Top 10 bentonite clay face mask recipes for any skin problem (#6 is my fave)

Looking for a (vegan) bentonite clay face mask? You’ve come to the right place!

Bentonite clay has incredible healing properties, but most bentonite clay mask recipes lack imagination. I know that apple cider vinegar is very beneficial for the skin, but there has to be more to a face mask than just two ingredients, right?

Have a look at this list of my all-time favorite bentonite clay face mask recipes. I’m sure you’ll find something to your taste. The best thing about it is that they’re all natural and made with only vegan ingredients!

Why bentonite clay face mask?

Because it’s the best.

Okay, I know, you want some sort of proof. I’ve written about bentonite clay skin benefits already here.

Let me rephrase the first line:

Bentonite clay has been my life’s companion for more than 15 years. We share a longer love story than with any other beauty product or ingredient I have ever thought of trying. I use it for a number of things:

It helped fight my teenage acne (and post-teenage as well, I’m just not happy to admit having them)

With its skin-toning properties, it helps to even the complexion and has improved it a lot

It helps me cure wounds, cuts, insect bites, and even soothe minor sunburn (works great in combination with certain essential oils)

I use it to heal a sore throat when I’m ill

I also drink it. Yes, you heard me. Bentonite clay can be taken internally and I love to make an internal detox a few times a year.

I add it to foot baths so that it can draw out toxins.

In short, bentonite clay is one of the most powerful healing clays. It has the ability to cleanse and detox. According to Mountain Rose Herbs,

Bentonite is usually collected from deposits that can range anywhere from 100 feet to several thousand feet. After being gathered from the earth, it is brought out into the sun to remove excess moisture and make it easier to work with.

Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an electrical charge. It is a swelling clay, and when it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge.

Tips on using bentonite clay face masks

  • whenever you work with clay, use only plastic/wooden/ceramic utensils. Clay should not come in contact with metal
  • you can substitute/omit essential oils in the recipes below. I used specific oils for specific recipes, but some people like their masks quite plain. It’s up to you, but the essential oils give the mask an extra boost of whatever benefits they possess!
  • The same goes for hydrosols. I’ve explained why I used each one in the recipes, but you can easily substitute them with distilled water and/or apple cider vinegar if you’re all out of hydrosols
  • Apply any bentonite clay face mask to a clean face
  • Leave the mask on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse gently with lukewarm water
  • When using bentonite clay regularly, you can notice some redness on your skin which should disappear quite fast. that’s normal, the clay is just working its magic
  • Don’t use bentonite clay if your skin is (super) sensitive or dry. Try this white kaolin clay instead
  • I’d recommend you apply bentonite clay face mask a few times a week. Because it can be quite drying, make sure you have a good moisturizer and serum at hand to apply afterward. The only mask you can use a few times a month (I usually use it once a month) is the number 5, the detox face mask. It’s a bit too much for me to use on a weekly basis. Plus, I’m not the biggest charcoal advocate (see here why)!
  • The following recipes are all made to be used right away (or within 24 hours). There are no preservatives in them, so the masks can develop bacteria if you store them for a longer period of time.
  • Bentonite clay is effective, but the healing process is long. If you’re looking for today-tomorrow solutions, these masks are not what you want

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Best bentonite clay face mask recipes

Let’s have a look at my favorite bentonite clay face mask recipes. They’re all easy to make and very beneficial for the skin!

1.      The basic bentonite clay face mask recipe

This one is the easiest clay mask on the list. You only need two ingredients and if you’re a complete beginner in the homemade skincare field, feel free to begin with this mask. It might be a bit boring and I’ve seen online comments about this mask throwing your skin out of pH balance, but I’ve used it for years and apart from dry skin, I’ve never had any problems with it.

Ingredients:

  • 1,5 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 1 TBSP water

Process:

  • Add clay to a bowl
  • Gradually add water and stir well
  • You should get a thick paste (see photo)
  • The mixture shouldn’t be runny but it shouldn’t be too thick as well. You should be able to smoothly apply it to your face without any hardened pieces of clay falling off.

2.      The most popular bentonite clay face mask

This is probably the most popular bentonite clay face mask there are. The two magic ingredients: bentonite and apple cider vinegar can do wonders for our skin. The vinegar helps to maintain the pH balance of the skin, while the clay cleanses it!

Ingredients:

  • 1,5 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

Process:

  • Combine clay with ACV, until you get a thick and creamy paste
  • Remember, no iron/metal utensils when working with clay!

3.      Refreshing anti-acne bentonite clay face mask

One of my most popular posts on the blog, this anti-acne clay mask has been the ultimate winner, but I’ve decided to redo it a bit. If you’re not feeling too creative, make that one.

Otherwise, the recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 1 TBSP white kaolin clay
  • 1 TSP argan oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Process:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a clean jar
  • Store in a dark cool place
  • To use, add 1,5 TSP mixture to 1 TSP water
  • Stir until you get a smooth paste (add more water if necessary)

PS: you can store this mask in a clean jar. The oils and clay can last for a while in your cupboard/fridge if you don’t add any water.

4.      Brightening bentonite clay face mask

Tangy face mask for those who wish to brighten the complexion, boost the skin, and give it an extra lemony kick. Easy and fast, you can use this mask a few times a week, or less.

