If you recently added bentonite clay masks to your beauty routine, you may not realize something:
Your mask-making options are endless.
Sure, you can keep it simple and stick to clay and water masks. But there are plenty of other ingredients you can mix with clay to make an effective face mask that leaves you feeling fresh and beautiful.
If you do a quick Pinterest search or scan through your Instagram feed you’ll see that people are making their clay masks with practically everything nowadays—essential oils, kitchen staples and more. But the best option for you will depend largely on one factor: your skin type.
There are five skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. You should never put something new on your skin without considering how it will interact with your skin type. Why?
Well, putting anything too moisture-rich on oily skin is recipe for bad breakouts. Harsh ingredients can leave people with sensitive skin looking irritated and inflamed rather than glowing and beautiful. And anything that sucks up too much oil can leave dry skin sufferers more parched than before they started.
But don’t worry. If you’re ready to get experimental with your bentonite clay masks, but don’t know where to start, we’ve rounded up the best ingredients to mix with bentonite clay based on your skin type:
1. Oily Skin: Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar
Bentonite clay is pretty darn beneficial for oily, acne-prone skin on its own. That’s because it’s naturally antibacterial, and it helps soaks up that oily substance on your skin called sebum [1;2]. But when you add apple cider vinegar to the mix, you’ve got a powerful, oil-busting duo that will tackle even the worst breakouts and get rid of excess oil. Why? Well, apple cider vinegar has powerful antibacterial abilities too . Plus, it contains alpha hydroxy acids, which help get rid of dead skin cells, keeping your skin smooth and clear . The two together are basically unstoppable for oily-skinned folks. In most cases, you’ll want to make your clay facials using one part clay and two parts whatever other ingredient you’re using. But with apple cider vinegar, it’s better to use a one-to-one ratio. Just mix about one tablespoon of clay with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, apply it to your skin and let it sit for about 15 minutes before washing it off.
2. Combination Skin: Bentonite Clay and Rosewater
Combination skin is the trickiest skin type to master because you’re dealing with a mixed bag—some of your skin is oily and some of your skin is dry. So, how do you treat both areas without making the other area worse? Well, bentonite clay is helpful for both oily and dry skin, and so is another wonderful skin-healing ingredient—rosewater. Rosewater has the amazing ability to not only balance excess oil but also add moisture to those dry areas in need of TLC [5;6]. Just add one part clay to two parts rosewater and mix. Apply it to your skin and chill out for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
3. Dry Skin: Bentonite Clay and Jojoba Oil
Studies show that bentonite clay can help people dealing with dry, itchy skin conditions all on its own . But adding one of the most powerful moisturizers on the planet isn’t a bad idea either. Jojoba oil isn’t technically an oil; it’s a waxy substance that mimics the sebum your skin naturally produces . It’s also non-comedogenic, so it moisturizes your skin without clogging your pores . In fact, one study found that a clay and jojoba oil mask isn’t just beneficial for people with dry skin; it helps people with acne-prone skin too . So, give jojoba oil a try. Mixing one-part clay to two parts jojoba oil should make a rich mask that leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and fully moisturized.
4. Normal Skin: Bentonite Clay and Green Tea
If you don’t have problems with oily or dry skin, you can go a lot of different directions with your skincare routine. But one way to keep your skin balanced and beautiful, while also fending off the free radical damage that comes with aging (something every skin type deals with), is to use a facial mask made of bentonite clay and green tea. Whether you’re drinking it or using it topically, green tea has a bunch of benefits for your skin . That’s largely due to its high antioxidant content . So, brew yourself a cup of green tea, spoon out a tablespoon or two for your mask, and drink the rest while you let these two amazing ingredients work their magic.
5. Sensitive Skin: Bentonite Clay and Honey
When your skin is sensitive, you have to be super careful what you put on it. Even simple, natural ingredients can cause you to react if you don’t choose wisely. So, to keep your face from turning the color of a tomato, choose only gentle ingredients—like honey. Not only is honey gentle and non-irritating for people with sensitive skin, it’s a natural moisturizer and it’s antibacterial . How could you go wrong? Honey is thick and viscous, so to make a mask with honey, mix one part clay with one part honey and one part water. That should make the mixture thin enough that you can easily apply it to your face.
If you don’t feel like getting fancy with your clay masks, you can always stick to clay and water. Bentonite clay has some amazing benefits on its own, so there’s no need to mess with your facial mask recipe if it’s giving you gorgeous skin. But if you’re all about experimentation, it’s nice to know you can get more creative next time you practice your bentonite clay beauty ritual.