By Holly Sosa
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Where I live there are no spas. Our small desert town is quiet, sleepy, and the closest thing to a spa around here is the Dollar General where we can pick up household supplies to hold us over until our next trip into town. I’m not complaining. I’ve come to love the quiet, the spectacular mountain views, and especially the community of people here. But I do miss those spa days on occasion. Thankfully I’m pretty crafty and created my own version of a spa day right in my own home with this DIY Coffee Mud Face Mask. We don’t need no stinking spa!
In a small bowl, I combined some bentonite clay and coffee grounds using a wooden spoon. It’s important to use glass and wood here because the clay actually pulls out metals and impurities. Using wood and glass helps keep it at it’s purest absorbency so it will be most effective on your face.
Next I added some apple cider vinegar and a couple drops of tea tree essential oil, mixing it all together until it formed a paste.
Using my fingers I applied the mask to my face (for purposes of this tutorial, I’m showing application on my arm), avoiding the eye area, and let it sit for about eight minutes.
Just enough so the clay hardens but doesn’t become cracked or dry. That can make skin too dry. All I want is for the mask to have enough time to pull out and absorb impurities while also allowing my skin to absorb the clay’s minerals. If it hardens, it could dehydrate my skin which is exactly the opposite of what we want, right?
To remove the mask I used warm water and a cloth, patted my face dry with a clean towel, and then applied moisturizer (the apple cider vinegar already toned my skin for me!).
My skin always feel so soft, refreshed, and exfoliated after one of these masks. This one is so easy to make and the bentonite clay offers several benefits like circulation stimulation, exfoliation, and bacteria removal.
- 2 teaspoons bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon coffee grounds
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- In a glass bowl, using a wood spoon, combine clay and coffee.
- Add vinegar and essential oil.
- Mix until paste forms.
- Apply to face with fingers.
- Allow mask to set for 5-10 minutes until hard, but not dry or flaky.
- Remove with warm water and towel.
- Store leftover mask in air tight container in fridge for up to seven days.