At one point I was working on developing masks for sale, but the more I worked on the different ingredients and combinations, the more convinced I became that a freshly-made mask offers the best result by far. I shall therefore pass on my experiences with masks, starting with how to make and apply a basic face mask.
Start with approx 2 tablespoons of the liquid (water, herbal infusion or hydrosol). Sprinkle the clay (or powdered seaweed as shown here) and allow it to sink in before stirring. Be patient and you shall be rewarded with no lumps!
As soon as all of the powder is absorbed, stir until you have a smooth paste. You may need to adjust the liquid/powder ratio slightly to get the desired texture. Then add any extra ingredients you may desire. With this particular seaweed mask, I add 4 drops of rosewood essential oil, then stir well. Rosewood helps stimulate new cell growth and is sebum-balancing (great for very oily, very dry, or mature skin).
Before applying the mask, wash your face with a good cleanser, then lightly blot dry. Now your skin is ready for your mask.Use a smallish, natural bristle paint brush to apply to face and neck area. The texture of the paste should be thin enough to go on easily, yet thick enough to stick to the brush.
Be sure to leave the area around your eyes and lips untouched. Ideally, you should lie down and relax for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off the mask. I usually end up running around doing other things (like scaring my family half to death with this green monster face!)
To remove: use plenty of water and gently massage the skin as you remove the mask. You may find it more comfortable to use a thoroughly moistened, natural sponge to help remove the mixture. Take your time and be gentle! After rinsing, blot your face dry, then apply a skin tonic or face mist. Finish with a good moisturizer and enjoy your replenished and revitalized skin!