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10 Must-Try DIY Mud Face Masks For Skin Detox

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10 Must-Try DIY Mud Face Masks For Skin Detox June 11, 2018

If you gotta look good, you gotta get mud on your face. Sounds crazy, right? But hey! I am not asking you to grab a handful of mud from your garden and slather it on your face (now, that’s crazy)! I am talking about clay, which, when mixed with water, forms “mud.”

Now, what’s so special about mud? It has been a crucial part of healing and skin care arsenal of beauties since ages. It is said that the Egyptian queen Cleopatra used clay from the Dead Sea to pamper her skin. Even research suggests that applying clay (or mud) on your face is right for your skin. Here is what science has to say about clays.

Benefits Of Using Mud Masks On The Face

  • Bentonite clay is effective in treating dermatitis and allergic reactions on the skin. It acts as a barrier and prevents toxins from getting absorbed into your skin. Sunscreen lotions containing bentonite clay are highly effective in absorbing more UV rays than other commercially available sunscreen lotions (1).
  • Applying clay on your skin boosts collagen production. An experiment conducted on rats found that clay application increased the number of collagen fibers in their skin (2). Collagen is crucial for maintaining skin elasticity and preventing signs of aging.
  • Bentonite clay can heal skin wounds effectively. A study conducted on rats found that clay masks could reduce tissue damage and acted as a skin barrier to prevent infections and toxin build-up (3).
  • Clay contains minerals and is known for its high absorbency power (it absorbs toxins and grease from the skin). When applied to the skin, it forms a protective layer that helps in reducing the loss of natural moisture and keeps the skin hydrated. A study also observed that the skin firmness of people who applied clay for seven days had increased drastically (4).

Before you start making mud masks, it is essential to choose a clay. The most popular clays used for making mud masks include:

  • Fuller’s earth (Multani mitti)
  • Bentonite clay
  • French green clay
  • Aztec healing clay
  • Dead Sea clay
  • Cambrian blue clay
  • Rose clay (also called French pink clay)
  • Rhassoul clay (also known as Moroccan lava clay)
  • Kaolin clay
  • Irish moor clay
  • Australian black clay

I hope you are now convinced about the incredible beauty benefits of muds and clays. If yes, I have got some super-easy homemade mud mask recipes for you. They are much cheaper than the salon.
Check them out below.

Best DIY Mud Masks For Face

Note: Do not use metal bowls for mixing your ingredients. Use plastic or glass bowls instead.

1. Homemade Mud Mask For Blackheads

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You Will Need
  • 3 teaspoons bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 drops rose essential oil
  • Water (as required)
  • A clean cloth
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak a clean cloth in warm water and place it on your face for a minute. Pat dry.
  2. Take a ceramic bowl and add clay powder to it.
  3. Add lemon juice, oil, and water and mix well.
  4. Apply it all over the face and neck.
  5. Let it set.
  6. Gently clean with a circular motion using warm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

Lemon has an astringent effect, and the clay exfoliates your skin and removes all the dirt and grime, leaving your skin squeaky clean. This mud mask promotes cell regeneration.

Note: Those with sensitive skin should be careful with lemon juice as it might irritate your skin.

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2. Clay Or Mud Mask Recipe For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons clay (those with combination skin can use bentonite clay, oily skinned people can use French green clay or Australian black clay)
  • 2 teaspoons almond or jojoba or olive oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional for additional exfoliation)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make a paste.
  2. Prepare your skin by washing it with lukewarm water and patting it dry,
  3. Apply the paste to your face.
  4. Let it dry.
  5. Soak your hand in warm water and rub it on your face.
  6. Slowly remove the face mask from your face. Don’t rub hard.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

The clay removes the excess oil from your face but does not rob your skin of its natural oils. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that cleanse your skin and work on the acne.

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3. Mud Mask For Oily Skin

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons fuller’s earth
  • 1 tablespoon rose water (adjust as per the consistency)
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Remove all traces of makeup from your skin.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a clean bowl and make a paste.
  3. Apply a layer of the mud mask on your face. Leave the area surrounding your eyes.
  4. Let it dry.
  5. Wash it off using warm water.
  6. Follow up with a light moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

Fuller’s earth is excellent for oily skin. Lemon makes your pores shrink and also brightens up your face.

