Homemade Facial Mask: French Green Clay and Roses
French Roses Facial Mask
Homemade facial masks tone the skin, increase circulation, draw out impurities, and exfoliate, leaving your skin softer with a healthy glow. You put a homemade facial mask on wet and then let it dry naturally on your face. Once it’s dry, wash it off with warm water. Natural clay contains healthy minerals that nourish your skin while it tightens pores and cleanses.
French green clay is the base for this rejuvenating facial mask, along with rose hydrosol and silk protein.
French green clay:
French green clay is rich in minerals and organic matter. Each part of the clay works on your skin to draw out impurities, nourish, and stimulate circulation. French green clay contains:
“French Green Clay (AKA Illite Clay or Sea Clay) contains a cornucopia of valuable elements, which include montmorillonite, several (up to 9) important mineral oxides, magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosporous, silicon, copper, and selenium. Green clay owes its coloration to 2 very important factors, which ultimately decide a good quality clay from a poor quality clay. They are, iron oxides, and decomposed plant matter…..Yes, that is correct, decomposed plant matter. The natural green tones found in this luxurious clay are from the very cycles of life this earth uses to regenerate itself. ” Mountain Rose
Rich in rose scent, rose hydrosol is astringent, tightening pores and skin. It is also calming, and stress-reducing. This is one ingredient that is worth adding to your beauty regime. You can use it alone as a toner, or add it to your moisturizers, balms, and masks. In fact, you’ll love just opening the bottle and taking a deep sniff as you walk past it on your shelf.
Hydrating and smoothing, silk protein lightens this mask so that it isn’t as heavy as a clay mask alone. Your skin absorbs the silk protein as the mask dries, leaving your face smoother and rejuvenated.
French Roses Mask, a homemade facial mask
2 tbsp. rose hydrosol
1 – 3 tsp. French green clay, as needed
¼ tsp. silk protein
3 drops rosemary essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
In a glass bowl put the rose hydrosol and silk protein. Stir with a wooden stick to incorporate the silk protein. Add the French green clay 1 tsp at a time to fully incorporate the clay. Stop adding the clay when the mixture is thick like vanilla pudding. Only use as much clay as you need. Add the essential oils. Stir well.
Pull your hair back off your face and secure it with a band or a kerchief. Wash your face and pat dry. Avoiding your eye area, apply the clay mask thickly over your face, from hairline to chin.
Allow the facial mask to dry for 20 minutes. There is a noticeable tingling and tightening as the mask dries. It’s like a facial massage. Relax and enjoy.
Once it’s dry, wipe it off with warm water. You may need to loosen it with a warm washcloth. Be aware that the washcloth may stain from the clay, so use a dark-coloured one, not your best white guest set.
Rinse your face with warm water – not too hot.
Redness in your face after a mask
Your face will feel hot and be very red. This is the increase in your circulation. The redness will last for a few hours. But the next day your skin will feel smooth, tight, and beautiful. Don’t do this on a day when you have a special event in the evening. Plan your facial time and spa treatment the day before a special event.
Apply argon–pomegranate serum to your face. (recipe coming next week — check back). Argon – pomegranate serum is an extra rich emollient that tightens your skin while it moisturizes. It’s excellent for mature skin and skin that suffers from too much sun, wind, or pollution.
Use a homemade facial mask once or twice a week to gently exfoliate and retain your youthful complexion. Always follow up with argon-pomegranate serum for thirsty mature skin.
Another homemade facial mask:
The Dead Sea mud mask is gentler than the French Green Clay mask. It is rich in magnesium which smooths the muscles in your face and relaxes. While the French Green Clay stimulates and tightens. Both are equally exfoliating and draw impurities from your skin. Try both and see which one you like best.
I purchase my supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs in Oregon, Tropical Traditions, and Amazon.