Make your own Custom DIY Herbal Clay Mask and Scrub. Achieve healthy, balanced, glowing skin by using herbs and clay specific to your skin type!
How to Make a Custom DIY Herbal Clay Mask and Scrub
Today I’m going to show you how to make a totally custom DIY face mask and scrub using clay and herbs.
I’m a big believer in using clay to help achieve glowing, healthy, balanced skin. And herbs are powerful skin healers. When you combine the right clay and herbs for your specific skin, you’ve got yourself a high potency, power combination that will balance, restore and rejuvenate the skin to a healthy, clear, radiant state.
Benefits of Clay for Skincare
Clay has the unique ability to naturally cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the skin with minerals. Clay penetrates deep into the skin to act like a magnet for toxins and impurities. It also promotes circulation which helps with healthy cell turnover so you can experience healthy, balanced skin.
Regular use of clay can remove dead skin cells, remove dirt and impurities from the pores, improve circulation and bring a smooth, healthy glow to the skin.
I’ve been using clay for my skincare for years and love what it’s done for my skin. Clay makes my skin so clear, smooth, soft and radiant. It truly makes my skin glow. Love it!
Skin Benefits of Clay:
- gently exfoliates
- removes toxins and impurities from skin
- promotes circulation
- reduces appearance and tightens pores
- reduces inflammation
- deep cleanses
- brightens skin
- accelerates healing
- balances skin
How to Make a Custom DIY Herbal Clay Mask and Scrub:
Step 1: Pick a clay base
Clays are very effective for achieving balanced, healthy skin. But not all clays work the same, which is why it’s important to choose the correct clay for your skin type.
Some clays like bentonite and french green clay can work wonders for oily skin and acne, but they would be far too drying for mature and dry skin types.
Here are my favorite types of clay and their benefits. Pick the best one for your skin type:
Kaolin Clay is the gentlest of facial clays and suited for all skin types. It’s even gentle enough for sensitive and mature skin. Kaolin clay provides mild exfoliation while nourishing and preventing the skin from becoming overly dry.
Best for: normal, sensitive, and/or dry and/or mature skin types
Bentonite clay works extremely well at drawing out impurities and excess oil from the skin. It’s mostly recommended for oily and acne skin types because of its drawing properties and ability to unclog pores. It deep cleanses, helps reduce the appearance of pores and eliminates blackheads. Bentonite clay promotes blood circulation and is rich in minerals which brings healing and regeneration to the skin.
Best for: oily and/or acne prone skin types
French Green Clay
French green clay is like a magnet for skin impurities. It stimulates blood flow to the skin, removes oil and impurities and exfoliates dead skin cells. It unclogs pores, removes excess oil and tightens the skin.
Best for: oily skin types
Rhassoul clay contains a high concentration of natural minerals so it’s extremely nourishing and healing to the skin. It replenishes depleted minerals in the skin which results in a more even toned completion. Rhassoul clay also provides gentle exfoliation which will improve skin clarity, firmness and texture. It has the ability to gently draw out impurities while also hydrating the skin.
Best for: normal, dry and/or mature skin types
Step 2: Pick 2 to 4 herbs
Herbs are natural skin healers. Listed below are my favorite herbs for skincare.
Pick 2 to 4 herbs from this list for your custom DIY mask and scrub.
Best Herbs for Skincare:
Calendula is one of the most well recognized herbs for skin healing properties. It’s anti-inflammatory and skin healing benefits can help calm down acne prone skin. Calendula is incredibly soothing and nourishing to all skin types.
Best for: most skin types and/or acne prone and/or dry and/or sensitive skin skin types
Chamomile is known to calm and soothe irritated skin, making it very effective for those with acne. It also has strong emollient properties that dry skin can benefit from.
Best for: acne prone and/or dry and/or sensitive skin types
Rose petals have moisturizing and nourishing properties that bring balance to skin. They are rich in anti-aging properties that help prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Rose is known to nourish, hydrate and even out skin tone.
Best for: dry and/or sensitive and/or mature skin types.
