Clay masks have always been an important part of my skincare routine as a way to detox and deep clean my skin. I’ve always used the traditional mud/cream type, which I end DIY-ing a bit by adding some serum to combat the dryness, but with powder clay masks, the possibilities are endless!
The Tea Milk Matcha Pore Minimizing Face Mask (no longer available, but Origins has something similar) is the first powdered clay mask I’ve tried, and it was love at first use. It features just 3 simple, but excellent ingredients:
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder (Macha) – We all know drinking green tea is good for you, but it also has excellent skincare benefits. It’s an anti-oxidant that also has anti-inflammatory properties. EGCG, green tea’s active component, has also been shown to reduce collagen breakdown and UV damage (source)!
- Kaolinite (white clay) – A common ingredient in clay masks, kaolinite can help exfoliate, cleanse, and stimulate circulation to our skin. It can draw impurities from the skin without actually stripping skin of its natural oils, making it suitable for even dry skin types. This is also the mildest form of all clays typically used in clay masks.
- Bentonite – Another common clay used in skincare, it has excellent oil absorption abilities making it suitable for oily skin types.
To use this (or any other clay mask), you mix the powder with some water to create a paste, and apply the paste on your face as you would a regular clay mask. This is where the fun part comes in: instead of water, you could use a toner or even a serum to create a personalized mud mask to suit your needs!
Here are some of my favorite DIY clay mask recipes with the Tea Milk Matcha Pore Minimizing Face Mask, complete with my own
- Brightening Anti-Oxidant Clay Mask – Mix with Esthe Dew White Up Lotion for extra brightening effects. This toner comes in a huge bottle and has some decent ingredients, so it’s perfect for mixing with powdered masks or creating your own toner masks!
- Rich Soothing Clay Mask – Mix with Klairs Supple Preparation Toner for some extra hydration and soothing effects. To amp up the hydration, you can even add a drop of serum like the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum!
- Gentle Renewing Clay Mask – Mix with Pixi Glow Tonic for some extra exfoliation effect. CosRX also has a variety of AHA/BHA toners, but I haven’t tried those. I do like Pixi because it’s pretty gentle and it’s worked well for me.
- All Hail the Snail Clay Mask – Mix with the CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence for awesome snail goodness. Research has shown that snail mucin can actually decrease fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness (source), so why wouldn’t you want to add this to your mask mix? Plus how awesome is the name I came up with?
I think you guys get the idea here. If you want to go a more natural route, you can also use rose water, rice water, or even milk to mix with your powdered mask! Since powdered masks usually contain only a few ingredients, you don’t need to worry about potentially mixing incompatible ingredients together.
One more thing I love about powdered masks? The extended shelf life. No water means exponentially less chances of contamination, which means as long as you keep the mask in a cool dry place, it can last a long time.
Back to the Tea Milk Matcha Pore Minimizing Face Mask
Because I do want to touch up on how much I love this. Um, it smells like friggin matcha ice cream, and who doesn’t like skincare that smells like matcha ice cream!?
I find that 1/2 tsp of the mask with a little bit of toner is enough to cover my whole face. Once I wash it off, my skin feels softer, brighter, and I think the pores look smaller? It also doesn’t feel as drying as my other clay masks, but it seems to do the job just as well. Ding ding ding! I think I may have found a new favorite clay mask!
- Have you tried powder masks before? If so, please share some of the ones you’ve tried and your experiences with them!
- What are your thoughts on mixing different skincare products together? Yay? Nay? If you have any “recipes”, do share them in the comments below!