Clove & Wasabi Clay Mask

THE RECIPE

What you need:
(all measurements are very approximate; use your best judgement)

  • 1-2 tbsp of Kaolin (White) Clay
  • 1/4 tsp or less of Wasabi powder (not wasabi-flavoured powder; pick those that contain at least 75% of pure wasabi powder)
  • 3-5 tsp of Pure Clove Powder (freshly grind would be best)
  • 1 tbsp of Honey
  • 1/2-1 tbsp of Plain Yoghurt/Milk/Lemon Juice/Lime Juice/Green Tea
  • 1/2 tsp of marjoram-infused olive oil (optional; you can use extra virgin olive oil instead) –> I made this myself. Tutorial for this will be post later
  • A glass/ceramic container or bowl (I usually use a chinese rice bowl. Picture’s here)
  • A small spoon/spatula

How to make it:

  1. Mix all the ingredients throughly in a glass/ceramic container or bowl with a spoon/spatula. Make sure there’s no clumps of clay left.
  2. Start with 1 tbsp of clay and 1/2 tbsp of yoghurt/milk or whatever liquid you use.
  3. If the consistency is too watery, add more clay. If it’s too thick, add more yoghurt/milk/whatever liquid you use (not honey though). Although honey is liquidy, if you use too much, the mask will be too hard to apply (too messy). 1 tbsp of honey is more than enough.
  4. Every time you finish adding more clay or liquid, you have to mix them thoroughly.
  5. Continue adjusting until it reaches your desired consistency. You can try to apply a small amount of it at the back of the hand first to make sure.
  6. Your end result will be enough for a few applications, so transfer them to an airtight container (try not to use plastic or aluminium; glass/ceramic is best) and put the rest of the mask in the fridge for your next use.

How to use it:

  1. Clean your face with your favorite cleanser and warm water. Dry.
  2. Apply the mask on dry, freshly cleaned face and/or neck using your finger or a mask brush. I converted an unused foundation brush to a mask brush.
  3. You will feel some stinging sensation on your skin depending on the amount of wasabi powder you use. If you put a lot of it, you’ll feel the eye-watering sensation just like when you eat a wasabi paste. Don’t worry, that means it’s working, and that sensation will dissapear after a few minutes. If you can’t stand the “hotness”, reduce the amount of wasabi powder, or add more clay and yoghurt/liquid.
  4. Remember to avoid eye area!
  5. Leave the mask on for as long as you like, or you can wash it off soon after it dries. I recommend to leave it on for at least 30 minutes for better result.
  6. Wash it off thoroughly with warm water. Then splash some cold water again after the mask is gone to close your pores. Dry.
  7. You don’t need to use a face cleanser again after this mask.
  8. Continue with toner and moisturizer of your choice.

Results (will vary):

After using this mask a few times a week, you will probably notice that your skin feels brighter, smoother and supple. Acne will also be tamer. For those of you that has oilier face and more acne, I recommend to use this mask 3-4 times a week and leave the mask on for an hour, if you live in the tropics like me. However, if you have drier skin, once or twice a week is enough. Remember to tone and moisturize after washing off the mask.

To sum up, this mask is for those who want to detoxify their skin for brighter and clearer face. Those with oily and acne-prone skin will benefit from this mask.

Warning:

Clove and wasabi should not be used alone on the skin.

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INGREDIENTS’ INFORMATION

White Kaolin Clay

Kaolin Clay

The word kaolin is derived from the name of the Chinese town Kao-Ling (or Gaoling, high ridge), located in the Jiangxi Province of southeast China, where the written description of porcelain can be found. The word kaolin is now used as a loose trade and geologic term to refer to white clayey rock that is predominantly composed of Kaolin Group (khandite) minerals. The most common constituent is the mineral kaolinite.

White Kaolin Clay is found in virtually all powdered and dry cosmetics and most wet cosmetics.

Its natural absorbent properties makes it essential in hygiene products and is often found in soaps, scrubs, poultices, deodorants, facial powders and masks. It is the mildest of all clays and is suitable to add to products created for people with sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. Like all clays, kaolin draws impurities out from the skin. However, it does not draw oils from the skin, so it can also be used on dry skin types without negative results.

It is also used in paper making, paint, fiberglass, porcelains and ceramics, china, and toothpaste. Some of the most popular products made with Kaolin Clay are Kaopectate, Rolaids, Di-gel, Mylanta, and Maalox.

I bought this almost 2 years ago from a department store in KL.

I bought this almost 2 years ago from a department store in KL.

Wasabi

Historically, the potent plant has been prided for its antimicrobial properties and used by Japanese natives to protect from food poisoning. It has also been proven as a natural antibacterial agent with a high concentration of potassium, calcium, vitamin C and phytochemicals, strengthening the body’s antioxidant defenses and aiding the skin against free radicals. It helps to detoxify the skin, brighten it (due to the high amount of vit.C) and treats acne.

