Bentonite Clay and ACV Face Mask

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Hey Lovelies,

So today I’m going to be talking about my experience with the Bentonite Clay Mask.  I first heard about this mask from my equally natural-obsessed cousin Anita about a year ago.  I hadn’t seen her for a couple of months and when we finally met up, I noticed her face looked exceptionally healthy and smooth.  When I asked her what her secret was, she mentioned this new all-natural face-mask she had been using.  I tried it for the first time that evening, and absolutely fell in love with it.

Bentonite Clay is formed from volcanic ash and mostly comes in two types: Calcium Bentonite and Sodium Bentonite.  It has for centuries been known for its detoxifying quality because when it comes in contact with liquid, it changes charge and binds to whatever toxins it comes across.  It has a grey/cream color and a fine velvety consistency.  If it looks white, it should be treated with suspicion. Here are my top THREE reasons why you REALLY want to be using it on your skin.

·      Unclogs And Shrinks Pores – Like I said, bentonite absorbs all those acne causing toxins clogged up in your pores, and as an extra treat, it shrinks your pores as it dries.  And trust me when I say you will FEEL your pores shrinking (talk about TIGHT).

·      Exfoliates Skin – Bentonite Clay is an awesome natural exfoliant.  It gets rid of dead skin cells without all the unhealthy and sometimes dangerous chemicals you’ll probably find in most manufactured exfoliants. 

·      Works On Multiple Skin Types – Though it MIGHT be a little drying for dry skin, it works really well on normal, oily and combination skin.  It’s worked great with my oily skin.  I LOVE it.

Mask Ingredients: ACV, spoon, bowl/container, clay




BENTONITE CLAY RECIPE


Ingredients
·      A teaspoon of Bentonite Clay
·      A teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs) or water (for sensitive skin)
·      A WOODEN, PLASTIC, or GLASS spoon (DO NOT use anything metal.  It decreases the effectiveness of the clay.  KEEP METAL FAR AWAY)
·      A bowl (NOT METAL)


Instructions
1.    Cleanse your face.  I usually use oatmeal as my cleanser, but use whatever works for you.

2.    Use the NON-METAL spoon to put the clay and ACV/water in a bowl and mix it.  I usually end up using my finger to mix. You can add more ACV or clay if you want to change the consistency.

3.    Use your fingers to spread a generous layer of the mask onto your skin.  Keep away from the sensitive skin around the eye area.  You might also find your eyes reacting to the ACV by stinging or watering, but don’t worry, it dies down pretty quickly.  Just DON’T GET IT IN YOUR EYES.

4.    Leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes.  You will notice that as the mask dries it will get REALLY tight.  Don’t worry, its normal.  I thought I was burning my face the first time I tried it.  But I wasn’t.  My face was more than fine.

5.    Wash of the mask with lukewarm water in a circular motion.  You can use your fingers or a washcloth.  I just use my fingers.  Just make sure you get it all off. 

6.    Pat your face dry and moisturize it.  I personally use a mixture of almond oil, witch hazel and tea tree oil as my moisturizer, but I’ve learnt the hard way that different things work for some people but NOT for others.  Find what works for you. 

7.    ENJOY YOUR GLOWING SKIN!

 Take spoonful of clay and put in bowl


Pour ACV into bowl

Mix Clay and ACV to form paste

 Apply generous layer to skin


If you try or have already tried this mask, let me know what your experience was like.  Did you have any adverse reactions?  Any tips on how better to use it?  As always I love hearing from you guys.

Otherwise enjoy!

Until Next Time,
The Bentonite Lover




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19 comments

  1. I love Bentonite masks! I don't use ACV with it because I can't stand the smell, but I love doing them about once a week when I remember!!

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    1. Do you just use water? Just read that it might be harsh on your skin to just use water because the clay is too alkaline. You havent had an problems?

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  2. I am trying this tonight! I love natural skin care and have oily/combo skin so I am tickled to see how it works! Thanks for sharing! <3

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    1. Let me know how it goes. Its done wonders for me. Enjoy!

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  3. This is totally new to me. Will have to see where I can buy all the ingredients.

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  4. I have never used bentonite clay as a mask before. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. What do you normally use it for? Been trying to figure out how else to use my new stash of clay.

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  5. Sounds awesome...I actually like the smell of vinegar...lol

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    1. Really? I don't mind the smell either. Its the onion effect it has on my eyes that KILLS me.

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  6. I;m flying to Vienna this week and have put some green clay on my list of things to buy at apothecary. more or less the same right?

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    1. Haven't heard of green clay. Definitely gonna look that up.

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  7. Interesting pieces of information in this post. Will let my girlfriend now about this.

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  8. Love this idea of natural skin care. I've found a couple posts now about this clay and I'm interested to try some DIY skin care with it. Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. This looks awesome! I can't wait to try it out!


    Karin | truncationblog.com

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  10. I have been needing fun and natural mask to do for a girls night in. This looks like a great recipe, thanks!

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  11. Ohlala! I've never heard of this before, but I have all the ingredients already! I'm going to try this tomorrow!

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  12. This sounds divine! Thank you for the recipe!

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  13. I've been needing a good face mask! I'm going to have to try this!

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  14. Never tried making my own mask. This is very simple and cant wait to try it!

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