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4. Coffee Mud Mask

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons French green clay (you can also use bentonite or white kaolin clay)
  • 1 teaspoon coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (dilute it with a teaspoon of rose water)
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the clay and coffee grounds in a plastic or ceramic bowl.
  2. Add the diluted apple cider vinegar and essential oil to it and mix well.
  3. Spread the mask on your face.
  4. Wait for 15-20 minutes or until it dries.
  5. Once it dries, remove it with warm water. Rub with your fingers gently in a circular motion.
  6. Apply a light moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

Coffee grounds are anti-inflammatory and excellent exfoliants. Apple cider vinegar tones your skin and maintains the pH balance. Tea tree oil kills bacteria and germs and prevents acne and other skin issues.

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5. Charcoal Mud Mask

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You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons bentonite clay (or any other clay of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 3 tablespoons distilled water or witch hazel (or a combination of both)
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Take the clay in a plastic or glass bowl.
  2. Dilute it with witch hazel or distilled water (this lowers the pH levels of the clay, which can otherwise irritate sensitive skin).
  3. Blend well with activated charcoal and tea tree oil.
  4. Apply it on your face and let it dry.
  5. Rinse the mask with cold water and pat your face dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

Activated charcoal is one of the best ingredients you can use to remove blackheads naturally. This face mask draws out all the bacteria and dirt from your face, unclogs your pores, and keeps the hair follicles clean.

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6. Green Tea Mud Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon green tea (brew green tea in water and use it)
  • ½ tablespoon bentonite clay
  • ½ tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 2 drops lemon/lavender/tea tree essential oil (use any one)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Clean your face and cover it with the paste. Leave the area around your eyes and lips.
  3. Allow it to dry and then wash it off with warm water.
  4. Apply a moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties, and it is great for your skin. It reduces inflammation and keeps your skin healthy. This homemade face mask has a calming effect on your skin and keeps it hydrated.

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7. Tea Tree Oil Mud Mask

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons fuller’s earth
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 2-3 drops tea tree essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Take the clay in a bowl and add honey to it.
  2. Add the rose water and essential oil and then blend.
  3. If the consistency is too thick, add more rose water.
  4. Spread it evenly on your face and let it dry.
  5. Wash with lukewarm water and then pat dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and amazing healing properties. It is beneficial for treating acne, pimples, and boils. This fantastic homemade mud mask cleanses your skin thoroughly, removes excess oil, and unclogs all the pores.

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8. Avocado Mud Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon avocado pulp
  • 1 tablespoon bentonite or kaolin clay
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply it on your face and neck and massage it slowly.
  3. Let it dry.
  4. Clean the mud mask with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

Avocado has moisturizing properties and reduces inflammation. This avocado mud mask not only moisturizes the face but also controls acne flare-ups and gives you glowing skin.

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9. Mud Mask For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon French green clay
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the clay and the egg white in a bowl and mix.
  2. Add the honey and the lavender oil.
  3. If the mixture is too heavy, use water to adjust the consistency.
  4. Clean your face and apply the mask evenly. Let it dry.
  5. Use a cloth soaked in warm water to remove it.
  6. Apply a toner afterward.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

This mud mask hydrates your skin and also calms and soothes any inflammation. It draws out impurities from your skin surface and keeps it nourished.

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10. Deep Cleansing Mud Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons water (add as per requirement)
  • ½ teaspoon dried and powdered chamomile or calendula flowers (optional)
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the clay with the powdered flowers and add honey and water to make a paste.
  2. Apply it to your face. Make sure you avoid the area around your eyes.
  3. Let it dry. Remove the mask with a cloth soaked in warm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

The clay is excellent for detoxing your skin and making it firm. Honey soothes and heals the skin as it has antibacterial properties. The dried herbs impart extra nourishment to the skin.

Why go to the spa when you can bring the spa home? A mud mask cleanses, hydrates, and tones your skin if applied in the right way. Try any of these homemade mud mask recipes, and I am sure it will become your favorite beauty routine. Let me know how it felt on your skin. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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