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How To: DIY Volcanic Clay Facial Mask

Updated on November 29, 2015

First and foremost, this hub is entirely inspired by Michelle Phan's "Kitty Litter Facial Mask - Deep Cleansing" video. I'm just sharing this information as I find it interesting, so let's begin.

To make a DIY volcanic clay facial mask, you need to use unscented kitty litter. Yes, I know this facial mask sounds disgusting and really gross but do you know that unscented kitty litter is actually made up of clay, bentonite clay to be exact. Bentonite clay come from the volcanic ashes which provide lots of minerals that are good for the skin. After a volcano erupt, the ashes falls to the ground, cools down and become the bentonite clay that we used in many of our beauty products. Sodium bentonite clay are hydrophillic which basically means that it is highly absorbent, like a magnet. When you use this mask, the negative charge found in clay will detoxify impurities in the skin. These impurities or toxins will then be cleanse away with the clay when it is removed. Hence, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and purified. This facial mask also works amazing for people with oily skin.

This facial mask improves:

  • Blemishes
  • Cellulite
  • Stretchmark
  • Sun damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Reduce pore size


  • UNSCENTED kitty litter
  • Small bowl
  • Mixer or you can use a spoon
  • Warm water


1. Scoop 2 tablespoon of the clay & place it in the small bowl

2. Add in warm water (Reminder: Don't add too much, just enough to cover your face and neck)

3. Stir the mixture until it appears muddy and watery

4. Optional: You can add a little bit of your favorite facial oil (e.g olive oil) and then stir it again

5. Warm the ingredient in the microwave for 20 seconds or 10 seconds for those with microwave that can warm things up very quickly

Extra tips:

Try not to let the mixture gets super-hot as you only need the water to dilate the pores

After heating, the mask should appear flat and muddy with the water still underneath the mask

6. Now, apply the water of the clay onto your face with your clean fingers

Extra tips:

Avoid applying the clay rocks directly onto your face as it may be too harsh for the skin

If you happen to get the clay rocks on your face, just leave it there and wash it off later or you may also remove it with your finger

Try to avoid the eye area & be sure to only apply thin layer instead

7. After applying, wait for approximately 15 minutes for it to dry

8. After the mask dries up, rinse off the mask with warm water

That is all, simple right? This DIY volcanic facial mask is super cheap and is very easy to do. Oh, just a reminder… Try not to use scented kitty litter as it may contain harmful chemicals or substances that may damage the skin. Good luck and thank you for reading my hub.

Michelle Phan's Video


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