Today we are going to do some beauty exploring the all natural route, have you ever heard of bentonite clay? Ya me either until a few weeks ago when I saw a follower on Instagram rave about it, this left me quite curious and I was up for the challenge. After a little research and a trip to Whole Foods I thought I would put this new found element to the test…..I thought Lori over at Health Extremist did a great job explaining!! Today we are going to learn how to make our own face mask with bentonite clay, I can’t wait to check back with you on the results of this awesome new facial!!
What Is Bentonite Clay?
“Bentonite clay is a natural healing clay comprised of minerals and it’s formed from natural volcanic ash, which was originally discovered near Fort Benton, Wyoming. It’s very powerful and produces a negative electric charge when water is added to it, which aids in binding and removing toxins. When you mix water with the clay, the components alter in order to allow it to become a powerful tool to absorb toxins. This clay is commonly used for removing toxins, not only externally on your skin, but it can also work internally, something that many do. So, yes it is safe to consume if you have a good quality bentonite clay. You can use it both internally and externally. Another benefit of the clay is that it is commonly used to remove heavy metals from the body.
When used externally, you can apply it to any area of your body, such as your face or feet. Some even apply it to their whole body and take a bentonite clay bath. I don’t have any experience with using the clay internally, but many people say it helps digestive problems such as acid reflux.
Minerals are abundant in healing clays, like Bentonite, including; iron, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and potassium, and this results in the addition of many nutrients to the body.
There are two types of bentonite clay you can choose from, either sodium (sodium bentonite clay) or calcium (calcium bentonite clay). But, some contain a combination of both, depending on the brand you buy. Typically, sodium bentonite clay is used for detoxing as it’s able to draw out more toxins and calcium bentonite is often used for more remineralizing purposes.”
Where to buy bentonite clay?
Whole foods, locally at the Secret Garden Organic Herb Shop, or HERE
Benefits Of A Bentonite Clay Mask:
“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
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon water or apple cider vinegar (if you have sensitive skin start with water)
- A cup or bowl and a spatula to mix them (*If you use a spoon to mix them, make sure it isn’t metal because this causes metals to leach from the spoon into the clay, making the clay not as effective.)
Mix the two ingredients together to make a spreadable paste. Apply with hands or a brush…
Avoid the eyes!!!
Okay now time to wait 15 to 20 mins…..
All dry and starting to crack like a dessert floor….oooo….aaaaaa……
Time to wash off with a clean towel and warm water!
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. Not to worry!!
You can do this mask daily or at least once a week, hope you enjoy your refreshed and clean skin!!
Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton