Part of my facial line is a clay mask that you can mix and use at home. This is the same clay mix that I am using in the clinic for most of my clients. It contains a mix of Kaolin Clay, Rhassoul clay, and Glacial Marine clay and I love the feeling and look it gives your face after using it!
The basic instructions are simply – mix 2 tablespoons of the clay mix with 1 tablespoon of toner. There are a few things you can add to the mix at home.
Honey – I spoke about honey last week. It is great for softening the skin and can help heal redness caused by inflammation. You only need a small amount, about a 1/4 teaspoon, and you simply mix it in at the same time as you add the toner. Keep in mind that you want to use unpasteurized honey.
Seaweed – I use this in both a powder and a liquid extract form and either could be added to the clay mix before applying it to your face. It gives an extra boost of nutrients to your skin and I find it beneficial for more mature skin. Again you don’t need much – a few drops of seaweed extract or about a 1/2 teaspoon of powder are all I use.
Essential oils – If you are mixing the clay with one of my LCO toners then you will already be getting the benefit of some essential oils! If you are mixing it with regular water, you can add in a couple of drops of an essential oil yourself if you have them. I find Geranium and Frankincense work well. Myrrh is great for mature skin. And Lavender is very calming. Make sure you only use a couple of drops. More will NOT be better and could damage your skin.
Carrier oils – For drier skin in particular, sometimes I add a couple of drops of a carrier oil to the mix. It keeps the mask wetter longer and adds more nourishment to your skin. Two of my favourites are jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil.