It took me a very long time to perfect this healing mud mask, but it ended up being so worth it. This mud mask is so fast acting you can see the difference after only one use.
Since the comfrey powder in this recipe heals the skin from the top, going inward, it's very important to make sure you skin is very clean before using the mask. I recommend washing with this deep pore cleanser before using this mask.
If you put the mask on your face with dirty pores, it might seal the dirt in under your skin, which can lead to acne. I always use it in combination with my deep pore cleanser, because there is no chance of leaving dirt behind on your skin.
I'm a working mom and part-time college student, so I don't always have a lot of time. That's why with my herbal Aesthetics masks, I generally make a slightly larger dry mixture, and store it.
When I get ready to use my mud mask, I can use about a tablespoon of the dry mixture at a time. That way I only have to make it once every couple of month. Once you mix the wet and dry ingredients together the mask doesn't keep for very long.
While all of the ingredients in this mud mask are beneficial and important, Comfrey powder is the most important ingredient.
Comfrey Root powder is something I've only ever seen used in homeopathic poultices, when there is a skin injury that needs to be closed quickly.
When I was a teenager I had a second degree burn on my arm, that bubbled up very quickly, and the doctors were sure was going to leave a scar. My mom took me to her friend, who's a western-trained Nurse Practitioner, turned herbalist.
She mixed up a large batch of poultice, made with comfrey root powder, Aloe Vera, and Vitamin E oil. My mom changed my poultice a few times a day for a little over a week, and the skin healed completely with no evidence of a burn ever existing.
I always remembered how well comfrey worked at helping my body regenerate that skin. When I decided I needed a skin "reset" one day, I thought "What if comfrey works on fixing the make-up damage too?"
I gave it a try, and on the first go around, I found my skin feeling smooth and looking beautiful the first night, but by the second day, I had some acne bubbling up under the skin.
I asked our herbalist, if that had something to do with the comfrey, which is when I learned that comfrey works from the outside in. She told me it seals the top layer of skin, and works it's way down, so if you use comfrey on your face without cleaning it first, you might trap dirt underneath your skin, and cause it to create a pimple.
For round 2 of my healing mud mask, I chose to use this pore cleanser first, and then use the mud mask afterward. That time it was a huge success.
My face was clean, glowing, and my skin looked more even than ever. After that it was an instant hit. I tried it on my husband, my sister, and several of my friends and every one of them loved it.
Since then, I tinkered with the recipe and added these other incredible ingredients to boost the power of the mud mask, and this is my final recipe.
Now it's my once a month total reset mask. If I need to get rid of acne really fast, I use this mud mask to do it.
An added effect of the Amla and comfrey together, is that they tighten your pores, so once your done, dirt is slower to re-accumulate inside your pores.
Amla powder comes from the Amla berry, which is extremely high in vitamin A. When topically used, vitamin A can help tighten your pores, giving your skin a glowing sheen and even consistency.
The Amla berry is dried out and ground into a fine powder, which is what we use here. Amla powder is also used in India as a natural conditioning agent for hair, because it's ability to tighten the strands, giving it a shining aesthetic and an airy softness.
While the other ingredients get in deep and clean out the inside of your pores, the Amla works to tighten them up, so they let less inside in the future. Amla is a very important part of this pore cleanser.
Ancient healers believed that the Neem tree was a sacred, because every part of the Neem tree can be used for some form of healing. The bark is very good for cleansing teeth, and relieving tooth pain. The stems of the leaves, can be made into tea to help boost the immune system, and the leaves themselves have been used for thousands of years to fight infection.
Neem powder comes from dried, ground up Neem leaves. The Neem leaves combat topical infections that may lead to acne, and also wipe our lingering infection under the skin, that is already starting to make an acne spot.
Neem cleans out any possible infection from your pores, making it a vital part of the pore cleanser.
Bentonite clay is a very common ingredient in mud masks, it is actually the "mud" in the mask. Bentonite clay is also known as "healing clay" because of it's incredible properties for your skin.
Bentonite clay puts off a charge, which helps reduce inflammation and encourage healing. After putting Bentonite clay on your skin, you can almost immediately notice a softer feel and more even appearance in the skin tone.
It give the skin a sort "glow" factor. I actually include Bentonite clay in several of my mask that aren't even mud masks. Every couple of month, I make a huge batch of this mask and coat my body with it, so I can "reset" the skin on my entire body, and have a glowing effect and even skin tone.
When working with Bentonite clay is it important not to let it come into contact with metal at any point. Metal deactivates the charge that is put off by the clay, causing it to lose a large part of its positive effect.
Aloe is often used for burn relief, but it's actually great for a number of skin healing applications. Aloe contains several anti-inflammatory enzyme compounds. When you're trying to nourish your skin, anti-inflammatory properties are extremely important. Whether internal or external, inflammation causes nothing but trouble.
Aloe is extremely soothing to skin (hair too), and can help it recover from a lot more than just sun damage.
Of course if you are trying to find natural organic mud mask ingredients, something directly from a plant is ideal.
When choosing an Aloe Vera Gel, it's important to think about what it is supposed to look like. When Aloe Vera Gel comes straight from the plant, it has a slight greenish hue to it, and it is not completely solid. It's more jelly-like.
The crystal clear, firm Aloe Vera Gel that you get from Walmart claims to be 100% pure Aloe, but it's the wrong color and consistency. That tells me it either came from a low quality plant, or was subject to processing. (Perhaps both)
When I'm looking for Aloe Vera Gel, I always look for something that is the consistency of mucus. I know it sounds nasty, but that's what good aloe should look and feel like.
Castor oil has incredible effects on both skin and hair, including being an antibiotic and disinfecting agent. I include castor oil in this recipe because this particular mud mask is very fast acting and can lock dirt underneath your skin if you do not clean your pore first.
Castor oil can help combat some of that effect, and can kill living bacteria on your skin, that might have gotten strapped there.
Castor oil is also incredible for increasing hair growth. Read more about that here.
In a small glass jar mix comfrey root powder, amala powder, neem powder, and bentonite clay. Store in a sealed jar as multiple - use mud mask.
Note: do not use metal when using bentonite clay, as it deactivate bentonite's natural charge, and causes it to lose some of its healing benefits.
In a small bowl mix 2tsp of the dry mixture with aloe vera gel, castor oil, and water.
Remember not to use metal when working with bentonite clay.
Mix thoroughly, making sure there are no lumps. Apply to clean dry face and leave until dry (15-20 minutes).
Rinse the mask off with warm water. Pat face dry, apply a toner, and lotion to finish skin care routine.