This easy clay facial mask recipe cleanses, hydrates and refreshes

This yummy, easy to make homemade face mask recipe is designed to balance, hydrate and cleanse normal and combination skin types.

It's also super-refreshing, and you'll find that it reveals clearer, softer, glowing skin when you're all done with it, especially if you use it in conjunction with other facial recipes like face moisturizers, steams and toners.

Using a facial mask once a week can really help prevent, and even reduce, the signs of aging. Caring for your skin really does make a noticeable difference...

And it doesn't hurt that these aromatherapy face mask recipes support the rest of your body as well, boosting your immune system, relaxing your muscles and soothing your nerves. Gotta love it!

Homemade Face Mask Recipe


1 tablespoon Cosmetic Clay of your choice (see how to choose below)

1 teaspoon Yogurt

1/2 teaspoon Honey

1/4 teaspoon Jojoba oil

1 drop Lavender essential oil

1 drop Geranium, Neroli OR Ylang Ylang essential oil



Whisk together all the ingredients except the clay in a small bowl.


Slowly add the clay a little at a time, stirring thoroughly to create a spreadable paste. (If you add it all at once you get lumps, which are annoying when you go to spread it on your face.) If the mixture seems too thick, add a little more yogurt or a splash of milk. Do not increase the oil, because the mask will slide right off your face.


Cleanse your face and leave it damp, then smooth the homemade face mask over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes and mouth.


Leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes (Relax! Lying down is good.)


Wash the homemade facial mask off using a warm, wet washcloth. Follow with toner and face moisturizer.

This recipe makes enough for one facial application, and it does not keep, so slather it on and let it work its magic.

  • (Moroccan Red Clay)
  • For very oily, acne-prone skin.
  • Powerful cleanser and detoxifier.
  • Boosts circulation.
  • Tightens pores.
  • Not for dry or sensitive skin.
  • Buy rhassoul clay.

  • Good for oily skin.
  • Draws out excess oil, dirt and toxins.
  • Boosts circulation.
  • Tones skin.
  • Buy French green clay.

  • Good for oily, acne-prone skin.
  • Draws out excess oil, dirt and toxins.
  • Can lighten or "bleach" skin.
  • Buy fuller's earth clay.

  • Good for oily skin.
  • Draws out and traps dirt and toxins.
  • Should be off-white in color (not pure white.)
  • Buy bentonite clay.

  • Also called white cosmetic clay.
  • Best for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin.
  • Does not absorb excess oils.
  • White, pink or yellow in color (white is mildest).
  • Buy kaolin clay.

Customizing Your Homemade Face Mask Recipe

Make Ahead: This recipe is pretty much one you have to make and use (yogurt doesn't store well) but you can pre-mix the clay and essential oils and store them in a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Click here to see some nice glass jars from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Replace the yogurt with milk, which removes dead skin cells and softens skin. The higher the fat content of both the yogurt and the milk, the more nourishing it is for you skin. Low fat is NOT your best bet here!

Replace the jojoba oil for other aromatherapy carrier oils suitable for your skin type.

What Next?

Get some handy tips on how to give yourself a complete homemade facial. Then round out your skincare routine with these other easy homemade facial recipes.

Homemade Facial Scrubs

Homemade Facial Moisturizer

Facial Steam Recipes

Homemade Skin Toner Recipes

Homemade Facials

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