September 29th, 2016 | Wellness
3 Masks to Try on National Mud Pack Day
In case you didn't know, it's national Mud Pack Day. To celebrate, we thought we'd share our favorite DIY mud masks with you!
We're all about getting dirty every now and again - and National Mud Pack Day is the perfect excuse to do it! Here are 3 (somewhat) simple DIY mud mask recipes - they're easy to prepare and only require a few ingredients. Whether you're in the mood for a mud bath, a facial, or a spot treatment, try one of these tonight after work for a little spa session at home. Note: clay (a.k.a. mud) will need to be purchased, we don't recommend you dig mud up from the backyard!
DEEP CLEANSING HONEY BENTONITE CLAY MUD MASK
Best detoxifying mask. Bentonite clay is clay composed from the ash of volcanos. It is known for its ability to absorb toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. Use this bentonite clay mask for a deep, detoxifying cleanse; adding raw honey to this mix also gives the mask antibacterial properties for an extra deep cleanse!
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
Mix bentonite clay and honey in a bowl and add water as necessary for a thick but spreadable consistency. Let sit for ten minutes (or until the clay has begun to harden), and then rinse and pat dry.
CALMING DEAD SEA MUD MASK
Most calming mask. The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordering Jordan and Israel (we hope you already knew that!). Mud from the Dead Sea is known for its therapeutic qualities, and the lavender and chamomile essential oils in this mask can calm your skin down. This combination of mud, chamomile oil, and lavender oil has anti-inflammatory properties that are great for irritated skin.
- 1/2 cup Dead Sea mud
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops chamomile essential oil
Mix essential oils and mud into a bowl and apply about a tablespoon of the mud gently to your face. Let sit for ten minutes and rinse off
ENERGIZING KAOLIN CLAY MUD MASK FOR OILY SKIN
Fights oily skin. Kaolin clay is the among the gentlest of all clays, and it is highly recommended as a mud mask base for those with oily skin. The infusion of peppermint oil in this mask will energize you, and the cucumber will shrink your pores. This is a great all-around mask for oily skin.
- 1 tablespoon kaolin clay (white, pink, or green)
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil
- Cucumber-infused water
Mix kaolin clay and essential oil with cucumber-infused water for a thick but spreadable consistency. Let sit for ten minutes, or until the clay has begun to harden. Rinse and pat dry.
Don't forget masks aren't limited to your face. You can use them all over your body, for massage, and during baths - though we don't recommend taking a mud bath at home unless your husband is a plumber!
Don't have time to make a DIY mud mask? Herbivore Organics makes the best Cambrian Blue Clay mask we've found (linked below).
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