Rhassoul Clay is my new love. Even a simple rhassoul clay + manuka honey mask does wonders for my combination skin. It tightens my pores, softens my skin and brightens my complexion Recently, I had a sudden outbreak of pimples on my forehead and since Rhassoul clay is good for detoxifying the skin, I thought it’s the perfect opportunity to try different variations of rhassoul clay + manuka honey masks.
Rhassoul Clay, what you say?
Let me do some usual intro first about this wondrous clay. Rhassoul clay has been used for the skin and the hair for over 1400 years in Morocco. It is earthen red in color with a strong earthy smell that initially bothered me. But when mixed with hydrosols and some drops of essential oils, the smell becomes more manageable. This clay is extremely absorbent and it’s very good in sucking the toxins from the skin while trapping in the moisture and all the nutrients into the skin. The detoxifying properties of this clay is due to its high content of trace minerals like calcium, silica, magnesium and potassium which exchange themselves with toxic metals found in the skin. Aside from manuka honey, I think this is another must-have for both avid or beginner beauty DIYers.
There are endless possibilities if you have rhassoul and manuka honey ready. If you need a quick fix to dull, dry, sagging or skin that needs detoxifying, a simple mask mixture of 1/2 tsp of rhassoul and 1/2 tsp of manuka oney is recommended and definitely very easy to do. It’s clumsy-proof. But if you’ve got all the ingredients mentioned below, I suggest you try this version. I’ve done a couple of experiments with rhassoul and this seems to be the best of the lot.
- 1/2 tsp of rhassoul clay (dry-to-normal skin) or 1 full tsp (normal-oily/clogged skin)
- 1/2 tsp Manuka Honey
- 1/4 tsp (around 8 drops) of Sweet Almond Oil (this will soften your wrinkles and lines)
- 2-3 drops of carrot seed essential oil (a potent anti-aging essential oil)
- 4-5 drops of oil from your regular Vit E capsule
- 1/2 tsp Orange Blossom hydrosol (you can use distilled water/ mineral water or your favorite hydrosol but orange blossom seems to be an effective skin brightener).
Just mix everything in a small cup using a plastic/wooden stirrer. Don’t use metal spoons as this might react with the manuka honey and rhassoul clay. Using a brush/back of a plastic spoon/chopstick, apply it to clean face. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes and avoid facial movements. Wash with warm water–don’t use soap–and proceed with your moisturizer. After this mask, you don’t need to apply your usual amount of moisturizer. I usually just apply 1 drop of my face oil to seal in the nutrients of the mask. It’s best to use this mask at night and if ever you need to use it during the day, don’t use the orange blossom hydrosol as it might cause photo-sensitivity.
Comparable to Commercial Masks
I’m fond of using masks and I’ve got a couple of brands in my face mask portfolio (Living Nature, Beauty Diary, Nature Republic, Face Shop, Jurlique, etc…), haha. But this mask exceeded my standards because it did everything each of its ingredients promised–and I had no expectations, to begin with. The clay detoxified and firmed my skin and shrunk my pores. The manuka honey, sweet almond oil and Vit E made my skin moisturized and supple and softened my fine lines. The orange blossom hydrosol brightened my complexion. The carrot seed essential oil… well, I’m not sure if it gave me any instant results but I’m certain that I’m going to benefit from incorporating it regularly in my anti-aging mask recipes in the long run. Now, how many affordable and safe face masks out there can do all that? The best thing about this mask is that it can be customized according to the condition of your skin. You can add more or less of most of the ingredients (except for the essential oils) to suit the current needs of your skin. Production cost? Probably about SGD$2-3 dollars max plus a lot of fun mixing and taking photos of yourself looking like a human chocolate bar.
Tips to Reap More Benefits from this Mask
The biggest tip I can give is to customize it according to the condition of your skin. The recipe I shared above is what’s suitable for my skin in most days. If your skin is dry, don’t add too much rhassoul clay and add a bit more almond oil. If your skin is congested with dirt and your pores need some pinch here and there, add more rhassoul clay and let the mask really dry on your face before washing it off. It’s best to use this mask at night as you won’t see instant results–aside from tighter pores– right after washing the mask off. The results usually come after a couple of hours or best, the morning after.
Have you tried rhassoul clay masks before?