This is the best homemade face mask recipe I’ve made so far. It’s packed with lovely ingredients and will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and help renew it on a cellular level.
I’ve done plenty of research on the different ingredients I’ve included in the final recipe, which I detail below. But the combination of two high-performance clays, along with the allantoin powder are the real heroes of this DIY face mask.
I can’t help but invite the girls round for some wine and face masks. 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.
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Ingredients In My DIY Face Masks
The Dry Ingredients:
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.
The Liquid Ingredients:
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 face mask 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 DIY face mask.
- Transfer to a clean glass/PET bottle or container.
How To Use The Face Mask
- 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.
- Apply to your 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 with warm water, then pat dry with a clean towel.
More Homemade Face Mask Recipes
Make A Simple Hydrating Face Mask
Clay Face Mask Recipe For Sparkling Skin
Detox With A DIY Mud Mask Recipe
Natural Face Masks From Your Kitchen
Essential Oil Face Masks
These face mask recipes take about 5 minutes to mix up, and as you only make up one application at a time there is absolutely no waste whatsoever.
What’s more, they can be great fun to makeup using lots of different combinations.
And by adding the right ingredients to your oils you can create a paste that will hold the oils upon the skins surface, so that they can be absorbed completely into your skin, rather than evaporating into the air.
Best oils and powders to use for a face mask
- Mature or dry skin – Frankincense
- Normal or combination skin – Jasmine
- Oily or blemished skin – Geranium
- Best Moisturizing powders – Oatmeal, Rice flour, or Ground Almonds
- Best Cleansing powders – Fuller’s Eart or Kaolin
How To Make Perfect Essential Oil Face Masks
- Put the paste from one of my recipes below into a jar with a screw lid and then stand it in a bowl of just-boiled water until it has warmed through (only takes just a few minutes).
- Always use your face mask within 2 hours of making them, and don’t waste any of it, any left over’s can be used on other parts of the body such as the elbows, knees, and back.
- Apply to well-cleansed skin avoiding the eye, mouth, and nostril area, lie back and unwind for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
- The finer the powdery ingredient, the more the mask will tighten and draw out any grime and dirt from the skin. So if your oatmeal, rice flour, or almonds are too coarse, give them a quick blast in the blender before using them.
- You can make your moisturizing face mask more effective by adding a warmed and melted teaspoon of honey to them, or make a natural facial cleanser mask more effective by heating it before applying.
Basic Moisturizing Face Mask Recipe:
Basic Cleansing Face Mask Recipe:
6 drops of quality essential oil blended with 6 teaspoons of hot water. Add enough of the powdery ingredient to make a thick and sticky paste.
Rich Moisture Mask:
2 drops each of Frankincense, Rose, and Neroli, blended with 6 teaspoons of Apricot Kernel Oil, 1 teaspoon of warm runny clear honey, and enough ground almonds to make a good soft paste.
Deep Cleansing Mask:
4 drops of Geranium plus 1 drop each of Lavender and Lemon blended with 6 teaspoons of hot water, and enough Kaolin or Fuller’s Earth to make a nice smooth paste.
Soothing & Relaxing Face Mask:
2 drops each of Violet, Lavender and Neroli. Blend with 6 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil and enough oatmeal to make a nice smooth paste.
Energising Face Mask:
2 drops each of Ylang Ylang , Petitgrain and Lemon, blended with 6 teaspoons of ice cold water and enough ground almonds to make a good soft paste.
Anti-Ageing Face Mask:
2 drops each of Neroli, Mandarin and Orange blended with 6 teaspoons of Evening Primrose Oil, 1 teaspoon of warm runny clear honey, and enough ground almonds to make a good soft paste.
How To Make Steam Facials With Essential Oils
Steam facials are another very effective and beneficial way to use your essential oils in your home beauty routine.
The hot steam opens the pores and warms the skin so that the essential oils are readily absorbed into the skin for maximum effect.
The heat from the steam also makes the oils more volatile making them evaporate faster; this makes the oil more aromatic which also gives the steam facial a deep and relaxing treatment.
As steam makes the essential oil more effective some oils will be far too potent to use in a facial steam as the oils are inhaled directly into the nasal passage this can result in irritating the eyes.
Nor should you use a steam facial if you suffer from asthma or any other respiratory complaints for that matter. Oils Not Recommended For Steam Facials.
Basil – Laurel – Bay – Pine – Birch – Clary Sage – Camphor – Tarragon – Citronella – Tea Tree – Fennel – Thyme – Ginger – Valerian – Juniper
Steam facials should be used no more than once a week for either a deep moisturize or deep cleansing of the skin. They are extremely effective on dull, dehydrated, spotty or greasy skin and can literally act as an instant beautifier.
Having said that don’t use them just before going out as the heat from the steam can leave you looking rather flushed and your skin can often take on a shiny appearance for a couple of hours after using.
In fact because they are so relaxing I would defiantly recommend using a steam facial just before bed, that way any moisturizer you apply afterward will benefit greatly from being rubbed into warm, soft skin giving your skin an extra night boost.
How To Use Steam Facials
You will need 5 drops of essential oil to 2 pints (1 litre) of boiling water:
- Place the boiled water into a large bowl, and then add the drops of essential oil to the surface of the water.
- Drape a large towel over your head and the bowl so as to trap the steam.
- Close your eyes and stay under the towel until the steam begins to cool then add more boiling water to the bowl to evaporate off any remaining essential oils.
- Gently pat your face dry and then immediately massage a moisturizer into your skin to trap the extra steamy water in the skin.
It’s best to use no more than 2 different essential oils in a facial steam as they tend to be so aromatic, getting the right combination can treat just about any problem within the skin or psyche.
Now you can go off and try out your own creations or for the slightly less adventures here’s a selection of some more homemade face mask recipes I have tried.
Dry skin: 2 drops Lemon, 3 drops Violet
Normal or combination skin: 2 drops Mimosa, 3 drops Geranium
Oily or blemished skin: 3 drops Juniper Berry, 2 drops Bergamot
Mature skin: 3 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Galbanum
Dry skin: 2 drops Chamomile, 3 drops Jasmine
Normal or combination skin: 2 drops Rose, 3 drops Sandalwood
Oily or blemished skin: 2 drops Chamomile, 3 drops Geranium
Mature skin: 2 drops Neroli, 3 drops Rose
Steam Facials For Mind And Body
Relaxing: 2 drops Ylang Ylang, 3 drops Jasmine
Invigorating: 2 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Lavender
So there we have it, a DIY face masks 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 my other face masks like the first clay face 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.
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