• Janki T. Patel, PharmD

My absolute favorite 2 ingredient DIY face mask

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Radiant, glowing, clear, & even-toned. These are adjectives that describe my skin goals. Would you agree? Maybe I'm being optimistic, but I think it can all be achieved without spending so much! The cosmetic market is so convincing these days on all things beauty, but even after obtaining these products, we end up living in a cycle of just consuming and consuming without really having the benefits our skin truly needs. Or, at least it seems that way to me some days. When it comes to skin care, my approach is to create simplicity and effortlessness. If that's your jam, then this face mask is for you! It's so good, that I created an entire post dedicated to just one mask. If you do choose to try it, I hope you and your skin enjoy it as much as I do.

DIY Face Mask:

1.5 tablespoons of Bentonite Clay powder (I've tried many brands, but so far I prefer Redmond's.)

3 tablespoons of water


1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp of citrus zest


1) Using a non-metal bowl (due to inactivation of the clay), mix the water and clay powder until a smooth, slightly liquid paste forms.

2) Apply using your finger, or wooden spoon evenly to coat your entire face.

3) Allow the clay to dry completely (I wait until I can't smile without the clay crumbling off.)

4) Wash off the clay with hot water. Voila!


*More water may be required if the consistency of your clay paste is too thick. You also don't want it too runny as the clay will be diluted and take a much longer time to dry.

*This mask may also be using for your hair and skin. I've used it on my entire body and love doing so from time to time.

*Clay has natural drying properties, so if your skin is on the drier side, it may be helpful to moisturize or apply a facial oil after taking off the mask.

*I always apply this right before I step into the shower, so that the steam opens up my pores and allows for a deeper cleanse.

*Not sponsored. This is just my honest opinion.

*Affordable and lasts a while.



Bentonite Clay: By nature, bentonite clay is polycationic. This means that it binds to and absorbs negatively charged toxins (i.e organochlorine, aflatoxins). While there is more research needed on the true benefit of clay externally and internally, ancient traditions in numerous cultures found women carrying large clumps of clay in their sacks and consuming them to treat different ailments/remedies ranging from GI disturbances to topical wounds. This is not something I am proposing one should do or not do. However, I have consumed food grade clay (~1 tsp mixed with 8 oz water in order to help with digestive issues in the past, and anecdotally, I have found it to relieve my symptoms.) Caution is warranted with the quantity and source of clay as some products have been shown to have trace amounts of lead.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Fermented apple cider has been known for its health benefits for hundreds of years. To name a few, it has been praised for its digestive benefits, probiotic-rich source, weight management, skin toning, regulation of blood glucose levels, reduction of PCOS symptoms, improvement of arterial function, and even contains antimicrobial properties. I apply a few drops as a toner every night to prevent/treat the occasional bouts of acne.

Citrus Zest: A study found that use of citrus peel in tea may be associated with a reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. Citrus also contains Vitamin C and the peel of citrus is full of oils that can help to brighten and balance our skin tones. It also smells super fresh!

Source Reference:

Apple Cider Vinegar. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/apple-cider-vinegar/

Hakim, I. A., & Harris, R. B. Joint effects of citrus peel use and black tea intake on the risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. BMC Dermatology. 2001;1:3.

Hakim IA1, Harris RB, Ritenbaugh C. Citrus peel use is associated with reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.Nutr Cancer. 2000;37(2):161-8.

Moosavi M. Bentonite Clay as a Natural Remedy: A Brief Review. Iran J Public Health. 2017; 46(9): 1176–1183.