My current favourite Mask for Acne, Blackheads and Radiance!
I know I know, its been over a month since I posted. I was on holiday!!! I hope you all had a great Christmas and are enjoying the New Year!
So if any of you are like me, you binged over Christmas!! So all the eating combined with the change of environment caused my skin to go in overdrive! And oh man did it! I seriously broke out and it was not pretty at all.
In the video above, I show you how I apply this new found love of mine. I absolutely love it at the minute. My skin is slowly returning to its normal self and I’m reaping the benefits of it! So happy, yay!! Nothing like glowing skin. Together with the skin detox I am doing, my skin is looking glowing and healthy.
More about Bentonite Clay
Bentonite Clay is sedimentary clay composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash, the most active deposits of which are in Wyoming and Montana.
It is a “healing clay,” a clay that absorbs impurities such as toxins and heavy metals either when ingested or applied topically. According to Mountain Rose Herbs,
Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an “electrical charge”… When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.”
It is for this reason that bentonite clay should never be stored in a metal container or stirred with a metal spoon (hence the bamboo spoon in my photos) since the clay absorbs the metals and becomes less effective.
Bentonite clay also has a high concentration of minerals such as silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.
A good quality bentonite clay is grey or cream in color, and white bentonite clays should be avoided (since they are likely not actually bentonite). It is very fine, has a velvet feel, is odorless and non-staining.
There are so many benefits of using bentonite clay, but I just wanted to focus on the amazing benefits you’ll get by applying this mask!
- Heals and regenerates skin tissue
- Draws out toxins
- Treats acne (prevents breakouts and helps clear up acne)
- Unclogs and shrinks pores
- Prevents blackheads
- Reduces appearance of scars
- Excellent natural exfoliator
- Evens out skin tone
- Leaves skin feeling softer
- Leaves your face glowing!
- Reduces wrinkles
How often should You use it?
Many use the mask just a few times a week or once a week and have great results. But, if it’s your first time applying a bentonite clay mask, I would start out with doing it once a week and see how your skin responds, as it is quite powerful and this way you can work your way up to whatever you feel comfortable.
What You Will Need:
- Bentonite Clay
- Apple Cider Vinegar/Water
- Tea Tree Oil (optional)
1. Take about 1/2 a tablespoon of the bentonite clay powder, about 1/2 a tablespoon of water or apple cider vinegar (ACV) and tea tree oil (optional). Put it in a bowl or cup.
Note: You can use water or ACV as a liquid for the mask. The ACV tends to make the mask a little more powerful/harsh on your skin, so if you have sensitive skin you may want to use water (which is what I use) or you can replace the water with rose water.
2. Mix the two ingredients well, until it forms a paste consistency. You can add a little more water or a little more powder, if the consistency doesn’t seem like it will easily spread on your face.
3. Apply the bentonite clay mask to your face. Some people also spread it down their neck and upper chest, too. I use a foundation brush to apply it evenly to your skin
4. Leave the mask on for about 15 to 20 minutes. As the mask dries, your face will start to feel tight.
5. Rinse off the mask using warm water only. You may have to gently scrub a little with your fingers to get it off. It tends to try to stick to your skin.
After you rinse the mask off, your skin may look a little pink for a few minutes. This usually happens to everyone after using the mask because the clay increases blood flow to your face as it pulls out toxins.
For Those With Sensitive Skin:
If you have sensitive skin, apply a thinner layer and leave the mask on for a shorter time. Then increase the frequency and how long you leave it on depending on how your skin feels.
Do you use bentonite clay for anything in particular? I’d love to hear how!
Posted on January 22, 2015, in Skin Care and tagged beauty, bentonite, bentonite clay, bentonite clay mask, blogger, essential oils, exfoliator, glowing skin mask, mask, pores, scars, skin care, skin care routine, skin mask, toxins. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.