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How to Make a DIY Clay Mud Mask for healthy skin

Help cleanse and nourish your skin with this easy clay face mask. This mud mask is great for all skin types and can be customized with your favorite essential oils. This clay face mask or mud mask recipe makes enough for one facial mask and should be applied to skin at least once a week for best results.

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Mud Mask Benefits

Mud masks are a great way to cleanse your skin and remove any impurities. They are also a great way to remove toxins from the skin, and to get rid of acne, blackheads, and other skin problems.

Mud masks have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various skin conditions. They can be made from different ingredients such as clay, charcoal, or seaweed.

Mud masks are made from natural ingredients that have been proven to be good for the skin.

Mud masks are a great way to get the skin healthy and glowing. They are also a great way to relax and unwind after a long day.

There are many benefits of using mud masks on your skin, some of them being:

  • Cleansing the skin
  • Removing impurities
  • Getting rid of acne and blackheads
  • Helping with eczema
  • helps in reducing the appearance of wrinkles
  • helps in reducing the appearance of scars
  • good for sensitive skin

This DIY Mud Mask Recipe uses Bentonite Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, and optional essential oils.

What is Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is a natural, organic, and biodegrable product that can be used externally and internally. It has been used as a remedy for centuries to cure a variety of ailments. It can be found at the bottom of lakes or rivers.

Bentonite Clay it can also be found in beauty products such as face masks and lotions.

Bentonite clay is an all-natural, mineral-rich, skin-cleansing and detoxifying clay that can be used for a variety of purposes. It is natural, organic, and biodegrable. It has been used for centuries by Indigenous Americans, who would use it to cure a variety of ailments including healing cuts and wounds.

You can buy Bentonite Clay at your local health food store or online. Make sure you are buying a pure clay powder that doesn’t have anything added to it.

This is the Bentonite Clay that I use and love. I order it using Amazon Prime.

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Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Skin

Bentonite Clay has many benefits when applied topically on the skin and can be be found in skin care products as an exfoliant, moisturizer and cleanse. It can also help with symptoms of:

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • rosacea
  • healing acne
  • reducing inflammation
  • and more

Benefits of Essential Oils for Skin

Essential Oils have some pretty powerful benefits for the skin.

Note: It’s important to make sure you’re using true essential oils and not a fragrance oil. Fragrance oil does not have any beneficial properties and can actually cause significant damage to your skin. If your bottle of essential oil says fragrance oil on it, or ‘not for topcial use’, then you do not want to use it in any skin care DIY recipes, including this one.

Frankincense – can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and skin imperfections.

Lavender – Soothes skin irritations. Very calming to the skin especially red, irritated skin.

Tea Tree – can help with acne prone or oily skin

Turmeric – contains anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which are beneficial for healthy, glowing skin

Choose 1, 2, or 3 essential oils that you think would best benefit your skin type and add them to your clay face mask. You can use only 1, or mix and match. There’s no rule here.

If you prefer, you can leave the essential oils out of the mud mask. You’ll still get the benefits of the bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar.

Benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar for Skin

Apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy that can be used for a variety of purposes. It has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions. It can be used as a toner, cleanser, or mask.

You’ve probably seen it in food recipes, and have maybe heard of people using it to help with gut issues. It’s very versatile.

This is the Apple Cider I use. You can find it in most grocery stores. Look for an organic version with “the mother”. That is the good stuff that is really beneficial.

You can order it on Amazon if you can’t find it in your local drugstore, superstore, or grocery store.

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Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apple juice or apple cider. It contains acetic acid, which helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation on the skin.

Apple cider vinegar can be applied directly to the skin in order to help with acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. The acetic acid in the vinegar helps to kill bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation.

The benefits of apple cider vinegar for skin are numerous and include:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces acne and breakouts
  • Helps with dryness
  • Helps with wrinkles
  • Helps with eczema and psoriasis
  • Tones the skin

You’ll find it in the recipe below for your Clay Face Mask.

If you find it’s too harsh on your skin, or you don’t happen to have any, simply leave it out and replace it with plain water.

How to Make a Bentonite Clay Face mask with Essential Oils

Making your own mud mask with Bentonite Clay is simple. The DIY recipe below calls for Bentonite Clay, apple cider vinegar, and a few essential oils.

Use the essential oils that you have on hand. You don’t need to rush out and buy any specific essential oils for this clay facemask. It’s safe to say that many people have Lavender on hand. If that’s all you have, that’s totally fine to only use that.

If you don’t have Frankincense, which I get it – it’s expensive – it’s fine to replace that with an extra drop of Lavender or Tea Tree essential oil.

I don’t recommend using citrus oils in any facial care products because Citrus Oils are photosensitive, which means they will cause your skin to be very sensitive to the sun and get a sunburn very quickly.

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DIY Clay Face Mask with Essential Oils

Author: Dawn Goehring
How to make a simple Clay Face Mask with bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and essential oils. Use this mud mask once a week for clear, healthy, glowing skin.
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  • 2 tsp Bentonite Clay Note:  Do not use a metal bowl or spoon with Bentonite clay as it can make it less effective.  
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider vinegar or Water
  • 3 drops Essential Oil (not fragrance oil). Mix and Match or all 1 oil Ex: Lavender, Frankincense, Tea Tree


  • Combine clay and vinegar in bowl and stir until well combined. Tip: For a thicker mask, add an additional ½ teaspoon of clay.
  • Add essential oils.  
  • Apply facemask to clean skin, avoiding the areas around eyes and mouth.
  • Let dry for 5–15 minutes.  Grab a book, or your phone to log some scrolling time. Have a cup of coffee, tea, wine, whatever is your thing.  Just relax and let it do it's magic.
  • Rinse with warm water (I like to use a washcloth to help get it off) and follow with moisturizer.

It’s easy to whip up your own Clay Mud Mask and add a few essential oils that your skin will love. Take a few minutes once a week to give your skin some love!

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Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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