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I am a big fan of utilizing natural ingredients to make DIY beauty treatments at home. One of my favorite DIY beauty treatments is a Rhassoul clay mask. Rhassoul is combined with a liquid until it reaches a thin, paste-like consistency before being applied to the body as a spa treatment. I have used several different forms of liquid but am partial to using SpaDelic’s Custom Blended Rose Hydrosol or George’s 100% Aloe Vera.
Last night I asked my (very masculine) husband to take part in my DIY beauty shenanigans and surprisingly, he agreed. Darren has light skin that is fairly sensitive to cosmetic ingredients. I tweaked a basic clay mask recipe to include my custom blended organic rosehip serum so that our mask would have soothing and healing properties designed to nourish dry, sensitive skin.
For the liquid in our mask, I chose to use my everyday floral face spray that I use in place of a toner, SpaDelic’s Custom Blended Rose Hydrosol. Rose water is the base of my floral face spray because it has anti-inflammatory properties, stimulates capillary circulation under the skin while also soothing, moisturizing and helping the skin maintain a healthy pH level. The rose has powerful therapeutic properties making rose water a safe and effective ingredient for sensitive, irritated or dry skin as well as oily complexions as it balances the pH levels of the skin and controls sebum production, making pores appear tighter and smaller. (Myth buster: contrary to what you may have read, pores do not open and close!!)
Type “DIY clay mask” into google chrome and you will receive a plethora of recipes, most of which include bentonite, fuller’s earth or French green clay for their DIY beauty treatment. While all of these options are acceptable, my favorite cosmetic clay for a facial mask is Rhassoul clay, a/k/a Ghassoul.
Rhassoul, gets its origin from the Arabic verb, rassala which means “to wash”. Derived from the fertile Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco, Rhassoul clay is known for its excellent ability to tighten, detoxify and absorb impurities from the skin.
Of all the types of cosmetic clays available, Rhassoul is the most prized for spa treatments due to its high content of nourishing trace minerals including silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. As these trace minerals replace depleted minerals in the skin, they also exchange themselves for the toxic compounds in the skin, resulting in a firmer, plumper and more even-toned complexion. In addition to its antimicrobial properties, clinical studies have shown that Rhassoul clay improves the elasticity of the skin, removes excess surface oils, dead skin cells and unclogs pores. Proper use of Rhassoul clay in a regular skin care regimen strengthens the skin barrier by soothing the skin and helping it retain much needed moisture.
- 1 TBS Rhassoul Clay
- 1/2 to 1 TBS Organic Rose water
- 1 pump of SpaDelic’s OrganicRosehip serum
- (or 100% organic rosehip serum of your choice)
- Place 1 TBS of Rhassoul clay into a glass bowl
- Add rose water incrementally, mixing until mask reaches desired consistency. (More water = thinner mask, less = thicker mask, the thicker the consistency the longer it takes to dry.)
- Add 1 pump of SpaDelic’s organic rosehip serum
- Combine ingredients until smooth.
- Apply clay mask to face, neck and décolleté area using a fan-shaped facial brush.
- Allow mask to dry (5-15 minutes, based on consistency of mask)
- Remove gently using a warm, wet washcloth to soften the mask first, then splashing with warm water to remove excess.
- Moisturize skin with your favorite serum or facial moisturizer
Do you have a favorite DIY beauty treatment? If so, please feel free to share in the comment section below.
Wishing peace, love and happiness to all!