A couple of weeks ago I ran out of both of my favourite clay masks, REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask and Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque. Just before pressing order on new tubes of both, I thought it might finally be time to give a DIY mask a try.
I’ve tried DIY masks before but only in the context of sleepovers as a teenager, raiding the kitchen for oats, avocados and honey to come up with some slimy concoction that slid off our faces after couple of minutes. This time I had a look at the label of my favourite mask and found that the ingredients were really quite cheap (the clay in particular which is about £2 per 200g but I recommend going for the most refined you can find), and easy, to get hold of. The only thing I skipped was the rather scary sounding ‘methylchloroisothiazolinone’ and ‘methylisothiazolone’, both preservatives, and alcohol – all of which I was more than happy not to have in my mask, but I would suggest keeping to small batches as a result. I ordered all of the ingredients via Amazon and eBay and, with the exception of the lavender and Rosehip oil which I already had, they came to about £23. It feels like quite a lot to order initially, but there is enough here for literally hundreds of applications and they’re all useful for other DIY beauty experiments too.
For about three applications worth, you will need:
1.5 tsp Water
1 tsp Kaolin Clay
0.5 tsp Calcium Bentonite Clay
0.5 tsp Aloe Vera Juice or Gel (make sure there’s nothing added)
0.5 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
10 drops Evening Primrose Oil
10 drops Rosehip Oil
8 drops Lavender Oil
5 drops Chamomile Oil
5 drops Parsley Seed Oil
Put all of the ingredients into a glass or plastic bowl and mix thoroughly with a non-metal utensil until it forms a smooth paste. You may need more or less water depending on how absorbant your clays are and you can also reduce the essential oil content if you’re aware of sensitivities. Store in an airtight glass or plastic container (I’ve been keeping mine at room temperature and it’s been fine). I recommend using an old foundation brush to apply it so you can give it a slight stir before applying, although the glycerine seems to keep it all together.
The scent and results are very similar to the readymade version, although the texture is slightly less refined. As the mask dries it can feel quite tight, but the oil content left my skin looking and feeling really moisturised, clear and soft. I’ll definitely be whipping up another batch once this runs out.