Enjoy the fresh lemon feel!

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 1 TSP kaolin clay
  • ½ fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TSP turmeric powder

Process:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Add a few drops of water and stir until you get thicker but smooth paste

PS: you can substitute lemon juice with lemon essential oil; just use whichever ingredient you have available. If using EO, add 2 drops of lemon to the face mask.

5.      Detoxifying bentonite clay face mask

While bentonite clay is already as detoxifying as it can be, I decided to go a step further and boost it even more. While this is not my favorite on the list (I’m not the biggest charcoal fan), I still use this mask now and again.

I’ve added my fave essential oils that help to detox the skin, but you can add your own! I’ve also included rosemary hydrosol for its detoxifying properties. If you have none at hand, feel free to substitute it with either witch hazel, water, or apple cider vinegar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 1 TBSP activated charcoal
  • 1,5 TSP rosemary hydrosol
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 drop lemongrass essential oil

Process:

  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl
  • Stir until you get a thicker paste
  • Apply and let the clay and charcoal mask sit about 20 minutes

PS: other Eos with skin-detoxifying properties include: tangerine, juniper berry, orange, cypress, lemon, rosemary, mint, myrrh, and lime.

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6.      Deep pore cleansing bentonite clay face mask

In case the powerful detox mask isn’t what you’re looking for, try this deep pore cleansing clay mask. You can play with ingredients a bit, especially dried and ground herbs.

I’ve used what I believe works best, but you can substitute them with dry chamomile flowers, neem tree leaves, basil, and hibiscus. Whichever you choose, make sure to grind them before adding them to the mask!

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 1 TBSP Rhassoul clay
  • 0.5 TSP clary sage, dried and ground
  • 0.5 TSP calendula flowers, dried and ground
  • 1 TSP chlorella powder
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Witch hazel

Process:

  • Combine all ingredients in a clean bowl. You can store them in a dark cool place in a clean glass container.
  • To use: add 1 TSP of witch hazel to 1 TBSP of the clay mask. Add more witch hazel if necessary, until you get a smooth mixture.

PS: you can use water or apple cider vinegar instead of witch hazel

7.      Bentonite clay face mask for scars

Next in line is my clay mask for scars. It’ also quite basic: a few essential oils, rose hydrosol, and a few drops of rosehip oil, which has been proved to be very beneficial for scars. I’ve written all about it in this rosehip oil for acne scars post!

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 1 TBSP Rhassoul clay (optional)
  • 3 TSP rosehip oil
  • 2 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • rose hydrosol

Process:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl apart from the rose hydrosol
  • Store in a cool dark place, in a clean jar
  • To use: take 1 TBSP of the mixture and combine it with 1 TBSP (a little less, add gradually) rose hydrosol. You’re looking for a thicker but smooth mask.

PS: other essential oils for scars are: rosemary, frankincense, lemon, geranium, and myrrh.

8.      Bentonite clay face mask for dark circles

We all suffer from the annoying dark circle problem now and again. I’ve already written about which oil is best for dark circles but then decided to take it one step further.

And here we are, bentonite clay mask for dark circles. It’s quite fragrant and it should also do the trick. Use it a few times a week whenever the dark spots emerge, otherwise only now and again when I have all the ingredients at hand.

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP bentonite clay
  • neroli hydrosol
  • 2 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drop helichrysum essential oil
  • 2 TSP sweet almond oil

Process:

  • Combine the ingredients and add the hydrosol if you want to use the mask right away
  • In case you wish to store it, repeat the procedure with the previous mask (#7): combine all the ingredients apart from the neroli hydrosol. Add that one with 1 TBSP of clay mask mixture when you want to apply the mask.

9.      Antioxidant bentonite clay face mask

For an extra antioxidant kick, make a fresh clay mask with matcha powder and a few drops of essential oils!

If you drink smoothies, you probably have green powders in your kitchen cupboard already. I’ve made this mask with matcha powder, but any green powder would do, as they are all an excellent boost for the skin (such as this soothing spirulina face mask).

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 2 TSP matcha powder
  • 2 TSP dried and ground hibiscus flower
  • 4 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • water

Process:

  • combine the ingredients in a bowl
  • add water until you get a thick and smooth paste
  • you can store this clay mask in a dark and cool place. Combine it with water just before you want to use it (1 TSP water to 1 TBSP mixture)

PS: use spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass or any other green powder that’s loaded with antioxidants and chlorophyll!

10.      Soothing bentonite clay face mask

Use this mask before bedtime; it contains essential oils that will soothe your skin, calm your mind, and help you relax.

Sometimes I use fresh aloe juice (the plant grows on my balcony), but sometimes I use aloe vera gel.

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP bentonite clay
  • 2 drop lavender essential oil
  • 3drops vetiver essential oil
  • 2 TSP aloe vera gel (or fresh aloe juice)

Process:

  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl. If you have difficulties with aloe vera gel and clay, add a few drops of water or hydrosol to the mixture until you get a smooth paste.
  • Apply to your face and let sit for 15 minutes

PS: substitute vetiver for lemongrass, jasmine, lemon, orange, frankincense or sandalwood if you don’t like the scent. All these have beneficial properties on a tired and stressed mind.

What is your favorite bentonite clay face mask? Let me know below!

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