I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m feeling crappy, pampering myself is my total go to. Usually, I chill out, do my nails, and put on a good face masking while hanging out with Netflix. A few weeks ago I bought myself some bentonite clay off Amazon and figured now was as good a time as ever to try to it out for a homemade mask!
Well what exactly is bentonite clay??
It’s a natural healing clay mostly composed of volcanic ash. The clay has been around for thousands of years, being utilized largely for is detoxifying health properties. I’d been reading a lot about using it internally because it can help settle your body’s pH level, as well as aid your digestive system, but bentonite clay also has a lot of benefits externally for your skin, including:
- tightening and toning
- conditioning and nourishing by removing dead skin cells
- effective at pulling out toxins so it unclogs pores
- safe for all skin types
Google and pinterest brought up a bunch of different recipes with the clay, so I decided to just utilize ingredients that I saw repeated a lot and… combine them all. This is a pretty power house mask, but it can be rough for people with sensitive skin. If you don’t leave it on longer than 5 minutes, I think you’ll be fine!
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Bentonite Clay Mask
Every ingredient in this mask is super beneficial to the health of your skin. Honey, for example, is a natural humectant, which means it attracts moisture from the air, and adds it to your skin! All the ingredients help to battle against acne blemishes, and turmeric helps to heal any existing acne scars. They’re also all really good at pulling toxins out of your skin and helping to adjust your skin’s pH so it doesn’t get too oily or dry in the future!
(*if ACV is too harsh for your sensitive skin, switch to greek yogurt, or lots of water!)
1. Combine all ingredients with a WOODEN spoon (the clay will absorb metal and become less effective). The texture should be relatively smooth.
2. Slather on face, and let sit for 5-10 minutes, until tacky* (NOT DRY!)
3. Remove, while still slightly wet.
4. Moisturize! I like using a good oil on my face, but whatever your moisturizer of choice is should work.
NOTE*: When clay masks are wet, they’re adding good stuff to your skin while also drawing out impurities. As they get real dry, blood flow gets increased to your face and moisture is drawn back out!! From experience, letting it dry completely WILL leave you with a red face. If you accidentally manage that, just moisturize with some aloe or your favorite face oil, but don’t over do it! The redness should totally subside within an hour.
I love that this mask is all natural and I’m not putting crazy chemicals on or into my body, so I know I’ll definitely be making this mask again. Guilt free pampering!