Clay Mask Ritual

In our Rituals series we explore simple day-to-day rituals with our creative community and find out more about their practice with a step by step guide to making the most out of the everyday.

This season photographer, writer and yoga teacher Charlotte Lam shares her go-to clay mask treatment for the ultimate self-care ritual at home.

“Using clay helps draw out impurities from the skin, making pores less noticeable and improving overall skin tone.”


2 tablespoons of bentonite clay – cleanses impurities and absorbs excess oil.
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar – has antimicrobial properties that eases skin infections and soothes irritation. It also balances the pH levels of one’s skin.
2 tablespoons of rose water – balances the skin’s natural oils, hydrates and has antioxidant properties


To make rose water at home, gather some fresh roses and remove the petals. Run them under warm water to remove any residue. Add the rose petals to a pot of distilled water just enough to cover them.


Over a medium-low heat bring the water to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes until the petals have lost their colour. Strain the mixture and you’re left with rose water.

“I like to make a sanctuary at home with fresh flowers. It transforms these small routines into a ritual.”


In another non-metal bowl, mix the rose water with pink clay and apple cider vinegar.


Apply a thin layer to the face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Follow Charlotte here: @charlotteinwhite