Acne is the absolute worst. If you haven’t already, you can read about my acne “journey” (more like black hole) here. I have been trying everything to clear up my hormonal acne without going on any medications or pills. Vitamins, supplements, every kind of face wash, face cream, spot treatment, diet changes…you name it–I’ve tried it. Each has worked okay, nothing has been perfect.
My acne’s not gone, but I have seen noticeable changes to my skin after using a Bentonite Clay face mask twice a week for the past month or so. I discovered this “Aztec Secret” after washing my hormonal-acne-riddled face one night, heading into the vast WWW and desperately searching for answers. When I came upon Bentonite Clay on Amazon and read the reviews, I ordered a jar immediately.
What is Bentonite Clay? According to Mountain Rose Herbs,
“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy meats, impurities and chemicals.“
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A jar of Bentonite Clay (purchase here or here)
- A plastic bag
- A face mask brush (purchase here)
- Water or Apple Cider Vinegar
So here’s what you do:
1. Scoop out a few spoonfuls of clay into your plastic bag (you could use a bowl, but it’s 10x easier to mix it in a bag!). Make sure you use a plastic utensil and bag (or bowl)–do not use anything metal. It messes up the clay’s electric charge (which is important, because that’s what allows it to draw out the toxins and junk in your pores!).
2. Add the same amount of water or Apple Cider Vinegar if you have oily skin, then a little more until the correct consistency is achieved. It should be like yogurt (regular yogurt, not thick Greek yogurt!).
3. Leave some air in bag and seal it. Mix up the clay and water or ACV by shaking and kneading your bag.
4. Now, use your face mask brush and apply a thin layer of clay on your face. There will be clumps in your mixture; avoid them, just use the mixed parts. Oh–don’t go crazy. You want the mask to have time to dry, keep it thin!
Here’s the thickness you’re going for:
5. Wait 15-20 minutes, or until you literally cannot move your face because the clay has completely hardened. Bentonite clay is like a sponge…when it’s wet, it expands. As it dries, it contracts. This means that as your mask dries, it will literally feel like your face is pulsating and being sucked off by the clay. In some ways, that is what’s happening–the clay draws out toxins, impurities, oils, and any other junk in your pores while it dries!
Here’s an up close photo of what your desert face will look like (it’s kind of scary):
6. Using warm water and a washcloth, gently remove your face mask.
7. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturize. Your face will probably be very red–this is normal! Don’t freak out. Because everything in your pores was sucked out, your face is a bit raw and red. This will go away in about an hour!
8. Repeat about once week.
Have I convinced you to try a Bentonite Clay face mask? It’s super cool guys. Your pores literally get vacuumed out by clay! I mean, really, who wouldn’t want to try that? (If you need clay, buy it here. A face mask brush? Buy it here.)
Have you ever tried a Bentonite Clay facial? Tell me all about it!
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