This easy DIY natural face mask only uses two ingredients: kaolin clay and oatmeal. But don’t let its humble composition fool you! This homemade face mask packs a punch with its ability to both calm the skin and pull dirt, toxins, and other impurities from your pores, leaving you with a natural glow.
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Homemade skin care products are always fun to make, but I tend to gravitate toward the same few recipes over and over for my regular beauty routines. This DIY natural face mask is one of them!
The first time I made this clay and oatmeal face mask, I was instantly hooked. I loved the way it felt on my skin, and I especially loved how my skin looked and felt after I wiped it off.
And as someone who has struggled with insanely sensitive skin her whole life, I really appreciated that it didn’t make my face break out into an itchy red rash like so many other products I’ve tried before. Perhaps that’s because the only two ingredients it calls for – oatmeal and kaolin clay – are gentle and calming for even the most sensitive skin.
But even if you don’t have sensitive skin, I think you’ll still enjoy this recipe and all the good things it has to offer! Let me tell you all about it so you can make your very own natural face mask and ditch the commercial stuff for good.
Also, don’t forget to download the free printable Natural Skin Care Recipe Guide at the end of this post! It includes this recipe and a few others so you can DIY a complete line of natural skin care products.
Why you should make your own homemade face masks
There are plenty of reasons why you should make your own homemade face masks.
First, it’s healthier. You can control the ingredients you put into your face masks, which means you can include the good stuff such as oatmeal, natural clays, and essential oils and leave out the bad stuff such as preservatives, dyes, and harsh chemicals.
That’s right, it’s actually cheaper to make your own face masks! Often, you have all the ingredients you need right in your kitchen. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that!
But if you do need to buy a few other ingredients, the good news is that they’re often pretty cheap and go a lot farther than if you were to buy premade face masks. So even though you might pay a little more up front, you’ll be able to make batch after batch before you run out of ingredients.
You can choose ingredients that work best for your skin type
The beauty of making your own face masks is that you can customize them to suit your particular needs.
- If you have sensitive skin, you can include calming ingredients such as lavender* essential oil and oatmeal.
- If you have dry skin, you can include hydrating ingredients such as jojoba oil and aloe.
- If you have oily skin, you can include drying ingredients such as clay and witch hazel.
- If you have acne-prone skin, you can include antimicrobial ingredients such as coconut oil and tea tree essential oil.
*Note: Even though lavender essential oil is supposed to be very calming for sensitive skin, it is possible to be allergic to it. I am! It makes me break out in an itchy rash if I don’t heavily, heavily, HEAVILY dilute it in a carrier oil. Keep that in mind if you have super sensitive skin. 🙂
Benefits of this clay and oatmeal mask
In addition to the perks I listed above, this clay and oatmeal face mask has a few more benefits to offer.
How oatmeal helps your skin
Oatmeal is incredibly calming and nourishing for your skin. According to Dr. Axe’s article on colloidal oatmeal, it’s moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, and it can calm redness, inflammation, and itchiness. It can also help normalize your skin’s pH level!
How kaolin clay helps your skin
Kaolin clay is one of the gentlest clays out there because it isn’t as drying as other clays. This makes it perfect for sensitive skin and dry skin.
Kaolin clay can absorb excess oil from your skin without over-drying, and it also pulls toxins, dirt, and impurities from your pores.
Is this natural face mask right for your skin type?
In short, yes!
This natural face mask is great for all skin types: sensitive, dry, oily, acne-prone, and aging. The oatmeal and kaolin clay are fantastic ingredients for your skin no matter your skin type.
That being said, this homemade face mask is especially good for sensitive skin and dry skin because of the calming effects of the oatmeal and the gentle action of the kaolin clay.
DIY natural face mask with clay and oatmeal recipe
- Glass or plastic storage container
- Nonmetallic* measuring spoons
- Small nonmetallic* mixing bowl
- Foundation brush or fan brush
For dry mix:
- 2 Tbsp. kaolin clay (you can use bentonite clay if you prefer, but it’s more drying)
- 2 Tbsp. colloidal oatmeal or finely ground oats
When ready to apply:
- ½ tsp. water
- Essential oils of choice (optional)
*Note: I’ve seen mixed information floating around the internet concerning clay and metal. Lots of sources say to not let your clay come in contact with metal (spoons, storage containers, mixing bowls, etc.) because the metal can change the charge of the clay and reduce its efficacy. Other sources say this isn’t true. You can research the topic further if you want, but I try to avoid metal just to be safe.
Mix the clay and oatmeal together in a storage container. When you’re ready to apply your mask, use these steps:
How to use your clay and oatmeal face mask
1. Add 1 tsp. of dry mask mixture to a small bowl. You can add one or two drops of your favorite essential oil at this point if you want.
Here are some essential oils you can use for your particular skin type:
- Tea tree essential oil for oily and acne-prone skin
- Lavender essential oil for sensitive skin
- Frankincense essential oil for aging skin
2. Add ½ tsp. water to the bowl and mix to make a paste.
3. Apply the mud mask to your face with your fingers or a brush. Leave it on for 20 minutes or until it dries.
4. To remove the mask, it helps to splash or spritz water on your face to rehydrate the clay. Then you can wet a washcloth with warm water and gently wipe the mask away.
5. Immediately apply your regular moisturizer or this simple face oil.
I like to use a mud mask about once per week. However, I have used it as much as three times in one week when I had a particularly bad breakout.
Free Printable Natural Skin Care Recipe Guide
And now for that free printable natural skin care recipe guide I promised you earlier! You can get it here.
Final thoughts on this DIY natural face mask
Now you know how to make your very own natural face mask using just two ingredients!
This is my favorite recipe because 1) the oatmeal is gentle on my sensitive skin, and 2) the kaolin clay keeps my skin looking clear and vibrant by pulling toxins and dirt from my pores. It’s a fantastic combination that can do wonders for your skin too!
Be sure to give this homemade face mask recipe a try and let me know what you think!
And don’t forget to grab the free skin care guide so you can easily refer back to this recipe!
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What about you? What’s your favorite natural face mask recipe? Let me know in the comments so I can try it out!
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