I used to be an avid department store cosmetics shopper. I won’t mention any names here, but … Bonus Time? YES PLEASE … give me the free stuff already! Or that used to be my standard operating procedure anyway. But over time, I’ve gradually offloaded the chemicals (and the cost) of most of my commercial toiletries, and gone to a more natural approach.
That (nameless) company had two products in particular that I really thought I couldn’t do without for a long time. One was a scrub, which reportedly you can do every day for a week. *wink* And the other is a cream, that claims to turn things around. (Meaning that is sloughs off the dead skin cells, if you use it consistently.) Well, tonight I did something that accomplished both of those. It is easy, it is very low in cost, and most importantly … it is really good for you!
I use bentonite clay to make a mask. There are many on the market, but I happen to like Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Bentonite clay is a powerful detoxifying agent, and is useful for many things. In a facial mask, I find that it makes my skin feel so clean and EXTREMELY smooth. And if I am starting to break out, a bentonite clay mask will nip that in the bud in no time.
So here are the easy directions for my mask:
- I take about a Tablespoon of the clay and put it into a small glass or jar.
- Next, I add enough water to start to be able to stir it into a paste. (It can get lumpy, so I take my time to mash out the lumps as best as possible, because that makes it easier to spread on my face.)
- Then, spread it on your face, and relax while it dries. Ideally, you will want to leave it on 15-30 minutes. You will feel it get taut on your skin, and as it does, it is pulling the nasties out of your pores. 🙂 Yay for nasties going away! The thicker that it is when you spread it on, the longer it will take to dry, so keep that in mind.
- When it is dry to your liking, just rinse with water (warm water is easier for rinsing) and enjoy the feeling of your freshly clean and exfoliated skin!
- If you’d like to ramp up the goodness, instead of mixing straight water in with the clay, you can do part water and part apple cider vinegar. So good for your skin!
- The first time you do this, your skin may get a little red. Personally, I didn’t have this happen. But if it does, use a little moisturizer (or coconut oil!) to calm it down.
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