Do it yourself clay mask recipes are becoming increasingly popular but for sufferers of dry, sensitive and problem skin are they any good?
If you’re dealing with sensitive skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, you may experience random flare-ups from time to time without fully knowing what the triggers are. Managing these flare ups with steroids and medication is quite common, however for some people this sometimes causes some side effects.
Find out how to clay masks can help with irritated dry and sensitive skin. We have 5 clay mask recipes that you can try out in the comfort of your own home. All you need are some ingredients that are readily available in your home or from your local chemist. Clay powders can be sourced from specialist online shops.
How do clay masks help with skin sensitivity and dryness?
Many of us are more familiar with face masks that feature creamy or gel-like consistencies which are highly saturated to moisten the skin. Natural ingredients like botanical and fruit oils, aloe vera gel, or oatmeal are the ones more commonly found in DIY face masks. But the commons question often asked, “are clay masks good for sensitive skin?”
There is a common misconception that clay masks dry the skin up. Considering its powdery formula that hardens when left to dry, you may think that it sucks all the moisture from your skin.
However, clay masks are very beneficial in terms of healing irritated skin. Clay powders such as bentonite and kaolin have exceptional antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that efficiently help ease the effects of sensitive skin including eczema and psoriasis.
What’s wonderful about clay powders is that they are very versatile. You can mix it with the liquid of your own choice to optimize its effects. Here are some DIY clay mask recipes for you.
5 DIY clay mask recipes to try at home
1. Apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay powder
This clay mask combo helps with redness and itching and also great for acne prone skin. Bentonite clay also has the ability to absorb impurities to get rid of them from your skin. In addition, apple cider vinegar has healthy enzymes and proteins to neutralize the skin’s inflammation.
For people with eczema, 1 tbsp should be enough for ½ cup of bentonite clay. Then add gradually add a few tablespoons of purified water and mix until you achieve a creamy texture. Apply this on your face and leave it for 3 to 5 minutes but no more than 10 minutes. Its important with clay masks not to let the mask dry out too much. When your skin tightens, its time to risk the clay off.
2. Manuka honey and Moroccan lava clay powder
If your skin is drier than usual (and we’re talking about very rough and flaking patches here), you can go for the Moroccan lava clay powder with Manuka honey mixture.
This clay mask mixture not only has soothing properties but also brightening properties to bring a lovely glow to the skin. Moroccan lava clay has been used for hundreds of years. In fact, it’s been a constant in royalty’s skincare regimes in ancient times. It’s a natural deep cleanser that has ions that eliminate impurities in the pores without leaving the skin dry. It is also non-irritating so individuals with eczema will find this helpful in relieving skin irritation and redness.
On the other hand, Manuka honey is one of the best natural skin moisturizers that you can use to aid extremely dry skin. It improves the skin’s moisture by retaining moisture for a long period of time. Manuka honey is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial with rich antioxidants.
The golden ratio to make this clay mask is 1:1. There’s no need to add water as the Manuka honey will serve as the Moroccan lava clay powder’s liquefier. Mix thoroughly until there are no lumps left and apply onto your skin for 10 minutes.
3. Vitamin E oil and Kaolin clay powder
Just like the previous clay powders mentioned earlier, Kaolin clay is also very gentle on the skin with exceptional deep-cleansing properties. Their benefits are pretty similar. However, compared to bentonite and Moroccan lava clay, Kaolin (also known as white clay) is more widely available and hence much easier to find. Kaolin clay is one of the purest clays on earth that can be found abundantly in the mountains of China.
If you’re struggling with eczema flare-ups and dealing with excessive oil buildup most particularly due to climate humidity, Kaolin clay is a great go-to mask to help you deal with both skin dilemmas.
You may choose to use honey or purified water to dissolve the Kaolin clay powder. Just make sure to add it gradually for you to have full control of the mask’s consistency. Add 3 to 5 drops of Vitamin E oil into the clay mask mixture and apply evenly onto your face. Leave it for 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Plain Greek yogurt and pink clay powder (rose clay)
Pink clay, which is also known as rose clay, is mainly composed of kaolinite (Kaolin/white clay). The only difference is its colour, which is contributed by its iron oxide component.
Pink clay is also a very gentle type of clay that doesn’t contain allergens so individuals with sensitive skin can use this for their skincare routine as well. It efficiently detoxifies the skin as it has the ability to absorb excess oil and dirt from the skin. Mix this with plain Greek yogurt for additional brightening effects. Yogurt is rich in probiotics, as well as calcium, protein, and vitamin D. This will help stabilize the moisture and pH balance of your skin.
For this clay mask mixture, the ratio is 1:1 as well. No need to add water as you’d like the mask to be smooth and creamy in texture. You can leave it on your skin for 10 minutes.
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5. Fuller’s Earth clay powder and green tea
Fuller’s Earth is a natural clay that originates from Pakistan. It’s also known as Multani Mitti clay. It has brightening and skin-repairing properties that can help soothe dryness and irritation caused by eczema. It’s rich in zinc, magnesium, and calcium so it effectively nourishes the skin to keep it healthy.
Green tea makes a great companion for this because green tea is also known to have exceptional anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In addition, this clay mask mixture also helps provide full hydration to the skin in order to prevent flaking and irritation.
Brew the green tea and let it cool down for about 30 minutes. Add ½ cup of Fuller’s Earth clay powder into the mixing bowl and gradually add a small amount of the brewed green tea until you reach a smooth and creamy consistency. Be careful not to put too much tea to prevent it from being too watery. After mixing, you can leave this clay mask onto your skin for 3 to 5 minutes.
If you are a little more adventurous, you can experiment with mixing different types of natural ingredients in your DIY clay masks. If you’ve found a combination that works for you, drop us a line. We would love to hear about your recipe. And if you have tried any of the above recipes, leave us a comment and let us know what you think. Good luck!