This past week I whipped up an awesome clay mud mask. I was in the mood for a DIY skin care project and wanted something that felt hydrating and rejuvenating. A busy life can easily lead to an overlook of the largest organ in our body…our skin! Plus, during the dry winter months you can’t help but want to pamper your skin and give it a little TLC. I ended up creating a super easy clay mud mask that you could throw together even on the busiest of days. It would be the perfect end to a busy day to wind down for the evening. It would also be a great addition to a home spa day pamper session.
Lavender Bentonite Clay Mask
2 Tbsp. bentonite clay
5 Tbsp. pure aloe
2-3 drops pure lavender essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients together and you’ll be set to go. For an added kick you can put the clay mud mix in the fridge to chill before you apply it. I used my fingers to smear a decent amount evenly around my face and down my neck. Be careful to not get the mask in your eyes and wear clothing that you are okay with possibly getting mud mask on. This would be great to use when you are planning on taking a soothing bath or before you hop in a shower. Leave your mask on for 15-30 minutes and then wash off. I like washing it off with a bowl of lavender infused water. It the perfect addition to this cleansing ritual and makes it feel extra spa like.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay
-soothing for dry, irritated skin
-calming effect helps reduce itching that is associated with skin irritation
-has been used for blemishes, insect bites, burns, eczema, and psoriasis
-can be used as a cleansing product that removes toxins from the face and body
Benefits of Aloe
-anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
-supports skin cell regeneration
-soothing and moisturizing to dry, flaky skin
-has a cooling effect, which can be very soothing for irritated skin
Benefits of Lavender
-calming scent that helps relax and ease the nervous system
-calming effect is also helpful if you are having sleep difficulties
-antiseptic and antifungal properties
-helpful in reducing acne, inflammation, and irritation of skin
After reading all of the possible benefits of these ingredients, you can’t help but want to slather this calming and cleansing mask on your face…or anywhere on your body for that matter. I think it’s so cool that you can create a perfect spa experience at home, without the hefty price. This recipe makes about 3 face masks worth of clay. You’ll be so surprise at how creamy and velvety this mask is. I loved it because my skin is so sensitive and this mask was so calming and cooling. I added about 5 drops of pure organic lavender oil to a bowl of steamy water to wash my mask off…talk about a DREAM. You are smoothing off this extra velvety mask and all you can smell is the light, delicate scent of lavender. It’s like a mini vacation in the comfort of your own home. A good portion of my skin care products are from Aura Cacia and Frontier Natural Products Co-op. I’ve never been disappointed with a product and I like knowing that I’m using great quality skin care goodies. Other companies can be so sneaky with their products and ingredients. No secrets here, just pure skin care delight.
If you haven’t made a clay mud mask before, you’ll have to give this recipe a try! Click here to purchase your own bentonite clay.