How to make Clay & Tea Tree Face Mask - Tender Essence

How to make Clay & Tea Tree Face Mask

When was the last time you used a face mask? If we’re all honest with ourselves, we probably don’t use them as often as we should. They’re a real treat for your skin, and they deserve to be a staple in every skincare routine. Dry, oily, combination – whatever your skin type, there’s an option for you. This particular recipe is great for detoxing your skin. It’s ideal if you encounter a lot of pollution or have acne – the three simple ingredients draw out impurities, clear clogged pores, and tighten up your skin.

Aztec healing clay draws impurities from the skin, while witch hazel tightens pores and tones skin. Tea tree essential oil is the finishing touch – it’s a natural acne treatment used to keep spots and bacteria at bay. Combine them all and you get glowing, clear skin.

Hand reaching for pot of face mask

Clay and Tea Tree Face Mask Recipe



  • non-metallic spoon
  • non-metallic bowl (preferably glass)

It’s important you don’t let the clay touch metal, as it will lose the negative charge which allows it to draw out impurities.


Time needed: 15 minutes.

This clay and tea tree face mask uses just three ingredients to deep cleanse and tighten up your skin. Detox polluted skin or draw out spot-causing oils and bacteria.

  1. Combine clay and witch hazel

    Weigh the clay out into your bowl, then pour into the witch hazel and stir until smooth. Make sure you don’t use any metal utensils as these will neutralise the clay, meaning it can’t draw impurities out. The mixture may fizz as you stir it – this is normal.

  2. Stir in the tea tree oil

    We suggest adding 5-10 drops. Use less if your skin is more sensitive or prone to dryness, and more if you have oilier skin or acne.

  3. Apply the face mask

    You have to use this face mask immediately, as it will set. Wash and dry your face, then use your fingers to spread the mask around your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on until the mask is fully dried (around 10-15 minutes).

  4. Rinse off with warm water

    Wash the mask away, then pat your face dry. Your skin may be slightly flushed, as this mask draws blood to the surface. Leave your face to dry completely (your skin will start to feel tight) then apply a moisturiser. For best results, use this mask one or two times a week.

Helpful Hint: You can use this mask to combat back or chest acne. You’ll need to double or triple the quantities to cover a larger area.

Having a go at the recipe? Share your creations with us on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram. If you want more recipes and ideas like this, then you can find them in our book Bright and Beautiful – Making Your Own Natural Cosmetics, available here.

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