DIY | Face Mask for Toning & Balancing

The Christmas season is in full swing and my classes are officially over! Now that I have time to concentrate on my finances and rest, I also want to get back into making more DIY beauty products to pamper myself with.

I recently decided to add bentonite clay to my list of ingredients. I’ve been experimenting with that along with the others in my stash to try and make a wonderful face mask that works for my skin. After a couple of tries, I found a recipe that works and I’m really to share it with you!

This mask is good for oily, normal, and combination skin or if you just need something to tone your face once in a while. Be warned; it does have apple cider vinegar in it, so if your skin is sensitive, you may not like this mask.

Face Mask Ingredients


  • ½ tbsp bentonite clay

  • filtered or distilled water

  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ tsp raw honey

  • ¼ tsp shea nut oil (optional)

You can adjust this according to what you like. Remember, when working with bentonite clay, NEVER use metal spoons or a metal container!

I start with ½ tablespoon of the clay into a mason jar. I prefer a mason jar over a bowl because it’s easier to work with.

One Scoop of Clay

Next, I add in as much water as needed to make the clay swell up into a nice paste that isn’t runny and not super lumpy. I mix it up using a wooden stick since you can’t use metal.

After Adding Water

Once the mixture is to where I want it to be, I then add ½ teaspoon of my apple cider vinegar. I recommend the unfiltered kind with the “mother” for more nutrients.

Now for the honey! I use only ¼ teaspoon of it and it gets a little messy trying to add it in. Be sure you have some paper towels or an old towel you don’t mind getting filthy.

Ready to Mix

This part is optional, but sometimes I top off the mask with ¼ teaspoon of shea nut oil for moisture. If you don’t have this oil, you can use any oil of your choice. If you don’t want to add an additional oil, you can skip this step.

I then mix everything together thoroughly to smooth out any lumps I missed and my mask is ready to be used!

Clay Face Mask

Since it has water in it, I dispose of what’s left immediately and I don’t store it because I’m afraid of it getting moldy. I smooth it on my face after washing with soap, leave it on for the duration of my shower and rinse it off before leaving. My face comes out even, toned and not stiff feeling each time!

Mask Application

Give this a try; it may be better than a store-bought mask! What are your face mask recipes? Share them below!

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