Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask

By Amanda Paa – Updated April 13, 2023
4.80 from 5 votes
Enjoy a spa day at home with this easy to make moisturizing clay face mask. It's an affordable way to enhance your skin naturally!
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The 32nd year of my life is officially here. I had a great time celebrating despite the arctic blast, plummeting temperatures down to -15 degrees F. Classic January in Minnesota. We might be both – a little tougher for living here, and crazy!

And similar to the birthday activities of many 8th grade sleepovers, I’m spending a little more time doing girl-y stuff at home that just so happen to be good for my skin, and soul. Manicures, whipping a batch of hand repair cream, and now this Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask.

Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask {3 ingredients, using european clay powder}
Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask {3 ingredients, natural skincare}

I had no idea how simple DIY face masks were to make, as well as how helpful they are in keeping your skin healthy.

Making a DIY Clay Mask

Made from decomposed plant minerals from volcanic action, water activates the european clay powder, and all the nutrients that go along with it, providing cleansing that is great for all skin types. Essentially, the clay absorbs excess oils, dirt, makeup, bacteria, basically anything you don’t want in your pores.

And because of it’s natural texture, the mask provides gentle exfoliation too.

Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask with rosehip oil

Then you decide what to add to it depending on the skin benefits you’re hoping to gain. In doing some research I found that rose hip oil is a great moisturizer, and my face is definitely feeling the drying effects of the winter air, so I went with that.

You can also add a few drops of an essential oil you love to make it smell amazing, like grapefruit, which I find to be rejuvenating and calming.

Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask with rosehip oil
Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask {3 ingredients, natural skincare}

From there, it’s simply mixing the ingredients together until creamy, slathering it all over your face, and letting it do its thing for 10 minutes. 

Between the cooling effect of putting it on, then the warm wash cloth to remove it, it’s totally a feel good–treat yourself kind of experience.

And it costs about $8 compared to a salon facial which might set you back $60. Win.

Enjoy your spa day at home!

Cat snuggles.
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Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask with rosehip oil

Moisturizing DIY Clay Mask

Enjoy a spa day at home with this moisturizing clay face mask.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time :5 minutes
Additional Time :10 minutes
Total Time :15 minutes
Yield: 1 face mask
Author: Amanda Paa




  • Small bowl for mixing
  • Hand towel
  • Face Mask Brush Applicator (optional)


  • Mix all ingredients together, then paint onto face with your fingers or mask brush.
  • Let sit on your skin for 10 minutes.
  • Gently remove with a warm cloth, and rinse. Finish by applying the skin moisturizer you typically use every day.

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January 18, 2016


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  1. Dena R White

    If I made in large batches how long does this recipe last?

  2. Mesha

    5 stars
    I’m a new mommy and was in need of a lil TLC while baby girl slept and this was the perfect thing! Quick easy and smells Soo refreshing! Thank you!

    • Amanda Paa

      Oh, yay! And congratulations on being a new mom!

  3. Rosie

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you for sharing such fun post on making this clay mask! I have been using rosehip oil by itself, but have not tried mixing it with other ingredients. I will try your DIY recipe for sure!!! Quick question, besides using Rosehip, do you recommend adding any other oil for anti-aging purpose? I heard that Marula oil may be a good option too. Thank you so much for your recommendation!

    I am in my 30s+ and would like to start my anti-aging facial routine.

    • Amanda Paa

      You could certainly add that!

  4. Jody

    I am a 60 year old grandma with 4 grand babies ,ages 1-7. One of our favorite things to do on a week end is “girl’s night out / sleepover”. The spare mattress is hauled in front of tv. Pizza. Movies. Spa time is next where we fix each other up; hair, nails, txments and make up. After we’re cleaned up we take pics. Sometimes we need to have crafts to keep us out of trouble earlier in the day. We will try some out and let u know how the fun turns out!

    • amandapaa

      Jody, I loved reading this! I want to be your granddaughter :) So great that you get to spend some quality girl time together. I hope you enjoy the mask!

  5. Alison @Food by Mars

    5 stars
    Love this – I use a clay mask just with water, but adding the essential oils is genius. I have to try it out. Love the peaceful photos and I so hope you had an amazing 32nd birthday, darling!! #treatyoself

  6. genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    I hope you had an amazing birthday, you lovely lady! I’ve been making my own scrubs for a while but haven’t tried my hand at homemade masks. I’ve got to add this to my list of DIY projects! One of my friends had spa nights when we were in university and she’d always provide homemade beauty things for us to try. So fun! <3

  7. Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    I love this so much!!! My daughter is really into DIY beauty treatments right now, so I know we will have fun with this one. Pinning!

    • amandapaa

      that’s awesome! i like her style already. she must have learned from a smart mama. :)

  8. Christine

    Amanda! It’s been on my mind to send you a note lately but in the meantime: 1 – your new site design looks ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, I love it so much! so colourful and vibrant and beautiful. 2 – at home spa recipes like this make me so happy, I love them and keep a gazillion different carrier oils, essential oils, dried flowers, various clays, etc on hand always. I will definitely be making a mask like this to calm myself down one night this week, and 3 – I hope January is off to a wonderful start for you! xoxo

    • amandapaa

      Hi Christine! So good to hear from you – hope all is well. And thank you for the kind words about the site redesign.

      It felt so good to take a little slow down and make this mask. My skin felt so refreshed after it. Love how it pulls out some of the natural toxins from the air. xo

  9. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Having Spa time at home is so luxurious. I need to do this, STAT! I’ve not tried a clay mask, but I’m curious because my skin is feeling so dry this winter. Happy Birthday my dear! May this be your best year yet!

  10. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    One of my goals this year was to be nicer to myself with more at home spa treatments, so this is so well timed! I’m actually having a ‘treat yo’self’ day on Friday, so this is going into my rotations :) p.s. I fully support ALL the cat tights!

  11. Gena

    I am so remarkably lazy with my skin routine, but I do love the idea of more DIY products and treatments! This is an inspiring push to try them out, Amanda.