DIY face mask for sensitive skin – pamper your skin with a homemade facial using this 2-ingredient face mask recipe made with Moroccan red clay.
At the beginning of the year I shared a 2-ingredient face mask made with European clay that I couldn’t get enough of. In that post I mentioned trying a new mask made specifically for sensitive skin. I’ve used both clay powders for a few months now and have found that I slightly prefer this mask recipe I’m sharing with you today.
I’ll start by saying; my skin has changed a lot over the last ten years. In my teens and early 20’s my skin was very oily. Those little white tissue papers you use to blot your face with were my best friend. No joke, I kept them with me at all times. Fast-forward to having my third baby and my skin is the complete opposite. These days I’m fighting a major battle with dry skin. California doesn’t get very cold but the winter months were brutal on my skin. In addition to my drastically changing moisture issue, I’ve noticed a lot of acne around my cheekbones, forehead, and nose. Ummm…not cute! It really should be against the rules of nature to have acne after your teens, I’m c’mon didn’t we suffer enough? I’ve taken a look at my diet, makeup products and tried new things here & there to help keep my skin clear. One of the most beneficial things I’ve done is apply a face mask regularly. While I cleanse my face day and night, I think my skin needs the deep cleaning a mask provides to really remove makeup residue. This mask is great for all skin types, but especially those with sensitive skin.
If you’ve never tried a clay mask you’ll find that it’s a weird sensation when the clay begins to harden. You’ll feel a lot of tightening and pulling, don’t be alarmed! This is normal and you’ll see when the mask is removed that your pores will appear smaller because of this.
Moroccan Red Clay Powder
Sweet Almond Oil
Step one: in a small bowl (a disposable cup or bowl works great for this) mix 1 ½ tablespoons of the Moroccan clay powder with 1 tablespoon almond oil. You could use a teaspoon of water instead but the almond oil really helps lock in moisture. If your mixture is too thick add a few more drops of almond oil until it’s a spreadable paste.
Step two: quickly apply over face and neck, making sure to avoid the eye area. You can use a clean makeup brush or your fingers to apply the mask. Leave on for 15-20 minutes; remove with warm water and a washcloth if necessary.
While I still use the European clay powder, I prefer the Moroccan because it’s not as drying. That’s another thing, if you have dry skin you don’t want to use a mask too frequently because it can dry out your skin. I haven’t experienced any more dryness than usual with this mask and I love the way my skin looks and feels after using it. Oh, and I always apply a good moisturizing cream immediately after.
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