Get Professional Clear-Skin Results At Home With A Clay Face Mask


If you've ever had a fancy spa facial then you will have experienced the amazing detoxification effects of a clay face mask. There are many different groups of clays, from Bentonite, Zeolite, Pyrophyllite, Kaolin and Rhassoul to European. They are all incredibly healing, detoxifying and mineral-rich.

In fact, Rhassoul Clay, which is my favourite is unique in that it is composed of 100% minerals and trace elements. It has a super high content of silica, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and other minerals making it extremely beneficial for the skin, scalp and hair.

Clays are incredible detoxifying due to their extraordinary ability to draw out toxins, pesticides, chemicals and heavy metals from the body through a process called ionic exchange.


Atlas Mountains, Morocco - Photo by Louis Hansel @unsplash

Rhassoul clay (also known as ghassoul clay or Moroccan red clay) is sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and is formed by a natural combination of volcanic activity and geothermal changes.  The word "rhassoul" is derived from the Arabic verb "rassala" which means "to wash".  The clay is quarry mined from small underground chambers deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco.  It is washed and left out to dry under the desert sun and untreated, the only process it goes through is refinement and micronisation (which massively increases its power of absorption) to produce a very fine, smooth, almost silken powder.



Besides its mineral-rich healing benefits, a clay face mask has the amazing ability to draw out toxins from the body.  Rhassoul has negatively charged molecules (anions) which produce a powerful negative electromagnetic charge when it comes into contact with liquid/water.  Most toxins, pesticides and heavy metals have positively charged molecules (cations).  Rhassoul clay essentially "seeks" out toxins in the body to bind with, because naturally, any substance that has a missing ion (which gives it its "charge") looks for oppositely charged substances that make it complete.  Once bound the clay is able to help remove toxins, chemicals, pesticides, impurities and heavy metals from the body when rinsed off the skin.  This is what makes clay such an effective detoxifying agent. Certain clays are even recommended  to help with detoxification after chemo and radiation therapy.


Rhassoul is known for its swelling ability when added to liquid making it highly absorbent and giving it an excellent carrying capacity.  Toxins are drawn up through the skin out of the lymph fluid and carried away inside the clay particle.  The skin absorbs the minerals from the clay while giving out toxins in a process called ionic exchange, resulting in healthier skin! This is why clay is used in spa facials and inch loss body wraps.  Clays have been used to heal skin infections and even internal ailments for thousands of years.


Clay makes for a great DIY Acne Face Mask because of its antimicrobial properties.  It is known to kill bacteria and help protect the skin from attack, at the same time clay does not destroy our individual skin flora. It is particularly effective at absorbing excess sebum, while alkalising and contributing to the health of the skin/scalp and hair follicle. Plus helping to reduce hair loss.  It makes for a great addition to your beauty regime for all skin types, especially those troubled with acne and dry skin conditions. 


Clay is crystalline in structure and each tiny particle is a powerhouse of energy. Crystals are capable of holding and transforming energy.  Rhassoul clay is said to hold the energies of the natural elements, earth, air and sun due to the process by which it is obtained.  Some believe that the clay, with its crystal structure acquires an energy charge from being left to dry under the sun and moon. Perhaps it is the energy of the sun that makes clay so beneficial for psoriasis and skin conditions which normally respond well to sunlight. Equally the energies of the earth are grounding and calming. 


On a molecular level clay particles are somewhat rough, helping to exfoliate the skin and get flaky skin or scalps back to optimum condition. The outer layer of the skin needs exfoliation regularly allowing toxins to be released through sweat and sebum excretion.  Dead skin can contain toxins which the body has not eliminated through other channels. Rhassoul clay gentle scrubs away dead skin while remineralizing and conditioning the skin and scalp.



I buy a kg of rhassoul clay for around £10 and it easily lasts me about a year as so little is needed to make a face or hair mask.  It can be mixed with Floral Waters, Apple Cider Vinegar or just plain (bottled, not tap!) water to make a cheap and easy, but very effective detoxifying face or hair mask.   You can add your favourite oils to the mix, plus add ground oats to the face mask for a 2 in 1 scrub and mask. Steam your face for 10 minutes first for even better results.

To avoid activating your mask before you get a chance to apply it, DO NOT use metal utensils to mix the clay.  Use a glass or plastic bowl and a wooden or plastic spoon.

  • Face Mask - Mix 2 Tsp Rhassoul Clay with 1 Tbsp Rose Water to make a paste.  Add 1 Drop Each of Lavender, Frankincense + Cypress Essential Oils for a super powerful anti-aging mask.  The oils are optional, the mask will detoxify the skin just as well without them.  Leave on face for 10-20 minutes (tingling/stinging sensation is normal, it means it's working!)  Be sure to massage into the skin when rinsing to get the full exfoliating benefits of the clay. This mask can be used all over the body too!

  • Hair Mask - This Rhassoul "Mud" Hair Mask will alkalize and remineralize the scalp.  I'll admit I only do this once a month as it is a little time consuming but oh, so worth it!  It is incredibly healing for scalp issues and I find it very conditioning for my hair.  Mix 1 Quarter Cup Rhassoul Clay1 Quarter Cup Apple Cider Vinegar + 1 Quarter Cup Rose Water + 1 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerine to make a thin paste.  You want this mask a little thinner than the face mask in order to work through your hair, so add more rose or bottled water if needed.  Make sure your apple cider vinegar is room temperature and not cold from the fridge as this will turn the mask lumpy!  I tend to pour whatever liquid I'm using over the top of clay powder and let it sit for a few minutes, the mixture will fizz as the air bubble escape from the clay. I find this gives me a smoother mask. Also, as stated before, rhassoul clay expands and swells quite a lot. I use a quarter cup for my waist-length hair. If your hair is shorter use less.  Section your hair off if it is long, make sure you run the clay right through to the ends of your hair to get all the conditioning benefits of the clay.