French green clay is a completely natural alternative to prepackaged face masks full of preservatives and synthetic ingredients. This stuff will really work some magic on oily and acne-prone skin, absorbing tons of oil and leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin, too.
1 tbsp French Green Clay
1/2 tbsp grapefruit juice (or carrot juice, if you have dry patches)
1 tsp honey
Drop of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Mix the clay with the grapefruit juice and then add the honey and the essential oil, if using. Smooth the mixture onto your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes, or until it dries completely. Gently remove it with a warm wet washcloth.
You can use this face mask up to twice a week; avoid using it more often than that or you may experience some dryness and irritation. If your skin is extra sensitive, use water instead of grapefruit juice. You can add a little extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to the mixture if you need some extra moisture. The great thing about getting pure French green clay is you can experiment a bit and find a formula that’s just right for your skin. Some ideas for additions include eggs, banana, shea butter, rosewater, yogurt, avocado and green tea.
French green clay can typically be found at health food stores and can be purchased online, or you can just use the Burt’s Bees Pore Refining Mask powder, which contains some extra ingredients but can be substituted for pure French green clay in the recipe above.