I whipped up this moringa face mask the day after returning from Philadelphia, where I met with my publisher and we took some pretty photos for my upcoming book (!). After many hours spent on airplanes and in airports, jumping from dry to humid to dry again, and days of wearing a whole lotta makeup, I was craving some serious clay cleansing. This is what I came up with.
The ingredients are simple enough. I started with a simple mix of gentle white kaolin clay and water, and to that I added some raw honey and some moringa leaf powder. These four ingredients came together to make a lovely light green paste that left my complexion refreshed and brighter. Bye bye, plane scum!
I chose a raw honey I brought back from Costa Rica. It’s a ruddy dark brown colour and quite thin for honey. I purchased it at a wee farmers market and the lady who sold it to me explained in a combination of English and Spanish that the bees harvested the pollen from a special plant in the rain forest to make this dark, medicinal honey. She told me it was the sort of thing kids would be given when they were sick as a sort of cough syrup, so I thought it would be fantastic to add a healing boost to my mask. I’m assuming most of you don’t have this rather odd honey at home, but any raw honey will work as well.
Up next, moringa powder. Moringa is something else I first heard about in Costa Rica, from a Canadian ex-pat who spoke of it with infomercial like excitement. My interest was piqued, so when I saw a bag of moringa leaf powder at Marshall’s a couple weeks ago I took a closer look at the nutritional profile and was pretty impressed. A single tablespoon of the stuff contains a whopping 60% of your daily recommended iron intake! It’s also rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, B2, B6, C. It’s being investigated as a way to help end malnutrition in subtropical areas, which is super cool. Further research taught me that moringa has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for healing. Cool! Definitely a good addition to both face masks and smoothies. It’s got a pretty distinct “green” flavour, similar to that of spirulina or alfalfa, which isn’t relevant for the mask (hopefully!), but good to know if you’re buying a bag to use as a dietary supplement as well.
I got my moringa powder from Marshall’s for about $8, but I realize that’s not a very reliable shopping option. I also found it all over Amazon, with loads of different purchasing options. You might want to check out the bulk section at your local health food shop, too, so you don’t have to commit to a big bag of the stuff straight away. The plant you’re looking for is Moringa oleifera, and you want powder made from the leaf.
Moringa Face Mask
Measure the water out into a wee dish and whisk in the honey and moringa leaf powder until you’ve got a uniform green mixture. Add the clay one teaspoon at a time, until you have a thick, creamy paste. The amount of clay you’ll need might vary, so don’t worry if you need a bit more or a bit less.
Spread the mask over your face and let it dry for about twenty minutes before rinsing off. Follow up with your favourite oil serum and enjoy!
If you don’t have white kaolin clay you can use other light, smooth clays instead. Any of the French clays would be a good choice, as would zeolite, any other colour of kaolin clay, and the paler Australian clays. I do not recommend bentonite or rhassoul for this mask.
This makes enough for one face mask.