5 Clay Mask Recipes for Every Skin Type

When it comes to face masks for oily, acne-inflamed and even combination skin, there's no better clay than green clay, also known as "bentonite."

Clay masks are soothing and healing to the skin, and they help remove excess oil, making them excellent for oily skin. But because they can be drying, experts don't recommend them for dry skin, unless you add an oil to the ingredient mix.

You can pick up a basic green clay in powder form from any health-food store or buy it online for the cheapest price. Aztec Healing Clay is an excellent option. You can even find it in cat litter; in fact, kitty litter can make a great mask.

Some tips for these recipes:

  • Create a basic mask by taking the powder clay and adding water if you have oily skin, jojoba oil if you have dry skin, and milk for combo skin.
  • Masks (homemade or otherwise) should stay on for 10-15 minutes. Follow with cleansing and a thin layer of moisturizer.
  • Do not use a metal utensil or bowl when working with bentonite clay. The metal reacts to the clay.
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French Green Clay Mask With Essential Oils

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This mask is lovely but more complex than other masks because it requires both green clay and kaolin clay, plus several other ingredients. You can buy these items at any health food store or online.

Ingredients:

Recipe:

  1. Mix green and kaolin clays together.
  2. Add in the aloe vera gel, rose water, and oils.
  3. Refrigerate mixture for up to four weeks.
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Basic Clay Mask

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This basic clay mask is simple and allows you to use ingredients you likely already have in the house.

Ingredients:

  • A basic fuller's earth clay, also known as bentonite or green clay (if skin is sensitive, French green clay is a good option). Try Indian Healing Clay.
  • 1 tsp honey
  • water (oily skin), half and half (combination skin) or jojoba oil (dry skin)
  • Optional: your favorite essential oil

Recipe:

  1. Mix 2 parts liquid to 1 part clay.
  2. Mix in a bit of honey.
  3. Add more liquid if clay is too dry.
  4. Add a few drops of the essential oil (this step is optional).
  5. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes.
  6. Rinse off with a steaming washcloth.
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Purifying Clay Mask for Oily Skin

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This purifying mask is wonderful for oily skin and was adapted from a recipe found in the book, "Natural Beauty Recipe Book". 

You can get all of these ingredients in any natural food store or online. 

Ingredients:

Recipe:

  1. Mix the palmarosa and apricot oils together.
  2. Add a few drops of warm water.
  3. Mix together and add more water if need be to get a good, spreadable paste.
  4. Apply mask.
  5. Let dry for 10 minutes.
  6. Rinse off with a warm washcloth.
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Clay and Oats Mask for Acne-inflamed Skin

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The tea tree essential oil in this mask is great for inflamed skin. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp ground oats
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil (buy from Amazon)

Recipe:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (never metal).
  2. Spread onto face.
  3. Don't rub as this isn't a scrub and the oats could tear skin.
  4. Let mask dry, then wash off with a warm rinse.
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Deep-Cleansing Clay and Egg White Mask

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This mask cleanses and hydrates skin.

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp white bentonite clay
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 drop of your favorite essential oil

Recipe:

  1. Blend the ingredients in a bowl and then apply to face.
  2. Allow to dry and leave on as long as you like.
  3. Wash off with a warm washcloth.