Purifying Face Mask

As we transition into fall, it’s a chance to start fresh. While we unpack our fall wardrobe (turtlenecks, how we’ve missed you), we also start to think about how our skincare regime may change. Before diving face-first into a routine full of heavy moisturizers and oils, we like to do a final face mask of summer. It’s a mini-purge, if you will, that uses purifying ingredients to help draw out any impurities. From there, you can start with a clean slate as you ease back into your routine—since it’s September and real life responsibilities are coming in hot.

We used French Clay as our base because it can help draw out impurities, then mixed it with water and witch hazel (the latter of which acts like a natural astringent to help tighten pores). There’s a bit of honey included to help soothe or heal any redness brought on by blemishes. Lastly, the essentials oils: lemon to help with oil production and tea tree for its natural antimicrobial properties.

What you’ll need:

4 tbsp water
2 tsp witch hazel
2 tsp honey
3 tbsp green French clay
2 drops Lemon Essential Oil
2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

How to use it:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the water, witch hazel, essential oils and honey together. Using a spoon, slowly add the water mixture to the clay and mix with a spoon until it becomes a spreadable paste.
  2. Apply the mask over the face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes (read, clean, Netflix—you know the drill). Rinse off with warm water and follow with your regular skincare routine.

Photo by Brit Gill

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