Get Stuck in the Mud with Clay Facials
Why not give yourself a clay facial at home? Clay absorbs up to 200 times its weight in water. When clay is made into a paste and put on the face it not only pulls out impurities but it also moisturizes.
Clays make the perfect base for a facial and can be used on their own merit, but why not make them special with unique liquids, fragrance or herbs for even more natural elements for the face? Try using aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar or floral waters mixed with the clay. Herbs and essential oils when added to the clay create a scented mask of luxury.
A basic recipe includes 2-3 oz. of clay with 1-2 oz. of powdered herbs added. Some herbs to try with the clay are finely ground chamomile, marigold, calendula petals and peppermint leaves, lavender and marshmallow root. Ground Comfrey root, ginger root and slippery elm bark are good for dry skin. Rose petal powder adds some fragrance and citrus peel powder is good for astringency. Neem powder has an anti-bacterial quality for acne and oatmeal or milk powders soothe the skin.
Full body masks of clay are quite popular in spas and should be applied approximately one inch thick or less over the body parts, avoiding sensitive areas like the eyes and mouth. It will take at least an hour to dry so this is a perfect time to listen to music, or do meditation. Add aromatherapy to the experience by diffusing lavender, sandalwood, and orange into the air. Shower off the mask when dry (the clay will not harm drains).
By Beverly Hlavka, from Wise Woman Herbal Ezine