In general, skincare differs for every skin type. You would use a different moisturizer for dry, flaky skin than you would for an oily, possibly acne-ridden skin type.
The same applies to facial masks. A clay face mask for oily skin will differ from a clay face mask for dry skin.
There are other considerations as well. For example, even though all acne sufferers have oily skin, not all individuals who have oily skin will suffer from acne.
This has to be considered when you decide to select and make a facial mask.
In this particular situation, one has to be sure that the selected face mask for oily skin is not going to irritate and cause harm to a face ridden with acne.
Clay Mask for Oily Acne Prone Skin
You also have to make sure that you are not allergic to the face mask you are making.
Much of the time our face mask recipes utilize food type of ingredients or other ingredients that may cause allergies in different individuals.
Before you use the mask, always test it on an inconspicuous spot to ensure you are not allergic to it.
Today I would like to share with you 2 basic recipes of clay face masks for oily skin.
1. French Green Clay Face Mask For Oily Skin
All you need to know about facial clay is described in the article about the types of clay for the face mask.
The best clay face mask for oily skin is made from the green clay. Both, the French green clay and Bentonite green clay are suitable.
Because of the mineral composition of the clays, do not use metal utensils to prepare the masks.
The minerals may react with the metals of your utensils. Also Read: Simple Tips to Look Beautiful Naturally Everyday Without Makeup
- 1 tablespoon of the French green clay powder
- 1-2 tablespoons of spring, distilled or filtered water
- 1 teaspoon of witch hazel (great for oily skin) – optional; if you choose to add witch hazel reduces the amount of water by a teaspoon.
- Place the clay powder in a glass bowl
- Add water slowly while stirring.
- (Add witch hazel at the same time if you decide to use it)
- Mix until a smooth paste is formed. If it is too runny add a bit more of the clay if it is too thick add a bit of water.
- (The consistency should be somewhere between ice cream and yogurt)
- Apply to clean dry face
- Gently massage the clay face mask onto your face with your fingertips. Start at your chin and work it up to your forehead (the massaging motion will enhance the circulation). Avoid the eye area and your lips.
- This face mask will harden, it is important to be still (don’t talk)
- Leave on your face 10 – 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water. You can use tap water
- Rinse off with mineral, spring or filtered water.
- This mask will deep-cleanse your skin, draw out impurities, will firm your skin and tighten your pores. Use the mask no more than once per week.
2.Bentonite Green Clay Face Mask For Oily Skin
The second green clay face mask uses Bentonite clay. Bentonite is also a green clay, but this one comes from Death Valley in California.
For a nominal cost, this clay powder can be purchased online at Amazon under the name: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. This mask does not use water.
Instead, the mask uses apple cider vinegar. The mask powder is very basic and the apple cider vinegar is acidic. The two balance each other out. Also Read: How to Whiten Underarms Fast Naturally at Home
- Place the clay powder in a glass bowl
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- few drops of orange oil (optional and only for the purpose to mask the smell of the apple cider vinegar)
- I suggested 1 1/2 tablespoons but the important point is that the amount of clay and vinegar should be equal
- Gradually add ACV to the clay while stirring
- Mix until the mixture turns into a creamy paste
- If you find it too runny add some more of the clay. The mixture should be thick enough to stick to your face but not too thick.
- Apply the mask to a dry clean face at about 1/4 inch thick
- If your face is combination skin, i.e. oily only on your T-zone (chin, nose, forehead) only apply the mask to the T-zone)
- Avoid the eye area, the lips and the hairline (you may be pulling your hair when you take the clay off)
- The mask will harden ( if it does not harden you made it too thin, next time use a bit more of the clay)
- Leave it on for 20 minutes
- Try not to laugh or talk; when the mask will harden you will hardly be able to move your face
- As your mask will dry you will feel a pulling and tightening sensation. Also, you will feel your face pulsate. This is normal
To remove the mask is a bit tricky. You want to soften the clay with water.
You can do so by splashing warm water on your face or you can apply a wet warm towel on your face for a minute or two.
The clay has to re-hydrate before you can safely take it off. Also, make sure that the clay that you remove does not go into your drain pipes. It will clog up your drain.
After you remove the face mask your face will be red for about 30 minutes. That is normal.
This mask sounds like a cumbersome undertaking. To a degree, it is but the Bentonite clay face mask is heavenly and worth all the effort.
After, your skin will feel soft, smooth and glowing. This clay face mask for oily skin is also excellent for acne-prone skin.
Word of caution: please do not use this or other clay face masks if you have raw inflamed acne lesions, or if your face is sunburned or otherwise irritated.
I would love to hear from anyone that decided to use these face masks. What did you think? Share your thoughts and experience via our comments.