I am hugely passionate about making my own beauty products and can spend hours playing with ingredients and trying to perfect the recipes! It’s pretty much a certainty that every Sunday I can be found in my laboratory (kitchen) enhancing and elaborating on one of my many DIY beauty creations. Possibly my all time favourite recipe is an Anti-Blemish Mask. It’s a deep cleansing clay-based formula which draws out impurities and gets rid of blackheads/pimples. I absolutely love this mask as it is super effective and really fast to make.
Before applying a face mask you should always cleanse first and then exfoliate so I am also going to include another of my personal DIY creations, my Exfoliating Face Mask . If you want to go one step further then a truly wonderful way to treat yourself is to have a steam facial as it’s so enjoyable and relaxing (Check out my post here where I share one of my favourite recipes)! Doing this steam prior to applying the Anti-Blemish mask really helps your skin fully absorb all the ingredients!
Now down to business, first up is my amazing mask to gently exfoliate your skin before diving into the stunning Anti-Blemish mask recipe!
Exfoliating Face mask
1 tsp Honey (Miel)
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (Bicarbonate de Soude)
1 tsp Hazelnut Oil (Huile de Noisette)
– Honey is amazing for the skin as it possesses several antimicrobial properties and is ultra moisturising
– Bicarbonate of Soda softens the skin by removing dead cells
– Hazelnut oil helps to sooth, soften the skin and clear spots
Directions: blend all the above ingredients and apply the mixture to the face. Gently massage for a few minutes making small circular movements. Then rinse your face clean with warm water.
Once your skin is clean then apply the following mask!
1 tbsp Fullers Earth Clay (Argile Multani Mitti)
1 tbsp Ghassoul Clay
1tsp Orange Powder (optional)
2 ½ tbsp Rosemary Verbenon or Witch Hazel Flower Water (Hydrolat Romarin à Verbénone ou Hamamélis)
1 tsp Hazelnut or Nigella Oil (Huile de Noisette ou Nigelle)
2 drops of Tea Tree or Ravintsara Essential Oil (Huile Essentielle Arbre à thé ou Ravinstare)
2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Huile Essentielle Citron)
– Fullers Earth is one of my favorite clays, I use it the most often because of its ability to absorb oil from your skin and draw out impurities.
– Ghassoul deeply cleanses/purifies the skin, reduces dryness, removes dead skin cells and absorbs oil.
– Orange Powder cleanses the skin, unclogs pores by removing dead cells and gives the skin a fresh radiant complexion.
– Rosemary Verbenon flower water is perfect for acne prone skin. It purifies the skin, prevents the appearance of imperfections and regulates sebum secretion.
– Hazelnut oil helps to get rid of skin problems like acne, pimples or blackheads.
– Tea tree is the most famous essential oil to help fight pimples and acne. You can replace it by Ravintsara which is brilliant for this purpose too.
– Lemon essential oil is an excellent antiseptic.
Directions: mix the 3 powders with the flower water in a small bowl until they form a smooth paste. Add the Hazelnut oil and both essential oils and keep mixing well throughout (do not use any metal implements because it can alter the properties of clay). Next apply the mixture onto your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. As soon as you feel the mask drying out then spray a bit of the flower water into your face. When the time is up rinse the mask off thoroughly with warm water.
I would advise you to apply this mask once a week and if you have sensitive skin only leave it on for around 5 minutes. This is my go to mask whenever I feel like my skin is out of control and it always works miracles. All these ingredients are available on the website Baldwins, Aroma-Zone or Slow Cosmetique. Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think of either mask once you have tried them and don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or comments about the process, recipe or ingredients!