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How to make a homemade facial mud mask

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When the summer comes, my skin always goes haywire… between the sun, the wind, sweat, heat, salt, chlorine, and all the sunscreen, my skin gets bipolar and has no clue what it wants to do on any particular day.. it’s dry it’s oily it’s freckly it’s breaking out.. help!!

My best summer skin hack does wonders and it’s the ONLY THING THAT HELPS ME have better –dare I say even GOOD–skin in the summer. It’s a home made mud mask! (Don’t worry.. they call it mud but it’s actually cosmetic clay!)

This clay mask is cool and it’s soothing and it works! And it’s easy to do. Both men and women can benefit from this healing and detoxifying treatment!! You can buy cosmetic clay at most drugstores or health food stores.

There are so many cosmetic clays on the market. (For sensitive or dry skin, try yellow, white or pink kaolin clay. For oily skin, bentonite clay, blue or red or green clay, red kaolin and Moroccan rhassoul clay work best. For all skin types, dead sea clay will work for making a mud mask and it’s my favorite! I have friends bring it back for me from Israel but you can get it online..

Recipe:

  • Place 1 tablespoon of milk, filtered water or cooled green tea into a bowl. If your skin is dry, use milk. If it’s oily, use water. (Use green tea if you’re looking for an anti-aging effect to combat wrinkles and fine lines.)
  • Add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and mix well Stir in 2 tablespoons of cosmetic clay.
  • Add the clay gradually and stir constantly as you’re adding it.
  • Mix in one egg white and a few drops of chamomile, apricot or rose essential oil. (I use orange oil. Smells so good!)
  • Stir well with a spoon to thoroughly mix all the ingredients.
  • Wash your face well as your normally do, pat dry and then spread the mask onto your face using your fingers.
  • Apply the paste in a thick layer, avoiding the lips and eye areas.
  • Follow up by moisturizing your skin.
  • Leave the mud mask on your face for 10 to 15 minutes till it dries and feels tight.
  • Rinse it off with a washcloth and warm water.

No jokes about how much better I look with all this mud covering up my face.. I’ve made them all already.

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