The first months of 2016 have been amazing, yet pretty turbulent in my life. As my skin is first to react to stress I was happy to find some Bentonite clay in our local health food store and try out a detoxifying homemade face mask.
I’m always curious to find out what makes natural “cures” work and it turns out that this powerful healing clay is formed by aged volcanic ash. It’s unique ability to absorb toxins is based on bentonite’s alkalizing qualities that balance over-acidification of the body. Bentonite clay can be used both externally as a skin purifying face mask or internally as a detoxifying drink.
Bentonite clay face mask absord toxins from the skin, decreases inflammation and minimizes pores. With its high mineral content (silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium) it also nourishes the skin.
A basic formula for a face mask:
2 parts of bentonite clay, 1 part water, 1 part apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of essential oil or honey (I used lavender). 1 part = 1 teaspoon
Mix all the ingredients and add more water if needed. Adding apple cider vinegar is necessary: I tried with just water and the consistency was very lumpy and didn’t absorb well into the skin.
Spread evenly onto clean face, avoiding eye area. Leave the mask on for at least 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.
My skin felt gorgeous but a bit red afterwards. The redness calmed down after I applied some moisturizer. While I believe that it’s most important to take time for myself, enjoy nature, meditate and have a daily yoga practice to manage stress, this mask will definitely give a boost to cleanse the external impacts of it.