Let’s Make a Clay Mask

29 03 2012

Enjoying Spa Quality Clay Facials at Home

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Clays have been used for centuries as a natural agent to help beautify the skin. Clays have the ability to absorb excess oils, dirt and harmful toxins from the skin. Powdered clay is used as the basis for the facial masks and body masks offered by spas. The benefits are enhanced when powdered herbs and nutritives are included in the facial mask recipe. Applying facial masks in a gentle circular motion exfoliates, cleans and invigorates the skin while improving blood circulation. Home facial products such as Burt’s Bees Healthy Treatment Pore Refining Mask, for instance, contain powdered clay and herbs. If you would like to enjoy the benefits of clay facials on a regular basis, products like these can become expensive. It, however, is easy and affordable to make clay facials at home by using a few simple ingredients.

Clays come from various regions of the world but some are preferred in skin care for their unique properties. The mineral content and physical structure of each clay determines the effect it has on the skin. Most clays have the ability to absorb toxins and excess oils from the skin but they differ in their level of absorption. Regular use of clay facials will remove dead skin cells, improve circulation to the skin, remove debris from the pores and bring about a smooth, healthy glow.

Clays that are suitable for dry, sensitive or normal skin are Pink Kaolin, White Kaolin, Yellow Kaolin, and Rose. Clays that are suitable for oily skin are Bentonite, French Green, Green Illite, Red Kaolin, Blue Montmorillonite, Red Montmorillonite, Moroccan Red, and Multani Mitti (Indian Fullers Earth). Clays that are suitable for all skin types are Dead Sea, Rhassoul and Sea clays.

When purchasing clays, be sure to purchase clays that are cosmetic or medicinal grade. Technical grade clays often have dangerously high content levels of lead and should be avoided. Cosmetic clays, herbs, nutritives and jars can be purchased through From Nature With Love: www.fromnaturewithlove.com.

Clays are frequently used in facials, but they can also be added to handmade body powders and soaps. Cosmetic clays come in beautiful hues including pink, deep red, light sage green, yellow, white, gray and blue. This array of colors also makes them a popular choice for use as a natural colorant in bath salts and other handcrafted beauty products.

The following facial mask recipe is easy to make and can be customized to suit specific skin types and personal preferences.

Clay Facial Mask Recipe

  • 2-3 oz. cosmetic clay
  • 1-2 oz. powdered herbs or nutritives
  • water or hydrosol
  • 1-2 drops essential oil added at the time of application (optional)

Choose cosmetic clays and herbs that are suitable for your skin type. Citrus peel powder adds astringency, rose petal powder adds fragrance, yellow sandalwood powder helps dry skin and neem powder helps acne. Other nourishing ingredients include milk powder, honey powder and oatmeal. Mix the powdered ingredients to make 4 oz. of dry clay facial and store in a 4 oz. jar. Clay facial masks should not be stored pre-mixed with water or any other wetting agent. To use, add approximately 1/2 oz. of the dry clay facial blend to a small bowl. Mix enough warm water, milk, yogurt or hydrosol to make a paste. If desired, add 1-2 drops of essential oil such as lavender, geranium or sandalwood. Apply to the skin in a gentle, circular motion, and allow the mask to dry for about 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water. If the skin feels tight, a light oil such as camelina can be applied. Experiment with other wetting agents. Strawberry puree will act like an alpha-hydroxy. Cucumber puree cools the skin, yogurt cools and softens the skin, and milk removes dead skin cells and softens the skin.

FromNatureWithLove.com offers the cosmetic clays, herbs, nutritives, and packaging supplies described within this article. For more information, please visit www.fromnaturewithlove.com.

During a Surfing Expedition this morning I ran across the article below from FNWL and it has insopried me to start looking at adding some facial masks to my various lines.  I am thinking maybe a facial mask for oily skin in a citrus, one for dry skin in a floral or nature, and finally a spicy or tropical one for normal skin.  I hope to get on this within the next 30 days or so and have a final product on the site.  Stay tuned for the latest endeavors.  Boy how I love the creation!

Announcement – Soon to come!

12 03 2012

I am within one week of announcing some new products for my loyal and new clients.  Here is a breakdown of what is to come.

Young Bamboo Fresh – a facial serum that will knock your socks off and get rid of a couple of other things you would like to forget you have.  LOL

Oceans 4 – no it is not a movie starring beautiful people, but it will leave your skin beautiful, your tootsies fabulous, and your senses charmed and calmed.

Where Did It Go (WDIG) – this body oil in different scents to match your mood and desires will keep you soft and silky, never oily, and leave you wondering “Where Did It Go”

I want to thank all my colleagues on Linked In who helped me name Young Bamboo Fresh.  I appreciate your inputs tremendously.

Krystle Skin – A New Specialty Line

2 03 2012

I am pleased to announce that we are almost ready with a new luxury line developed exclusively for Krystle Skin.  The products we are formulating for Krystle Kelly, a model and entrepreneur from California, will be based on three lines; a Lotus Lie, a Tiare Line, and a Rose Line.  The products have been in development and testing for about two months and we are now in the final phases of solidifying the signature scents.  All of the scents derived in all three lines are created using Essential Oils and other natural products, there are no synthetic fragrances allowed.

The Tiare line will be the deepest line with butters, and creams, foaming sugar scrub gentle enough for your face, bath salts, bath milks, body oils and bath oils just to name a few.  The signature scent for this line is based on Monoi de Tahiti.  This oil is truly fabulous.  It is made in Tahiti with pure coconut oil infused with the Tiare Flower which is a gardenia from French Polynesia.  It is sweet and subtle and imparts so many benefits.  Additions will be Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and the slightest touch of citrus.  This is a sweet gentle and yet subtle flower scent that will invoke visions of the islands without that “suntan” smell.  This line will meet all the requirements for certification as Monoi de Tahiti.

The Lotus Line is the intensive treatment line.  Lotus is a very unique and exotic fragrance that can only be found in the true absolutes from the east.  There is an intensive facial serum with Argan, Camellia, Meadowfoam, and B-3 among other goodies to help prevent aging.  It is never too early to take great care of your skin.  If you are 20, 30, 40 and beyond this serum will do wonders for your skin’s elasticity, cell regeneration, moisture, and wrinkle reduction or prevention.  There will also be a companion facial cleanser made with Shea butter in a souffle style matrix so that you may easily use simply your fingers to cleanse the face and not have to pull and drag the skin with a pouf or wash cloth.

The Rose line will be based on Rose Otto which is the purest Rose scent available.  It is not overwhelmingly Rose like some of the products you see on the shelves made with fragrance.  We will have one very unique product in this line called Rose Petals.  These are real live Rose petals dipped in a clear moisturizing Rose soap and dried to be used one petal at a time.  You have never seen anything like this and will make a truly unique gift or guest bath addition.  A toner will be in this line with Rose and Carrot Seed and Chamomile and NO alcohol.

So as you can see we have been very busy lately in development of this new exclusive luxury line for Krystle Skin.  You will be able to find my products only at www.KrystleSkin.com.  I will have a link to this website permanently on my web page so you can easily find them.  These products have intrigued me and I will be developing some of the same type products such as bath salts, and body oils for my own lines in citrus, earthy notes, and different flowery notes for all of you who love these lines already.

I am very excited about this project and hope that all my followers will try some of them when we are all done and they are ready for sale.  Keep awake and watch the blog or my website www.MBABodyEssential.com for announcements and new products.

Have a great Weekend,