Homemade Gentle Exfoliating Mask

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


I love the idea of using a clay mask to freshen up my face, but sometimes I find it a little too drying - especially in these windy winter months when I need all the moisturizing I can get. I had all of these ingredients lying around, and decided to experiment and create something with clay that's a little more restorative. 

What came of it was this gentle, beady/pearly clay and coco exfoliant. After using it, my skin felt so smooth and bright. The coconut oil mixed with the clay created these little beads that roll over your skin, kind of like a little face massage & the honey and cacao provide anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant benefits. I like that it's so natural it's almost edible :) For a slightly more intense exfoliant that still moisturizes, replace the clay with white or cane sugar.

Ingredients (for about 4 uses):
1 1/2 Tbsp. bentonite clay
2 Tbsp. coconut oil - preferably melted
1 tsp. cacao or coco powder
1/2 tsp. honey

Mix everything in a jar until wet and dry ingredients are completely incorporated. Smooth one or two teaspoons onto a freshly cleaned face & rub in circles to exfoliate. It's not super pretty & some of it might fall into the sink! But your face will thank you for it :) Leave on for 5-10 minutes, rinse, and follow with moisturizer.





21 comments :

  1. What are some of your inspirations and what do you like to write about the most/how do you decide what to write about. I am thrilled you are posting so much!

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    1. Honestly I just write about things that I'm already really interested in/inspired by lately! Usually it's new foods and ways to stay holistically well mentally and physically. There's no real rubric to it, just things I come across and get excited about :)

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  2. Could you do a look book post of your favorite outfits or looks and maybe write about your style inspo? I adoreeee everything about your fashion sense! Thanks for all the lovely posts :)

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    1. Yes I will definitely add that to my future post list :)

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  3. This reminds me of my facial exfoliator that I use by a brand called Esse that I LOVE! Love that I can now do it at home to save a few bucks!

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  4. I've been loving all your posts lately! I've had your blog bookmarked since you started years ago and have checked it haphazardly every day - I feel spoiled with all these updates!

    I would love to hear more about skincare and recipes :) I just made your tumeric rice porridge last night and it's delicious!! You've also completely inspired me to invest in skincare vs. makeup and I've never felt more confident!

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    1. Aw Im so happy to hear that! Thank you for keeping up over the years :) I'm aiming to keep up this posting spree as long as possible xoxo

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  5. what camera do you use? your photos are great!

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    1. I use a Canon EOS DSLR :) Thank you so much!

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  6. Hi Dayna, ok this blog has been making me so excited to take really good care of my skin. I am loving all of the tips and product recommendations. So, i recently ordered some Indian Healing Clay off of amazon that you put a link up to and i was just curious what you add to the clay powder to make a good face mask?

    p.s. ordered some innisfree face masks you recommended for a girls night and can't wait!!
    xoxo

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    1. Yay how awesome! It's so fun to tae care of yourself like that. For the clay mask, I just add equal parts water usually and mix to make a paste. :))

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  7. In an older post you mentioned the Clarisonic in your routine- do you still use it regularly? Trying to get some baby pores but always hesitant about using brushes over a period of time/ if they eventually just get tiring/clogged/etc. Thanks!

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    1. Yes! Almost every day to be honest. It's been 6 + months of consistent use and I only have positive feelings about it :)

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  8. Hi Dayna! I was wondering what foundation/ makeup products you use now ? Or if you know of any great brands/ products. Would you be able to make a post on that please some time in the near future??

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  9. Hi dayna! I e been dying to know what foundation/ makeup products you use now. Or if you know of any great make up products / brands. Also what made you want to get into modeling I know before you went to college and was wondering what made you want to transition from what you studied there to go into modeling.

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    1. I usually just use the Marc Jacobs powder and a little Revlon concealer if I have any spots :) a makeup artist used the Armani liquid foundation on me recently and I also thought that was really amazing.

      I got into modeling actually because someone "scouted" me in a restaurant. I was working at a law firm and was unsatisfied with the long, stressful hours and thought I'd give this a try. It's really irrelevant to my studies and work history, but I feel like it's something interesting to give a try :)

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    2. Your photos are so beautiful Dana (along with the writing). But the photos really capture the essence of what you're trying to speak through your posts -- it's the perfect balance!

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    3. Aw thank you so much, that means a lot! I've been trying to work on my photography skills lately :)

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  10. dayna, do you think i could sub the honey for something else? like maybe agave?

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    1. I've never tried agave on skin but I've heard it can help reduce dark spots! If you try it let me know how it goes. Otherwise, you can make this mask without the honey and leave it at that :) you'll still get the same intended exfoliation xx

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