My recent adventure in Costa Rica has me excited to incorporate more mud/clay into my beauty routine and DIY recipes at home. The minerals found in mud and clay work wonders on skin, and I am anxious to recreate the soft, glowing effects that I experienced on this retreat . Mud has been used in beauty recipes for centuries - for good reason!
Some of the benefits of mineral-rich clay include:
- healing properties
- absorbs excess oil
- enhances blood circulation
Mud masks not only leave your face feeling soft and smooth, but leave skin aglow thanks to the increase in blood supply. All skin types can benefit from mud, and if you're not sure which clay to use in the following recipe, check here. But, in general, bentonite clay works well for most skin types. If your skin is super sensitive, stick with a gentle clay like white kaolin or French green.
DIY Dead Sea Mud Mask
DIY Dead Sea Mud Mask
- Small non-metal dish
- Non-metal measuring spoons
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small non-metal dish and slowly add warm water until the consistency is smooth and spreadable. Depending on the brand and thickness of your yogurt, the amount of water needed may vary.
- Apply to your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Making your own DIY Dead Sea Mud Mask is a great way to remove dead skin cells and excess oil from your face, leaving you with glowing, soft skin. Start by adding 1-2 pure Dead Sea mud and 1 drop of lavender essential oil to a bowl. Then, mix in 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin and 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil until the mixture forms a paste. For oily skin, add 1 drop of tea tree oil. For sensitive skin, add 1-2 drops of Dead Sea oil. Finally, add warm water to the mixture until it reaches the desired consistency. Apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eye area, and leave it on for 5-8 minutes. Remove the mask with warm water and a washcloth. This advanced formula composed of Dead Sea mineral mud aids skin renewal and stimulates blood circulation, making it a great natural moisturizer and daily acne treatment. For a spa-quality mud mask, try using products from Pure Body Naturals or adding some calendula oil to your mixture. Plus, it's cruelty-free!
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
Photos by Ana Stanciu72