My skin was suffering from a lot of stress, so I decided to treat it while I was home last week during Spring Break. To do so, I used my favourite product: Bentonite Clay.
Bentonite Clay, or 100% natural calcium bentonite (green) clay is just that, clay. I buy it from Amazon here (it’s the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay). It basically looks like a 2 pound jar of green dirt (well, that’s what it is). The only thing I use it for is for face masks, but I’ve heard of people using it for their hair, and even ingesting it as a sort of detox since it’s supposed to draw out impurities (but don’t quote me on that!)
Anyway, I use this as a face mask about once a week, and it helps keep my skin in pretty good condition. Any time I feel like my skin is gunky, I slap this on and it literally sucks everything out of my pores. If you have sensitive skin, I’d go easy on this because it seriously pulls everything out (if you leave it on long enough you can feel your face pulsate). I’m one of those people who usually leaves face masks on for obnoxious amounts of time, but I can only keep this one on for 10 minutes or so to prevent my face from feeling like someone held it against the opening of a high powered vacuum.
So prior to the week I was home for break, I usually mixed about 2 spoonfuls of the clay with an equal amount of water. After, it would kind of look like this:
Well, not exactly like that. This is a mixture that was exposed to a bit of air so it dried out a little, but when I mix it with water the texture is kind of thick and pasty.
This time, I opted to mix the clay with Apple Cider Vinegar, and here’s what it looked like:
At first it sizzled, but after everything clumped up and I was able to start mixing. The texture comes out kind of whipped, and it is much lighter and less pasty than when it is mixed with water. Personally, I think I prefer mixing it with the ACV because product comes out much smoother and evenly. Plus, it applies to the skin a little better since it isn’t too cakey.
Like I said before, my skin always feels AMAZING after I wash this off. It feels extremely clean and very refreshed. If you’re someone who uses a lot of facial skincare products, this is a good product to use after cleansing since it cleans out the pores, thus making the face more absorbent to products like serums, moisturizers, etc.. If your skin is sensitive, I would suggest only keeping this mask on for 10 minutes or so. The pulling sensation on the skin is very intense, so you might encounter a lot of irritation if it is left on for too long. Aside from that, it should be fine since it is all natural. I would not advise those with dry sin to use a mask like this since it sucks out everything from your pores. If your skin is very dry, this may irritate you. You could experiment by mixing this with other mediums that may be more hydrating, like an oil perhaps to combat this.
Let me know if any of you have used bentonite clay masks, or if you’ve used bentonite clay for anything else. I have this 2 pound jar and would like to put more of it to use since I’ve barely made a dent in it and I’ve had it since June!