With new cosmetics being put on the market everyday, promising an end to all (or at least most) of our cosmetic concerns, there’s no telling what we are actually putting not only on our skin, but ultimately, into our bodies. I don’t know about you, but half of the ingredients on any one of the most popular bottles of face wash, I can’t even pronounce. There certainly are cosmetics out there that do in fact work. Additionally, I would be lying if I said there aren’t skin care lines that I’m a fan of. Not to mention, I’m a lover of makeup, and that’s no secret. Once in a week though, if not a little more often, we should really take the time out to care for our skin with natural remedies.
Today’s remedy of the week is Bentonite Clay + ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar). Never heard of it? Neither did I until about 2 weeks ago when I watched the uber knowledgeable and skin care DIYer/ Youtuber, Farah D Hukai, feature the mask on her instagram page. Here’s a little more about each ingredient used to create this mask:
Bentonite Clay- being centuries old, this clay comes from erupted volacanos around the world. It’s literally dirt that is loaded with negative ions. When combined with liquid, bentonite clay becomes positively charged and once this clay is placed on or in our bodies, it attracts other negative toxins, which it pulls towards it, detoxing your body.
Apple Cider Vinegar– a popular home remedy many women and men use for losing weight and flushing the system of bacteria. This old remedy has been around for a long time as well. While the liquid is acidic, once it enters our body’s it turns alkaline helping to restore a natural ph balance for optimal digestion and glucose management.
With the ph balancing/antibacterial properties of ACV and the detoxing properties of the Bentonite clay (I use the Aztec Indian brand), they are a perfect mix for a strong and effective face/body mask.
Here’s how to prepare your mask:
Note* all utensils should not be metal as the clay will absorb the properties of the metal. Not only is that adding more toxins to your face but it also lessens the ability of the clay to work.
1 plastic measuring spoon
1 plastic or glass bowl
1 spoon for mixing the ingredients together
(If you have sensitive skin you can use water instead of ACV)
The ratio of each is 1:1, meaning if you use 1 tbsp of clay, you’ll need 1bsp of ACV or until the mixture is thick and smooth.
I used 2 tbsp of each ingredient the first time and it was A LOT of mix. I used it on myself and my boyfriend and there was plenty left over after.
Apply generously to your entire face. Avoiding your eyes and mouth. You can apply it over your eyebrows too!
Let sit for 20-30 minutes. If you have sensitive skin leave on for 10-15.
What happens next:
This mix dries FAST! You will very soon feel a tightening and pulling sensation. Within ten minutes I felt light headed and to be honest, my forehead hurt a bit. I attributed this to the mask working and held off for as long as a could and then rinsed it off with warm water.
The end result:
Your face may be a little red after which is totally normal. My skin felt really soft and clean. My pores looked smaller. I used organic aloe vera gel to soothe my face afterwards and moisturized as normal.
Later in the day I had a headache (as did my boyfriend). The following day I had a very healthy glow and by noon, another headache. After doing some research, I found that headaches are side effects of detoxing. I’m not 100% sure the headaches were as result of the mask however, there may be a correlation. All in all, I will continue with this mask on a weekly basis.
Let me know if you’ve tried this mask and what your experience is in the comments below! Follow this blog for future updates and articles!
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