Improve your skin and care for your hands with a nourishing DIY hand mask! This homemade clay mask is a good treatment to clarify and moisturise dry and sensitive skin. You only need 3 ingredients: French yellow clay, avocado oil, and calendula oil. You can also add essential oils to the mask, and I’ve listed a few suggestions below. This is an oil-based clay mask, which means it’s not going to dry and crust as water-based clay masks do. The skin on our hands is usually much drier than our facial skin. My goals were to create a mask that doesn’t further dry out the hands but moisturises and heals while clarifying at the same time. If you’re looking for a mask for your face, I recommend you try my DIY deep cleansing mud with Ghassoul clay, which is a great beauty product to tackle oily skin.
What’s in the homemade clay hand mask?
French yellow clay is a mild yet very absorbent clay, which makes it great for cleaning sensitive, irritation-prone skin. It will draw impurities out, remineralise and repair the skin, and boost the blood circulation in your hand. Avocado oil, which has a high content of antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamin E, is incredibly moisturising and can be beneficial for rejuvenating the skin and wound healing. Calendula oil has excellent moisturising properties, too, and helps to soothe split skin and chapped cuticles. This oil can also reduce redness and swelling, so it’s a good idea to spread the mask on your wrist as well.
What essential oils can I add?
When making my oatmeal hand scrub, I shared a list of essential oils that are gentle and soothing to dry skin. Since we’re once more treating our hands, I re-share this list here. Use a total of 6 drops of the following essential oils:
- carrot seed
If your skin is very sensitive or prone to allergic reactions, it’s best to omit the essential oils in this recipe. I also don’t recommend peppermint or citruses as these can be too stingy and drying on the skin.
Package and gift the DIY hand mask
If you’ve been around the blog for a time, you know that I love to share and gift my homemade skin care products. I packed the scrub in wide mouth, half pint mason jars and asked Cyna to create lovely printable labels for gifting the scrub to my girlfriends. You can also fill the scrub into small quilted mason jars and use it as a stocking filler for the upcoming holidays or as small favours for hen and bachelorette parties. The printable can be downloaded at the end of the post.
DIY Hand Mask
I used avocado oil to prepare the DIY clay mask. If preferred, use the same amount of sweet almond oil, extra-virgin olive, grapeseed oil, or apricot kernel oil.
For the clay mask
- 110 g (1 cup) French yellow clay
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) avocado oil
- 15 ml (1 tbsp) calendula oil
- 6 drops essential oil(s) (see above)
Packaging and gift giving
- clip top jars
- printable labels (download below)
1) Mix the clay hand mask
Add the French yellow clay, avocado oil, calendula oil, and essential oil(s) into a non-metallic bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or plastic whisk until well blended and no dry lumps of clay remain in the bowl. Use right away or fill into sterilised, airtight jars or containers for storage.
Info: Be careful when handling the clay as it may stain fabrics.
How to use the DIY hand mask
Remove any jewellery, then wash and dry your hands. Apply approximately 1 to 2 teaspoons of the clay mask to the back of your hands, also covering your fingers, cuticles, and nails. Leave the clay mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash your hands clean under warm, running water. Dry with a fresh towel and apply my hand balm, a few drops buckthorn seed oil, or a moisturiser.
Important tip: Use a clean, dry spoon or spatula to take out product from your jar or container. Don’t use our fingers or a wet tool to pick up the mask as these will contaminate the mixture with bacteria.
Shelf life and storage
Store the hand DIY hand mask in an airtight container or jar away from heat or direct sunlight for up to 3 months.
Print the labels on A4 or letter sticker paper and cut out along the grey outline. If using a clip top jar, apply the round label to the lid and wrap the long labels around the jar. If needed, trim the label to fit your container.
Free Printable Hand Mask Label
Click on the button to download your free printable hand mask label to package and gift your homemade beauty product in style.
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