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Hydrating Clay Mask

Wintertime is the harshest on our skin. The air is cold and frigid, the heat is on all day and dries you out. Truth be told you need more water now than in the summertime. The best way to get hydration back into the skin is through masks. There are many types with different benefits to them and recipes can get extreme and time consuming. This recipe is simple and easy to use.

Kaolin Clay is the best clay for dry, irritated and even sensitive skin. Its soft and fine consistency makes it great for making things, especially masks. Due to its adsorbent properties, it is ideal for dry skin. Kaolin clay originated in mines in China. It's loaded with iron that helps soften the skin and fight damage, pro vitamins B3 and B5. One of the most powerful phytonutrients is called batalain, which is responsible for reducing skin cell damage, removing toxins, eliminating free radicals and reducing skin inflammation. Kaolin clay improves the overall tone and evenness of the skin by decreasing dark spots, redness and signs of irritation due to bug bites, rashes and even poison ivy. Its antibacterial properties make it a great cleanser for the skin. It's a mild exfoliant, so it removes dead skin without drying the skin. Most of all Kaolin clay does not strip your skin of its natural oils, it only removes excess sebum.

Almond Oil has deep cleansing and hydrating abilities. Moisturizes the skin with vitamins A, B and E. It has anti-aging benefits which makes it ideal for all skin types, great for mature skin and most of all its non-comedogenic.

Without further ado let's get into this easy recipe.

Ingredients: 1oz of Kaolin Clay, 1oz of Almond Oil (If allergic swap for apricot, argan or avocado oils), Mixing Bowl, Jar with Lid (preferably glass), Essential Oils (optional, try lavender, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, helichrysum, roman chamomile, geranium, sandalwood, palm Rosa or carrot seed), Brush for Application (optional, however if you're prone to break outs this shouldn't be optional) You can double the recipe, just keep note for each ounce you can add up to four drops of essential oils.

Directions: Mix clay and oil together add no more than 4 drops of whatever essential oils of your choice and mix again. Transfer into jar and seal with lid. Store in a cool place and keep for up to six months.

To Use: apply to clean skin. Use clean brush or clean hands and apply an even layer across the skin and neck. Allow to dry or it for at least nine minutes. Rinse and follow with your skin care regimen.

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