When I turned 25, I said to myself… “This is it! It’s time to start taking care of my skin”. Well, I am now 30, two kids running around, and I have yet to do a single act of “self care” on my skin… and… it shows! But, this is it. This is the year. I am doing it!
A little about bentonite clay and benefits
Bentonite clay is a natural healing clay composed of volcanic ash that is largely used for its detoxifying health benefits, while also reducing inflammation and increasing immunity. The face mask may specifically aid in the following:
- drawing toxins out
- drying blemishes
- decreasing appearance of acne scars
- tightening skin
- exfoliating, encouraging renewal of skin cells
- reducing pore size through its astringent properties
The fun part is you can make this mask to suite you and your needs. It can be just 2 simple ingredients (the clay and a liquid base such as water, apple cider vinegar, or aloe vera) or you can add in all the extra ingredients that could help you even more. The first few times I simply did the clay mixed with aloe vera juice or the clay mixed with apple cider vinegar. After that I naturally became a professional [sarcasm], so I started adding other ingredients because I need all the help I can get [no sarcasm]!
Here is a recipe for you to try. Remember, if you only have the clay, use that and purified water, you can always get fancy later with other ingredients and add-ons. Quality of ingredients is definitely important. I have linked some great options to make your pampering experience as easy as possible.
Simple Bentonite Clay Mask
- Essential oils (Lavender, Frankincense, and Tea Tree are my favorite for face masks, but the options are endless here)
- Activated Charcoal
- Place a spoonful of the clay into glass mixing bowl
- Add the liquid (water, apple cider vinegar, or aloe vera) and mix using a wooden spoon into a smooth, thick paste.
- When using add-ons, you may need to add more of the liquid base of choice to acquire the paste-like consistency.
- Apply a thin and even layer to a clean face (can also use on neck and armpits), avoiding the eyes and mouth areas
- Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes
- Remove using wash cloth and warm water or wash off mask in the shower
- Moisturize with your usual method (I use Jojoba Oil and I put it in this amber bottle)
NOTE: always use a non-metal spoon and mixing bowl because the clay absorbs metals, and will become less effective. The mask increases circulation, so you may see some redness and feel a warmth when touching your face. Always test a small area before applying to the whole face. Tingling, redness, and warmth may be normal, but pain and burning is not, so remove immediately if that happens.
Disclaimer: Just as with anything on my blog or social media accounts, what I share is something that has worked for me and something I love. This does not necessarily mean that you should do it or that it would be good for you. If you are unsure, always consult with your medical professional. Full disclosure HERE