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:
- 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.
- Start with 1 tbsp of clay and 1/2 tbsp of yoghurt/milk or whatever liquid you use.
- 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.
- Every time you finish adding more clay or liquid, you have to mix them thoroughly.
- 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.
- 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:
- Clean your face with your favorite cleanser and warm water. Dry.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remember to avoid eye area!
- 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.
- Wash it off thoroughly with warm water. Then splash some cold water again after the mask is gone to close your pores. Dry.
- You don’t need to use a face cleanser again after this mask.
- 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.
Clove and wasabi should not be used alone on the skin.