Clay masking has been around since ancient times, for good reasons! Using a facial clay mask pulls excess oil and dirt from our pores, tightens and leaves skin with a smooth glow.
I am going to share with you some of my favorite ingredients I choose to use and why! The first is Bentonite Clay.
How does it work?
Bentonite clay is compromised mostly of negative ions. Toxins and heavy metals in the body are made of positive ions. Bentonite clay works like a magnet that bonds to toxins and helps to eliminate it out of the skin.
It is super rich in minerals and highly absorbent, which gives it the power to remove the unwanted dirt, oil, and toxins from the skin.
Some common skin conditions clay is a known remedy for includes psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. Also known to help with bug bites and bee stings.
Bentonite Clay is volcanic ash!
Since ancient times, bentonite clay is known as healing clay. It is an effective remedy that has been working for thousands of years.
Turmeric may seem like a unique ingredient in a facial mask, but the truth is this lovely golden spice has been used in beauty care for centuries, specifically India, where brides are known to use turmeric as a face mask to brighten their skin.
Turmeric has outstanding properties that our skin benefit from such as anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, antibacterial and anti-aging. Known to reduce any scars, including acne scars, and when mixed with bentonite clay provide skin tightening, aiding in wrinkles.
Turmeric also provides us antioxidants, which is highly important for healthy skin care. You can check out more on antioxidants and skin care from my last skin care blog.
(Check out that post here)
NOTE: Turmeric has a yellow/orange pigment, thanks to curcumin, so it is staining. When using a turmeric face mask you will want to use an old towel to dry face after washing, also wash hands immediately, turmeric can stain the finger nails, but it will not stain the skin.
Activated Charcoal is like a sponge and absorbs oil and dirt, much like bentonite clay, helping give the skin a deep clean. It is effective for acne and oily skin as it pulls blackheads and oil from the pores. Activated charcoal is being seen more in natural products such as deodorant, facial scrub, and even for whitening teeth because of its absorbing and detoxing properties.
-Lavender: In the book Modern Essentials Usage Guide, which provides information on essential oils such as how to use them, their chemical structures, and scientific resources, you will find lavender under just about every skin condition! Some skin conditions include acne, rashes, wounds, eczema. Lavender is known for its soothing and calming properties, not just aromatically but topically as well.
-Lemon: High in antioxidants and antibacterial properties, this oil is known to benefit skin with a smooth and glowing clean. Great for all skin types.
My skin has transformed with clay masking. My routine consists of masking every 3 days and apply serum after I pat dry after mask. The mask and the serums provide different benefits to the skin. Examples, the mask will absorb unwanted things from the skin and deep clean the pores while serums target a different area, which will nourish and moisturize the skin.
Other uses for bentonite clay:
Deodorant: Bentonite clay helps to absorb moisture from your underarms, eliminate body odor and remain gentle on the skin in doing so.
Clay Bath: Soaking in clay and salts will support relaxation. A great way to absorb minerals and promote soft skin.
Dry Shampoo: Used in hair to absorb oil and help itchy scalp. Please know it is not recommended for color treated hair, it will pull the color from the hair follicle.
NOTE: DO NOT mix bentonite clay using a metal bowl or spoon, it has the power to pull metal from the bowl!
"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others" ~Chinese Proverbs
Proud owner and crafter of Naturally Trudging ~ Michelle