active whilst it’s still moist. However, you can prolong it for a few minutes before rinsing, by giving the masque a quick spritz with the readymade hydrosol water in the recipe. I’ve added a little extra in the recipe above to allow for this.
- Finally, rinse off with warm water, then pat dry with a clean towel.
So there we have it, a homemade face mask that will not only leave your skin feeling soft and smooth, but also help renew your skin on a cellular level.
This is such a feel-good product. Even just applying it puts me in a relaxed mood. I just love to cut some little cucumber slices to go on my eyes. It feel like a little spa trip right in my own home.
When I compare this to the first clay masks I made or the gel masks, I think this might be my new favorite. It’s just so simple to do, and the ingredients are readily available online or at your local beauty supply store.