Its power transcends just ingesting, and has been shown as equally beneficial when applied topically to the skin. Which, naturally, made the skincare industry and its inexhaustable search for interesting beauty-making ingredients take note. Seduced by wasabi’s stimulating nature, its since been added into a slew of skin care products and included in facials and body treatments at spas

Wasabi is difficult to cultivate, and that makes it quite expensive. Due to its high cost, a common substitute is a mixture of horseradish, mustard, starch and green food coloring. Outside of Japan, it is rare to find real wasabi plants. Often packages are labeled as wasabi, but the ingredients do not actually include wasabi plant. Although the taste is similar between wasabi and horseradish, they are easily distinguished. In Japan, horseradish is referred to as seiyō wasabi (西洋わさび, “western wasabi”). In the United States, true wasabi is generally found only at specialty grocers and high-end restaurants.

So, for this mask, try to use a true wasabi powder. It is indeed expensive, but since you only use at most a quarter of teaspoon of wasabi for a recipe anyway, even a small tin will last you a few years.

Bought this at a grocery store here

Bought this at a grocery store here

Clove

Cloves have a great warm flavor and you’ll find them in plenty of warm holiday drinks and foods, but they also offer you many health benefits.

  • Cloves have one of the highest antioxidant rankings of any spice.
  • They can help you kick a respiratory infection. They work as an expectorant, loosening mucus in the throat and esophagus so you can cough it up.
  • They help clear acne thanks to eugenol, a natural antiseptic that balances the skin, stopping future breakouts.

Clove is an effective Ayurvedic remedy for acne. I know its not something everyone woud want to try because, like wasabi, it also burns. However, its benefits can’t be overlooked. Clove is a natural antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal agent. It also holds aphrodisiac and circulation-stimulating capacities.

Manuka Honey
Honey

I guess everyone already knows what a great thing honey is for skin. It is in the ingredient lists of most skincare products in the world. So, what’s so great about it?

Honey’s ability to absorb and retain moisture make it an ideal ingredient in a lot of cosmetics as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying. It is known that ancient beauties regularly applied a mixture of honey and milk to the face to keep the skin young-looking, radiant, and smooth.

Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, supports the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. One of the most common natural skin care benefits with honey is related to treatment of minor acne acne which could be caused by hormonal changes or “heatiness in the body”, as traditional Chinese medicine would call it to refer to the imbalance of yin and yang in the body. Honey absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent. With the wide-ranging of natural skin care recipes, it is no wonder that there exists a huge number of honey products in the market for hair care, baby care, skin care for sunscreen, hand lotions, facial scrubs and moisturizers. And for instance, the Manuka Honey Lip Balm is an effective and natural moisturiser. It contains sun protection properties to soothe and protect the lips from becoming dry and chapped in cold and dry weather.

Plain Yoghurt/Milk/Lemon Juice/Lime Juice/Green Tea

When topically applied to the skin, velvety yogurt will help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn and reduce discoloration. It’s an all-around beauty multitasker. Just be sure to use a plain, organic variety. You don’t want unnecessary additives and sugar anywhere near your body. Don’t use this if you’re allergic to dairy products.

Just like yoghurt, milk can also lighten the skin because of its lactic acid content. Lactic acid has the ability to lighten up, brighten and tone skin complexion because it reduces melanin. However, skin lightening process takes some time so be patient enough and try to use it on regular basis for best result. Again, use plain milk. Milk can soothe dry and irritated skin, brighten a dull complexion and gently exfoliate away dead skin.

Lemon & lime juice may aid in diminishing the appearance of scars and age spots. It may also reduce the appearance of scars left behind from acne lesions. They also work as a mild exfoliator. The citric acid contained in lemon and lime juice works as a mild skin peel by removing the outermost layer of your skin (dead skin cells). If you have sensitive skin, consider using yoghurt, milk or green tea for this mask.

Green tea helps reduce skin inflammation and redness, protects and rejuvenates skin cells, and assists with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure. Studies have shown that green tea reactivates dying skin cells that are at the end of their life cycle, and also note the potential benefits for various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles, wounds, and scars. To use green tea for mask, first, you have to brew a cup of strong cup of green tea leaves with hot water. If you prefer teabags, don’t buy the flavored kind for this mask (like peach green tea, mango green tea, etc.). Pure and simple green tea leaves will suffice. Wait for it to cool down to room temperature before mixing it with the other ingredients.

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3 thoughts on “Clove & Wasabi Clay Mask

  1. Pingback: Skin Care Regime « TOE vs LOVE

  2. This is fantastic. I love at home masks, so often they are the best!

    • Thanks for the reply 🙂

      I think so too. I’ve been using this mask for a few weeks and my skin has cleared considerably. Store-bought masks hardly work for me. They are not cheap either 😦
      I got the idea of combining clove with wasabi because there’s still a lot of clove powder left from making christmas eggnog. I definitely don’t want it to go to waste.

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