Mix 1 tablespoon of French Green Clay with 1 to 1-1/4 tablespoons of water (you can use tap water, bottled water, or best of all QEDman Da Vinci Water). Experiment with the proportions of clay to water, because you may be able to use smaller amounts to create sufficient clay for a mask. For optimal results use a ceramic or glass bowl and your finger to mix. This way you can feel if the dry clay has mixed thoroughly with the liquid to a fairly thick yet easily spreadable consistency (that said, some people prefer a looser consistency). If desired, you can use a wooden spoon to mix, but avoid using metal because it effects the chemical make up of the clay. Spread mask evenly over entire face; avoid eyes and lips. Make certain to cover the surface, leave no blank spots. Then relax, preferably supine, while the mask dries completely (which typically takes about 20 minutes, but could take as long as 30 minutes); don’t make this a multi-tasking event. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then pat dry. At minimum, follow-up with a good toner to give the skin a final cleansing and a very light moisturizing (we suggest our QEDman Da Vinci Water). A good skincare regimen should include a mask at least once per week (no less than twice per month). Do not apply any type of facial mask just before a special occasion; the reason for this is the drawing power of the mask can flush the skin.
Can French Green Clay be used on all skin types? Yes. French Green Clay can be used to balance combination skin, normalize oily skin, and revitalize dry skin. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and has antiseptic healing properties that leave the skin feeling silky smooth.
How many masks can I get from 1-pound of French Green Clay? Approximately 35 masks. So IF you mask once per week, this bag will last approximately 9 months.
What about French Green Clay masks that come pre-mixed?
Though pre-mixed French Green Clay masks sound very convenient they are usually laden with oils and other additives which are absorbed by the clay and consequently reduce the clay's drawing power. Since the main reason for using French Green Clay is its drawing power (to literally suck the impurities out of your pores) making the mask fresh with a light weight substance like water or a hydrosol will give better drawing power.