To be honest, this post doesn’t have anything to do with essential oils. BUT I want to share that this bentonite clay is a FREAKIN AWESOME natural method of detoxifying skin. I learned about this stuff through one of my Young Living Facebook groups because people use this mask to detox armpits before starting to use a natural deodorant. (I know, sounds weird. I’ll get there on this blog eventually.) It works wonders as a face mask for clearing blackheads and makes my skin super soft and clear. I bought mine off Amazon (like everything else), and the clay itself looks like this:
After a little research, I learned that Bentonite clay is composed of ash made from volcanoes in Fort Benton, Wyoming. (Source) It has amazing detoxifying properties. I love using natural ingredients rather than a chemical-filled mask that leaves who knows what on my skin! The process for this is also super simple.
Bentonite Clay Mask Ingredients:
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons water
Mix together in a nonmetal bowl and apply to face. Here’s what mine looked like mixed:
You can actually see the vinegar and water activating the mask ask you mix it. Leave it on anywhere from 5-20 minutes! If you have sensitive skin I would start with less time. I can usually only stand about 7-10 minutes because the mask hardens and gets tight. The more water you add, the longer it can take to harden. I just wash it off with warm water whenever I’m ready, and like I said it leaves my face feeling super clean and smooth. I’ve been using it about 3 times a week and seen great results–fewer blackheads and breakouts! I’ve also found I can store it in a cool, dry place for about a week before making a new batch, and add more water if it starts to dry out. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.