Clay Masks

As soon as my little jar of clay mask is empty, I make a new batch.  There is a bit of planning on this because, being a bit on the weird side, i like to use only rain water to mix in with the clay harvested from the earth.

The clay in this mix is from the North Central Plains (or Visitors maps calls Panhandle Plains) area of Texas, near Olney.  To be precise, in the rocky paddock in front of the home of my rancher friends who live there.  Early this spring, i made a road trip to go visit and amongst many activities, their children and i collected a couple gallons of good ‘ole Texas clay.  (Our Missouri clay works great as well – it’s just red)

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Yup, that grayish/greenish rocky looking stuff is the clay we harvested and bagged and i brought home with me.

 

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Nice – a bit over an inch of rainfall in the gauge!
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Pour that liquid gold into a super clean glass spice jar.  Chooks in the background not paying a bit of attention to me.
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I only make about 1/2 cup at a time because without preservatives, it can get kind of rank smelling if it sits for more than a couple weeks.  I use a plastic screw type lid rather than metal because the metal one, i’ve found will rust and be hard to open.  Check out those two huge bags of dry clay harvested!  Probably last the rest of my life.
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Drop in some clumps of dried clay.
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Add the water.  Can’t give you an exact recipe – clay is going to be different and you’ll need to add more or less water for your batch.
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After i add the water, i screw on the lid and give it a swirl, then let nature take its course and use the erosive capabilities of water break down the clay clumps into softened lumps.  Much easier then to stir and smash any bits that didn’t completely break down.
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Add more or less water as necessary for desired consistence.  
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Smooth the clay mixture over your face and allow to dry – doesn’t take more than a few minutes.  Please excuse my blood shot eyes – haven’t been imbibing this early, just been out shifting my cows and ragweed season is in full assault mode. 😦
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All dry and ready to remove with a warm wet washcloth.  Keep the spa feeling going by relaxing in your favourite chair with a warm wet towel draped over your face.  Will make removing the clay easier, but more importantly, provide at least a moment to relax.  Or jump in the shower to rinse!