Dry skin on face problems tend to be made worse by Winter’s cold weather and indoors heating. While there are many products available on your nearest drugstore that can help with this problem, some hesitate about spending a lot of money on a product that may or may not work, and may or not be filled with artificial chemicals and other substances you don’t really want on your skin. Essential oils and other natural ingredients are a great alternative if you want to make your own dry skin on face treatments at home. This clay face mask is easy to make and suitable for beginners, as it doesn’t require heating or any unusual crafting equipment.

Before You Start

There are many essential oils for skin and some have been used for centuries to treat dry skin and other skin conditions, but that doesn’t mean your skin will react favourably to them. Essential oils are active substances, so before using any of them on a dry skin homemade cream you will need to do a small spot test to make sure they are safe to use. First of all, never use undiluted essential oils against skin, as they are too concentrated and can cause irritation. Just dilute a couple of drops of the oil on a suitable carrier oil, such as Jojoba or Almond oil, and apply it to an area of about 1cm wide on the inside of your wrist. Leave it there for 24 to 48h, and if there’s any redness or irritation do not use that oil on your skin. If your skin is fine after 48h is safe to assume that you are not allergic to that particular oil, and can use it on your cosmetic products.

How To Make It

You’ll need around 30 grams of clay for this mask. Face masks used at spas are often made with French green clay, but if you don’t find any you can use kaolin powder. Mix it with Rosewater or distilled water, a tbsp. of honey and 1 tsp. of oat flour. Add 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of camomile essential oil to the mixture. Camomile and lavender are great for calming dry skin that is suffering from irritants such as temperature changes, wind and cold weather, while the oat flour and honey are both great moisturizers.

Using Essential Oils Face Mask

Start with thoroughly cleaning your face using a suitable product for dry skin, and apply the mixture to moist but not wet skin. Apply it with soft circular massage movements and don’t forget your neck. Then you just need to relax for about 10 to 15 minutes while the mask works. If it’s the first time you use it it’s better to leave it on only for 10 minutes, to make sure your skin doesn’t have any adverse reaction to any ingredient in the mask.

Remove using warm water, and use a clean towel to pat dry your skin. Apply a light moisturizer afterwards. Your skin will feel softer and the clay will help draw out impurities, making your skin glow with health. You can apply this mask as often as twice a week, especially in Winter.