Lavender balances oil production and stimulates new cell growth. It brings balance, nourishment and healing to all skin types.
Best for: all skin types
Green Tea Leaves
Green tea leaves have potent antioxidant qualities to improve aging skin. The antioxidants in green tea have the unique ability to counter the effects of sun damaged skin.
Best for: mature skin types
Hibiscus is one of my very favorite plants for mature skin because it has dramatic wrinkle smoothing properties. In fact, it’s known as the “natural botox plant.” Hibiscus also evens out texture and improves skin elasticity.
Best for: mature and/or dry skin types.
Chickweed is my favorite spring and fall wild edible plant. It’s found abundantly in the wild (usually growing right in your yard!) and it’s a wonderful rejuvenator for the skin. It’s gentle, soothing and healing.
Best for: most skin types and/or sensitive skin and/or damaged skin types
Plantain is another wild edible that’s found literally everywhere. If you have a yard, I’ll bet money that you have plantain! I can attest to the healing skin benefits of plantain – it’s wonderful! Plantain has strong anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and anti-scarring properties, making it perfect for those experiencing acne and damaged skin.
Best for: acne and/or damaged skin types
Find Plantain HERE. Or better yet, in your backyard 🙂
Red Clover is a very common wild plant that’s been used for centuries to heal damaged skin. It’s also been studied and shown to slow down the process of aging skin so it can help maintain vibrant, youthful looking skin. Red Clover also boosts circulation to help with healing and healthy cell turnover.
Best for: mature and/or damaged skin types
Basil is a well known anti-aging remedy in the herbal world because of the high antioxidant content that helps prevent free radicals from damaging skin cells. It also has good anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which help acne prone skin.
Best for: acne prone and/or mature skin types
Rosemary helps strengthen the capillaries and improves dull and mature skin. It also helps protect the skin from damage caused by the sun and free radicals.
Best for: mature skin types
Studies show that thyme has antibacterial properties greater than benzoyl peroxide, which is the active ingredient in anti-acne preparations. It also soothes and heals irritated skin.
Best for: acne prone skin.
Step 3: Grind herbs to powder
Grind your herbs of choice into a fine powder using a coffee grinder or food processor. We’re using a 1 part clay to 1 part herbs ratio. So if you want to make 1/2 cup of this mask/scrub, grind the herbs until they equal 1/4 cup total.
Step 4: Combine clay with herbs
Combine herbs with clay using a 1 part clay to 1 part herbs ratio. (When working with clay, it’s best to use wooden or plastic utensils. Using metal will make the clay less effective.)
For example, 1/4 cup clay to 1/4 cup mixed herbs.
Directions To Use Your Custom DIY Herbal Clay Mask and Scrub:
- Mix 1 teaspoon mask/scrub to 1/2 teaspoon water (use more or less water, as needed, until a paste forms).
- Using circular motions, rub entire face, avoiding the eyes and mouth for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Rinse off if using a scrub or leave on for 15-20 minutes for a mask. Rinse well and moisturize. Enjoy your radiant skin! 🙂
Tips for your Custom DIY Herbal Clay Mask and Scrub:
This mask and scrub keeps indefinitely in a dark, dry location like a cabinet or drawer.
Also, a little goes a long way! 1/2 cup of this mask and scrub will last for a year or more!
Dry, mature and sensitive skin can use this as a mask 1 time per week or as a scrub 2-3 times a week.
Oily, acne prone and normal skin can use this as a mask 2 times per week or as a scrub 4 times a week.
A lot of merchants and homemade skincare businesses make my skincare recipes to sell. This scrub and mask would be an especially great one to sell! It’s high potency, very high quality, achieves wonderful results and it keeps indefinitely when stored properly. It also makes a wonderful gift!
Today I made a rose petal, hibiscus, calendula and lavender clay mask and scrub with kaolin clay. It smells SO divine! Because of the specific properties in the clay and herbs I chose, this mask is perfect for my current skin care needs! It will help keep my skin youthful, nourished, balanced and hydrated. Love!