Make Your Own Purifying Face Mask With Natural Bentonite Clay

Every time I hear about a new beauty ingredient, I just have to try it – especially when it requires me to concoct a mixture before applying it to my skin. There’s just something about making my own beauty products from natural ingredients that always leaves me with such a good feeling – inside and out!

Calcium bentonite is an amazing beauty secret weapon.  It is derived from volcanic ash and is totally natural and non-toxic. It has a negative charge, which allows it to easily suck out positively-charged toxins – like acne-causing bacteria – from your skin. This mask will cleanse and purify your skin, leaving you with a soft, clean, refreshed face.

What you need:

DIY Bentonite Clay Mask

Calcium bentonite clay in powder form (I used this one and got it at Whole Foods)
Tea tree oil (I got mine from Trader Joe’s)

What you do:

1. Mix together your bentonite clay, oatmeal, and water with the following ratio:
1 tablespoon bentonite clay : 1 tablespoon water : 1 teaspoon oatmeal
Add in 2-3 drops of tea tree oil and mix well.
3. Apply the mixture to your face in a thin, even coat and let it dry for 5-10 minutes. If you feel a pulling and tightening sensation, do not be alarmed – this means the mask is working! Wash your face with warm water and you’re good to go!

DIY Bentonite Clay Mask

Note: You may experience slight redness of the skin directly after removing the mask. This is totally normal and should disappear in about 30 minutes. If you’re nervous about this, perform a spot test elsewhere on your body 24 hours prior to using this mask on your face.

Photos by FP Brigette.

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  1. I found that I needed to add a bit more water. And I would say use this mask once a week for normal skin and twice for problem skin. This is an awesome recipe! Also, try substituting oatmeal for apple cider vinegar, especially for acne prone skin.

  2. I worked at an herbal store and I always made sure to tell customers not to use metal spoons when mixing because it changes the properties in the clay.

  3. I use a similar recipe but only with pure bentonite clay, not calcium bentonite, which has had calcium added to make it easier to mix. Pure bentonite is how it occurs in nature, and if you are adding things like oatmeal, vinegar, lemon juice, essential oils, etc., you will not have trouble mixing it anyway. Bentonite should not be exposed to metal or plastic on an ongoing basis, but I don’t have any problem using a clean, dry metal spoon to measure the powdered clay out of the glass jar in which I keep it. Plastic spoons have their own issues (BPAs, phthalates, etc.) so make the choice that works best for you.

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