The beauty of a DIY (Do It Yourself)is that it gives you the freedom to use the most powerful, yet simplest pure ingredients on earth or to mix and match them your other favorite ingredients you may have at home to make and build a skincare routine that best fits your needs.
- Simply chosen clay with Water until it is smooth in texture and apply it to your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes to get the maximum benefits.
- Use it as the first step to build your DIY recipe, mix it with one of your oils or plant-based hydrosols for additional anti-aging and calming benefits to the skin. Try adding some green tea powder, honey, yogourt, whipped egg whites or mayonnaise.
- Add your favorite exfoliator or add some fine salt or sugar with your oil for the perfect anti-oxidant, environmentally friendly scrub.
- It is not recommended to prepackage your masks as the addition of water-based ingredients will require a preservative.
Kaolin clay (China, Lion or white clay) is the mildest of all clays and is used in cosmetic masks and soaps for sensitive skin as well as dry skin. It does not expand with increasing water content.
Rose clay or pink clay is a mild clay which will gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Pink Kaolin Clay does not draw oils from the skin and can, therefore, be used on dry skin types. A facial mask may be used once a week to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin.
French red clay: Unlike some cosmetic clays, red clay moisturizes well and will not easily dry out your skin. Probably not the best skin care clay for oily skin types (use French green clay for that), but it is great for those who suffer from dry skin conditions.
Bentonite clay is composed of volcanic ash sediments that have been weathered over a long period of time. Sodium bentonite clay is known for its swelling properties, as it acts like a sponge when mixed with water. This clay is very popular for facial masks, foot baths, or bath soaking blends.
Dry Characteristics: The dry clay has a neutral scent and a pale, off-white color. The texture is slightly grainy, but it smooths out when pressed between the fingers. While it does leave something of a powdery coating behind when brushed off, the dry clay doesn’t stick to the skin too much.
Wet Characteristics: When wet, the clay paste is off-white in color with a smooth consistency. If liquid is added in too slowly, clumps will form, and the use of a whisk is helpful for keeping a smooth consistency. This wet clay spreads smoothly on skin, and its thick texture is reminiscent of cooked oatmeal.