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Time for another DIY day, and today, I'm making masks - my favorite, with Pure Mud! If you've never slathered some clay all over your face, then you are missing out. I have a few tips and tricks, and some of my favorite things to add to a mask to tell you about today, too!
Mark & Jo's Pure Mud is pretty pure - like 100% pure. It's Natural Calcium Bentonite, and nothing else. Bentonite clay gets a natural electrical charge when mixed with water, but that charge isn't going to shock you. It creates a natural magnet for all the dirt and debris that are lodged in your pores. That's why it's such a great mask, and it's also good for adding to bath water and foot soaks.
There's supposed to be a scoop in there, but I haven't found it. I actually just used the lid as a scoop, and it worked just fine!
That's one of the best things about DIY'ing your own mask - you can add whatever ingredients your skin likes, and whatever scents you like.
When working with dry clay, I don't recommend adding water straight to the clay. If you've ever tried to make gravy by adding cornstarch to a liquid, you'll know why not! It tends to lump up, and you have to work harder to get the lumps out. I usually find that clay dissolves really well in Apple Cider Vinegar, but it also dispersed perfectly when I added it straight to the Aloe first, mixed it well, and then added the other ingredients. Even when I added more clay, it mixed in with no lumps because there was a nice base mixture.
Here's another masking tip that you can use with any mask, whether you DIY or not - use a toner before you mask. I love to spray on either a Rosewater or Herbal water toner first - toners usually help topicals go deeper into the skin, which is what we want a mask to do, too. Also, it keeps the mask wetter longer, and a dry mask doesn't do anything for your skin. You can use the toner to periodically re-wet the mask to keep it working!
|I was inspired by the gradient on this packaging to do my own! I started with Zoya Pippa at the cuticle line, and went to Butter London Sozzled towards the tip. I layered Glitter Gal Soft Transitions Green over it all to give it a little shimmer.|
Do you DIY your own clay masks? Do you like straight clay and water, or what are your favorite things to add to it?