DIY Clay Mask Kit: Tips, Tricks & Extras

So you've gotten your clay mask kit...and perhaps you've even started to pull it together. But the fun has just begun! Now is when you really get to start to customize--and you can either customize the entire dry base or customize each mask at a time. Read on to find out more!

If you'd like to customize your dry base, you can do so by adding other dry products that you can get at the grocery store! Read on to see what other dry powders can do to enhance your mask. (Start by adding a tsp of your favorite to the dry base, and increase to the desired amount.)

Milk Powder: The lactic acid in any milk product is extremely good for the skin. It leaves a smooth feeling and adds a glow to tired skin.

Colloidal Oats: Extremely finely ground oatmeal, colloidal oats help to both soothe the skin and act as a mild and very gentle exfoliant for the skin. Oats are very good for sensitive skin as well as skin that becomes irritated easily. 

Honey Powder: Pure honey that has been spray-dried to create a fine powder. It is a humectant, which means it has the ability to attract and retain moisture in the skin, and it does so without making it oily.

Almond Meal: Made from finely ground almonds, almond meal is used as an exfoliant in cosmetics. When you use this in your mask, it gives your mask an exfoliant quality.

You can also customize your mask experience by adding different liquids when you create each individual mask base. Here are some ideas for liquids to get you started:

Water: the easiest and most convenient option! It’s readily available and does a great job of hydrating your mask.

Hydrosols: Also known as floral waters, you can use hydrosols like lavender or rose waters to substitute part or all of the water in your mask. Each hydrosol has different benefits—personally I love what rose water does for my skin!

Aloe Juice: Using aloe juice to hydrate your mask is a wonderful way to utilize the soothing benefits of aloe while getting the toning/detoxifying benefits that a clay mask can give. Substitute part or all of your liquid with fresh aloe juice.

Milk: Any full-fat animal milk contains lactic acid, which will help those skin cells continue to keep up their natural regeneration at a healthy rate. Use for part or all of your liquid.

Coconut milk: Coconut milk is wonderful for the skin because it is high in magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. Give your skin a treat by substituting part or all of your liquid with coconut milk.

Orange juice: Adding a teaspoon of orange juice to the liquid in your mask is great for skin that is acne-prone. Just make sure you are extra-careful to avoid the eyes!

You can also add additional additives to enhance your mask as well. Consider the following:

Mashed Avocado: Full of fat, avocado is amazing for the skin. It is filled with vitamins A, D, E, & B6.

Raw Honey: Honey serves as a humectant, which helps skin to retain its moisture. It is an emollient, which means it helps to soften skin. It also has antioxidant properties, which assist the skin with free radicals.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Alpha hydroxy acids in apple cider vinegar help to unclog pores.

 

Finally, as a reminder, here are instructions on how to use your mask:
Place the desired amount of clay into a small bowl (one heaping tablespoon is generally sufficient for a full-facial mask). Add just enough liquid to wet the clay and make a thick paste. Apply and massage the skin evenly with the paste, making small circles with your fingers and avoiding the nose, eyes, mouth, and hairline. Leave the mask on until it is almost dry—if cracks are beginning to form in the mask, it is time to rinse it off. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.
Discard any unused paste.  Store the base dry in a cool, dark location. Best if used by 1 year from purchase.

 

Here's a brief video tutorial on how to mix & apply your mask: