Make this weekend one for beauty indulgences! The DIY face mask is a familiar one I know, but I'm giving you a rosy-hued twist just in time for Valentine's Day...
While you’re unwinding with a Netflix marathon, a glass of wine, or your girlfriends, why not take ten minutes to reboot your complexion? And instead of relegating yourself to a standard white cream mask, make your own (always thrilling) and revel in its dopamine-boosting color.
Pink kaolin clay, the love child of red and white kaolin clay, is a multi-tasking powerhouse for all skin types. Red kaolin soaks up toxins and excess oil, while the gentle white variety keeps your delicate epidermis from becoming irritated or overly dried. Kaolin clay contains a number of potent minerals, vitamins and active substances, that have a drawing and circulatory-boosting effect on the skin. They help to absorb that daily shine and clean out the follicular wall, unplugging blocked pores. Bingo!
For those of you who love a botanical bent, the lovely thing about this mask is that you can add all sorts of unctuous oils to improve firmness and texture. I've taken to experimenting with Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Body Oil ($19.61) in mine because I've found it gentle enough to use on my face, such is the epic quality of ingredients used by the company, and their commitment to sustainable manufacturing methods. I also love throwing in a few drops of geranium oil because it gives the skin a lovely flush, and is great if you're prone to red cheeks and broken capillaries.
To use, simply add warm distilled water to form a soft paste, and any oils or essential oils your heart desires, apply to your face, avoiding the eye area, allow to set and wash off with warm water. It's that simple and that effective. As an aside, if you have sensitive or very dry skin, white kaolin clay would be best. Let me know how you got on!