Crafting your own DIY beauty products is a step towards control, transparency, and cost-effectiveness. You choose what goes on your skin, and you can reap the numerous benefits that natural ingredients have to offer.
Today, we’re sharing the magic of a DIY natural calcium bentonite clay face masque. This powerhouse ingredient boasts an array of skincare benefits, from cleansing and exfoliating to revitalizing and rejuvenating your skin. And the best part? You are ensuring that you’re not exposing your skin to harsh chemicals or unnecessary additives.
Natural calcium bentonite clay, often referred to as the ‘healing clay,’ is renowned for its exceptional absorption properties. It acts like a magnet, drawing out impurities, toxins, and excess oils from your skin, leaving you with a fresh, radiant complexion. This clay is rich in essential minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which can help nourish and revitalize your skin naturally.
When making your masque there’s a crucial tip to keep in mind when working with natural calcium bentonite clay: never use metal utensils. This is because the clay’s negatively charged ions can interact with metal, leading to a reduction in its effectiveness. Instead, opt for wooden, stone, silicone or glass utensils when preparing your clay masque.
The beauty about this masque is that you can really tailor it to whatever your skin is needing at the time by switching up the type of liquid and oils that you use.
Types of liquids you can use:
Water- You can’t go wrong with using filtered spring water. It’s gentle and gets the job done. It’s the perfect option if your skin is too sensitive for one for one of the other options, or if you don’t have any of the others on hand.
Rosewater- This can help calm redness and reduce skin irritation. Its anti-inflammatory properties can make your skin feel more relaxed and refreshed.
It is also a fantastic natural astringent. It helps to tighten the pores, reducing their appearance, and can leave your skin feeling firmer and more toned.
Rosewater is also a great hydrator. It can help lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and supple. As an added bonus its delicate fragrance can turn your skincare routine into a spa-like experience.
Apple cider vinegar– This ingredient is renowned for its exfoliating properties. It’s rich in alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) that help remove dead skin cells, revealing the fresh, glowing skin beneath. By incorporating apple cider vinegar into your skincare routine, you’re helping to promote a smoother, more radiant complexion. It’s also a natural astringent, just like rosewater. It can help balance your skin’s pH levels, which is essential for a healthy complexion. Balanced pH levels mean less risk of breakouts and skin issues, giving you the clear and even skin tone you’ve been dreaming of.
Another remarkable benefit of apple cider vinegar is its ability to reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scars. It can help lighten these blemishes, resulting in a more even complexion. Plus, it’s a natural antibacterial, which can help in the fight against acne and skin impurities.
While apple cider vinegar (ACV) offers many benefits for the skin, it’s important to exercise caution, especially if you have sensitive or easily irritated skin. ACV is a potent ingredient and should be used with care. Before applying any new skincare product, including those containing ACV, it’s advisable to perform a patch test. Apply a small amount to a discreet area of your skin and monitor for any adverse reactions, such as redness, itching, or burning sensations. If you experience any discomfort or irritation, it’s best to discontinue use immediately. Additionally, if you have an existing skin condition or are uncertain about using ACV on your skin, consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional for personalized guidance and recommendations or opt for more gentle ingredients.
Essential oils you can add:
Lemon and lemongrass – great for keeping acne away and improving your skin tone
Eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, and peppermint – for itching that both soothe and moisturize your skin
Frankincense or Clary Sage – used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Deep Cleansing Masque Recipe
- 1 Part Clay (Get the one I use here)
- 2 Parts Liquid (water, rosewater or ACV, see difference between options here)
- 10 drops essential oils (see best options above) (I use this brand)
- Combine all ingredients in a recepticle being mindful not to let any metal touch your masque (HERE’S WHY)
- Once all ingredients are well combined, apply to your face using an applicator brush (Fave bristled brush) (fave silicone brush)
- Let the mask set and dry. It’s during the stage that the clay pulls everything out of your pores.
- Wipe clean with a wet disposable towel (These are the ones I use)
Why use disposable towels?
“Bathroom towels- whether they’re a body towel, hand towel, or face towel- are full of bacteria, even viruses. Due to the environment they hang out in (your bathroom), towels offer the perfect scenario for bacteria and other microorganisms to grow. In research conducted by Charles Gerba at the University of Arizona, it was found that 90% of the towels in the study carried coliform bacteria, and 14% had e-coli.. Ew! Over a course of three days, the bacteria multiplied 10-fold. “So, just think about it. You wash your hands and you dry it in the towel and then maybe you had some ecoli or salmonella on there and they get into the towel. It’s wet. It’s moist. They grow. You may start out with a few, but in a few days you’ve got millions is what we found out. After about two days, if you dry your face on a hand towel, you’re probably getting more E. coli on your face than if you stuck your head in a toilet and flushed it.” Gerba states in his study. ” – Clean Skin Club website