The other week I tested all those face masks, and came to the conclusion that they were all fairly comparable, except for in price, and that the best solution would be to make my own. I ordered up some clay powder from iHerb at a very affordable price, and deliberated over which liquid to mix it with, until the Linden Leaves Miraculous Facial Oil* arrived. It’s designed for all skin types and the internet is always telling me to counter-intuitively put oil on my oily skin, so I did.
I used the Now Solutions European Clay Powder, which is 100% montmorillonite clay (bentonite clay is made up largely of montmorillonite). It was about $5 USD, which is a bargain considering you get a big ol’ tub and I only needed to use a teaspoon for one mask.
It looks like there’s more than a teaspoon in this bowl. That’s because there is. I changed my mind and put about half of it back into the tub. I also totally winged it with the oil – I think it ended up being about three droppers’ worth, but there’s no point prescribing a recipe for you guys. It’s like making icing. Add a tiny bit at a time, until it’s the right consistency.
I chose to use the Linden Leaves oil because, well, I had it, and because it offered more than just using plain water. It’s largely rosehip and evening primrose oils, both of which are super good for your skin; if you have pure rosehip oil on hand, you could use that. Facial oils are generally stacked with antioxidants, which help with skin regeneration, but if your skin is sensitive to oils, the directions on the clay tub say you can use plain water instead.
The mask doesn’t look particularly beautiful in consistency or colour. It looks like baby poop, but it smells much nicer. I found it didn’t dry down completely, although I suspect it may have done if I’d used water instead of oil. Regardless, it made a marked difference in the texture of my skin, which felt softer after I washed this off.
This DIY clay mask isn’t the most powerful of skin treatments, but it’s quick, easy and affordable, and there’s no mess! I also think it’s a nice way to incorporate a facial oil into your skincare routine without overpowering your skin.
What do you think about DIY face masks? Would you give this a go?