Clay mask with bentonite clay for gorgeous skin

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Deep cleaning your skin with a clay mask doesn’t just have to happen at the spa.

Making a DIY clay mask is super simple and will leave your skin feeling refreshed and revived.

We’re going to use bentonite clay in our recipes today. There are many different options out there, but bentonite is inexpensive, easy to find, and offers lots of benefits. Bentonite clay is a fine clay that comes from volcanic ash aged over time. Originally it was sourced from  Montmorillon, France (known as montmorillonite clay) but was also found in Fort Benton, Wyoming – hence bentonite clay.

According to Medical News Today, Scientists believe that bentonite clay works by adsorbing oils and dirt from the skin.The theory is that bentonite clay adsorbs materials by sticking to their molecules or ions. As the clay leaves the body, it takes the toxin or other molecules with it.

This adsorbent power may be helpful in treating acne breakouts and oily skin. The clay can help remove sebum, or oil, from the skin’s surface, and it may also have a calming effect on inflamed breakouts.

Bentonite clay offers other benefits as well. It is know to cleanse and detoxifiy the skin, unclog and minimize pores, even and tone the skin plus it can firm and heal the skin, giving even aging skin a new lease on life

How do you make a clay mask?

The most simplest of masks are just 1 part clay/1 part liquid, but we can add in some ingredients for additional benefits. I would say the one thing to be mindful of with bentonite clay is that it can be drying. We can add some ingredients to counter that, or be sure to include a moisturizer in your skincare regimen, especially on days you use a clay mask.

To use a clay mask, combine ingredients until they form a smooth paste. Apply to face (avoid eyes and mouth. Seems obvious, but you never know). Leave on until dry and wash off with warm water. If you make too much (bentonite clay expands as you add liquid), store in airtight container in the fridge.

DIY Clay Face Mask on Sally

Helpful Tips:

  • Use these masks once a week. This prevents your skin from getting too dry or irritated
  • Mix masks in a non-metallic bowl. The metal takes away some of the beneficial qualities of the bentonite clay.
  • If you tend to have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to spot test on a small area before you use all over your face.
  • Replace bentonite clay with white kaolin clay if you have especially sensitive skin as it is the mildest of all the clays.

You can create your own face mask combos or use our favorite recipes below.

 Good options for liquids: Aloe vera, infused carrier oils (especially calendula infused!), hydrosols (rose, lavender, lemon balm), freshly brewed tea, banana, avocado…… to name a few

Other add-ins that offer skin benefits:

Other types of clay, activated charcoal, matcha, turmeric powder, ground lavender, essential oils (such as lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, rosemary)

For an amazing spa experience at home, start with a steam treatment, use your mask, do a foot soak, treat your hair, dry brush, and then relax in a bath. Afterwards tone and moisturize your skin. You’ll feel like a million dollars.

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DIY Clay Face Masks

Bentonite clay face masks are simple ways to take care of your skin.
Keyword: diy, essential oils, face mask, skincare


  • bentonite clay
  • liquids (water, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, etc.)
  • essential oils
  • jojoba or other carrier oils


  • Simple and Fantastic
    This combo is so simple, but gives great results. The clay removes impurities and the vinegar helps maintain a healthy PH balance.
    1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay
    1 Tablesppon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Deep Cleaning
    Calendula is known for its ability to soothe and hydrate the skin. 
    1 Tablesppon bentonite clay
    1 tablespoon witch hazel (calendula infused would be amazing here)
    1 teaspoon ground calendula flowers
    2 drops clary sage essential oil.
  • Soothing Mask
    Soothes and refreshes dry or irritated skin
    2 tablespoons bentonite clay
    1 tablespoon warm water
    1 teaspoon jojoba oil (can substitute grapeseed)
    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    2 drops tea tree essential oil
    2 drops peppermint essential oil

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