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Beauty Recipe: Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

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This clay mask recipe is the most important part of my Sunday skincare ritual. The mix of clay, cocoa and vitamin C not only deeply cleanses the pores but also brightens, tones and repairs the skin. Clay has healing properties but also acts like a magnet, drawing impurities from the pores. I like to use a mix of Rhassoul and Kaolin clay but think about your skin type when deciding which clay to work with (great selection of clays here).  Cocoa contains a higher level of antioxidants compared to green tea and aids in cell repair and increases blood circulation to improve the appearance of the skin. Vitamin C (or Camu Camu) fights wrinkles, brightens the skin and decreases damage from the sun when applied topically.

2 tablespoons Rhassoul Clay
1 tablespoon Kaolin Clay
1 tablespoon organic, raw Cocao Powder
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin C or Camu Camu Powder
8 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
6 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
6 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the essential oils one drop at a time and mix thoroughly to remove clumps. Store in a glass jar of choice and store in the fridge . When you’re ready to treat your skin to some extra loving care, simply mix 1 1/2 teaspoons of the mask with enough water, honey, apple cider vinegar or hydrosol to make a smooth paste (generally equal parts liquid to dry ingredients). Smooth on a cleansed face and allow the mask to work it’s magic for 15 minutes. Remove with a wet washcloth and follow with a moisturizer.

Happy crafting!