Cleopatra used them, so did Queen Nefertiti. You can also include clay masks in your beauty care routine as the key medicinal and cosmetic beauty arsenals. Of late they are becoming more popular. They have the abilities to condition and nourish your skin by removing dead skin cells, getting rid of extra oil and impurities from the surface of your skin.
Earlier, we shared with you bentonite clay face mask recipe. Bentonite clay has absorbing properties and can be used as an exfoliant, since it draws out impurities from the skin.
Homemade Green Clay Masks For Skin And Face
Today we are sharing with you another very effective natural clay mask. French Green clay has ability to absorb excess sebum, so it’s very effective for oily skin. It’s full of many key mineral oxides, magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, copper, and selenium. It also has decomposed plant matter and volcanic ash. This amazing clay draws out and adsorbs all of the impurities in the skin, and helps in natural healing process. It tightens the skin pores, tones the skin, exfoliates and reduces skin inflammation. It is also claimed to have anti-bacterial properties that helps in treating acne and pimples. It even boosts skin rejuvenation, accelrating the creation of new skin cells.
Where To Apply And How Often? Make sure to apply it to the regions of the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin – keeping away from eyes and lips. The folks with oily skin can use this mask 2-3 days in a week or so.
Can Green Clay irritate the face? No, green clay mask does not lead to any skin problem. In fact, it’s used to treat acne. Use a clay mask with mineral water. Don’t use it with milk as it may cause skin problems. Moreover, the texture of the clay mask is impermeable and if you rub it too much onto the skin, it can cause redness.
Can Men Apply Clay Face Mask? Yes, as men should also regulate excess skin oil production and keep the skin pores unclogged. The two main characteristics of a clay mask are deep cleansing and detoxifying, and so they are beneficial to women as well as men. Men can use a clay mask once a week, after shaving but before toning their skin.
How To Make Green Clay Face Mask At Home?
Green clay for skin is a natural ingredient that is available in the form of powder. Green clay mask is good for oily and acne prone skin as green clay helps get rid of the dead skin cells and keep it more balanced.
1. Basic, But Effective French Clay Mask:
You will need:
(i) French green clay: 3 teaspoons
(ii) Some mineral water (preferably, use mineral water as tap water contains chlorine that can minimize the positive benefits of a natural product like green clay and can even irritate sensitive types of skin)
(iii) Natural Essential oil: Few drops (almond oil, argon oil or jojoba oil, which is great for acne breakouts)
(i) Take 3 teaspoons of clay in a glass bowl depending upon the area you want to cover with the mask. For face 3 teaspoons are enough for a single use. If you want to use it on your neck too, take more clay.
(ii) As you can get the green clay in a very thin powder form, so it’s easy for the clay to get dissolved into water. Take care to add water slowly and mix well until you get a homogeneous, smooth paste, which is neither too drippy nor too stable. While adding water and mixing with clay, follow instructions given on the clay box.
Natural Beauty Tip: No metal or plastic spoon or utensil should be used to prevent any reaction from this pure natural product.
(iii) Finally mix in few drops of essential oil of your choice to get a moisturizing effect. One of the benefits of applying green clay mask onto face is to balance out the natural oil (sebum) that the skin produces. The objective of adding a few drops of almond, jojoba or argan oil is to get moisturizing effect and make your skin soft.
How To Apply Green Face Mask
(i) First, dip a wash cloth in hot water. Place it over your face and leave it on for a minute to help steam your face and open your pores. Then pat gently to dry your skin with a soft, clean towel.
(ii) For applying the clay mask, preferably use your bare hands. This way you can apply it more even and work better on all the areas that you are aiming to cover (such as neck). While applying, make sure not to get too close to your eyes or lips.
(iii) After applying the clay mask, lie down and relax. Let the mask work its magic. You can relax lying on a sofa, reading your favorite book or whatever you like so as to keep your thoughts away from everyday stressful chores.
(iv) While you are having mask on, it will soon begin getting drying on your skin. During this time, you will feel as your skin is getting stretched – but you don’t need to worry as this is normal as the mask is drying up on your skin. Let the mask remain there for at least 15 minutes, until the mask dries out thoroughly.
(v) For removing the dry mask, a better way is using an exfoliating cloth soaked with warm water. It helps to cleanse your skin easily and offers you a much better exfoliation. Then rinse your face with cool water and pat your skin dry.
(vi) Finish with applying moisturizing natural oil such as Sukin Rosehip oli or you can use your favorite moisturizer.
2. Green Clay Mask For Acne Prone Skin: For acne prone skin you need an acne-specific mask such as like this:
You will need:
(i) Aloe vera gel: 3 tablespoons, preferably freshly squeezed
(ii) Dry orange peel powder: 1/2 teaspoon
(iii) Natural Essential Oil: a couple of drops (lavender or tea tree oil)
(iv) Green clay powder: as needed
Method: Mix all the ingredients together and stir well until you get a smooth, homogenous spreadable paste.
For directions on how to apply, follow the procedure as given in the 1st mask.
Where To Buy French Green Clay?
You can buy green clay at natural product shops or health stores. You can also buy French green clay or other varieties on line at Amazon or eBay.
Use the above green clay mask recipes to cleanse your face and above all revitalize your facial skin.
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