Make a nourishing homemade clay face mask with French pink clay, yogurt, and rose water. This natural skincare recipe is suitable for normal to sensitive skin and takes just a few minutes to make and use.
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Last weekend I invited a friend to come over for a night of movies, mocktails, and pampering. We put on a film, nibbled on healthy snacks, sipped yummy drinks, and made homemade face masks using nourishing ingredients. Though you can buy pre-made face mask sachets or more expensive jars of dry mix, making your own from scratch is simple and inexpensive. The recipe we made and that I’m sharing with you below is one ideal for normal to dry skin and uses powdered clay, rose water, and creamy yogurt. It’s also very sensitive, smells gorgeous and leaves your skin fresh, clean, and hydrated.
Homemade Face Mask Recipe
Cleansing face masks are primarily made of clay, which has incredible drawing powers. Mixed with liquid and applied onto your face, clay pulls oil, dirt, and dead cells from your skin, leaving it smooth and clean. When you use liquids that also have skin-beneficial properties, then the mask can help to hydrate, soothe, scent, regenerate skin cells, and promote a healthy glow. They can be milk, juices, infusions, hydrosols, or water. In this recipe, we use rose water, a rose-scented hydrosol made by distilling rose petals. You can also use rose water to make homemade Turkish delight recipes. The other ingredients include:
- French pink clay: a gentle pale pink clay
- Yogurt: contains lactic acid, a natural and very gently alpha-hydroxy acid that promotes skin cell regeneration
- Rose water: a gentle and rose-scented astringent and toner
Rose Clay Face Mask Recipe
The recipe below makes enough one face mask to be used immediately after mixing. Feel free to scale it up if you’re making it for more than one person at a time. Using this homemade clay face mask recipe once a week will help pull oil and impurities from your pores without over-drying it.
How to Make Homemade Face Mask
To make this homemade rose clay face mask recipe, place the clay with the yogurt and rose water in a small container. Mix thoroughly, then apply to your face and neck. For full oil-pulling properties, apply the mask soon after making the recipe.
For a gentler action, leave the mask to sit for up to an hour before applying it. This gives time for the clay to absorb moisture in the recipe and to have a weaker oil-pulling ability. It can also make the mask a bit thicker, so feel free to add more rose water to get it to the consistency you like before applying it.
Using Homemade Clay Face Masks
Leave the homemade rose clay face mask on for ten minutes or until it’s dry and begins to crack. Rinse it off with warm water and a gentle face cleanser, and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Apply a light moisturizer afterward if you wish.
If you have any clay face mask mixture left over, it’s not worth saving. That’s because it will completely dry up and crack within a day, even if covered and refrigerated. It’s better to simply make a fresh mix as you need it.