Let the Earth detox your skin with this 100% natural face mask.
This post comes from our blog intern, Emily.
I’m surprised I don’t use bentonite clay more often. Also known as Montmorillonite, bentonite is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. It has been used by ancient cultures throughout history and can be used externally and internally.
I purchased this clay which is touted as “…bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it is sun-dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees. This brand confidently claims it’s the world’s most powerful facial… smoother, brighter, smaller-pored skin awaits after just one use (wearing from 10 to 30 minutes).”
Bentonite is a swelling clay and has slightly magnetic qualities, so when it becomes mixed with liquid it rapidly swells open like a sponge. This is how toxins, heavy metals, impurities and chemicals are sucked out from deep within your pores. It unclogs your pores and then shrinks them. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release minerals for the body to use. It also helps get oxygen to cells by pulling excess hydrogen and helping the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.
Some benefits to reap from this super simple face mask:
- Controls the overproduction of sebum
- Reduces acne
- Draws toxins out
- Makes skin softer
- Reduces appearance of scars
- Gives an even skintone
- Prevents blackheads
- Makes skin clearer, fresher, and more vital over time
Bentonite Clay Face Mask
3 Tbsp bentonite clay
3 Tbsp Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
A glass bowl
A non-metal utensil for stirring
Mix the clay and vinegar with a non metal utensil (metal makes the clay less effective) and then apply evenly on face, avoiding the eyes. Leave mask on to dry for up to 30 minutes. If it is your first time using a clay mask or if you have sensitive skin, it is recommended to only leave on for 10 minutes and then increasing from there the next time you use. You skin will adjust and react differently the more you use! Wipe your face clean with warm water. Your skin will most likely have redness, but this will fade.
That’s it! If you’re skin is feeling a little dry, put some moisturizer on and a of spritz rose water!
There are so many ways to use Bentonite Clay! Next time, I’ll try mixing mine with aloe, rose water, or almond oil for a more soothing mask.
+Have you used Bentonite Clay? If so, what do you do? Let us know in the comments!