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D.I.Y. Mask for oily skin


For oily skin, bentonite clay—an absorbent type of clay formed from aged volcanic ash—can be effective and soothing, says Ava Shamban, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin. “The clay will literally suck the oil out.”

Dr. Shamban recommends the recipe below—it contains green tea and Epsom salts, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Make the mask: Steep 1 cup of green tea at least 5 minutes. Scoop 2 tablespoons of tea into a bowl (be careful if the tea is still hot). Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salts in the tea in the bowl. Mix in about 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay and stir until you have a smooth paste. Spread the paste evenly over your skin. You can enjoy the remaining cup of tea as you relax with your mask. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before removing it with warm water.

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