Deep Cleansing Bentonite Clay Face Mask Recipe

Posted May 21, 2019 by Thirty-Something Angie in Clean Living, DIY / 1 Comment

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Tired of overpaying for high quality clay face masks? This simple homemade clay face mask recipe has only two ingredients and can be whipped up at a moment’s notice.

I’m a big face mask fan, and this clay face mask recipe is my favorite for when acne strikes.  

It has tons of health benefits for your skin, too. So not only is it great to use during an unexpected breakout, but it’s also great for regular upkeep.

I’ve got pretty sensitive skin, so I do this mask about once a week or every other week, but I know many other people can get away with using it once (or more) a week.

It’s got only two simple ingredients: apple cider vinegar, and bentonite clay. I like to add essential oils to mine for the added benefits, but they’re not necessary at all. You can check the bottom of this post for some good combos to try depending on your skin needs.

Why Bentonite Clay?

Bentonite clay is a mineral rich substance formed from volcanic ash. It’s a really popular clay, because it can basically be used as is, with minimal processing. 

For centuries, it’s been used to improve health and prevent disease. You can even create a paste with it to clean wounds or skin inflammation. Heyy-o, I wonder why it works in a face mask?!

Like a lot of other natural remedies, this clay is getting a new moment in the spotlight as people are starting to realize just how good it really is for you.

The cool part about bentonite clay is that it has an electric-like charge when it comes in contact with fluid. When it touches the liquid, it takes on a different charge and is thought to bind to any present toxins. That means, it’s actively seeking out toxins and attracts them to pull them out of what it’s touching. Pretty neat, huh?

You can read more about the benefits and healing properties of Bentonite clay here and here.

Why Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar has a ton of health benefits, but one of my favorite ways to use it is in my skincare.

The important thing is to buy apple cider vinegar “with the mother.” That’s the part that’s so healing, but you’ll recognize it because of its cloudy and spider-web looking appearance in the bottle.

So, what makes apple cider vinegar so great for your skin?

  • It contains malic acid, which is known to have antibacterial properties. That means it can keep bacteria (akapimples)at bay.
  • It contains Aplpha hydroxyl acides, which remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy, new skin below it. Over time, this can help reduce age spots.
  • Also, it helps balance the pH of your skin so it doesn’t become to oily or too dry.

This post from Natural Living Ideas has some helpful information about why apple cider vinegar is so great for your skin. Check it out here.

Bentonite Clay Face Mask

Bentonite Clay Face Mask Recipe:

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  • 1 tsp bentonite clay (I like this Aztec Healing Clay)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar with the mother
  • 2-4 drops of essential oils of choice (see my recommendations below)

Mix ingredients together in a glass bowl with non-metal utensils until fully blended. Apply a thick coat to your face and leave it on until dry-approximately 15-20 minutes.

Note: Depending on your preferences, you may want a little more liquid or clay to get the consistency you like.

Tips and Advice

This clay face mask recipe is incredibly easy to make and use, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • First, these measurements are approximate. Mix these ingredients to a consistency you like. That may mean you add just a little more apple cider vinegar or a little more clay to get it just right.
  • Your face may be red after using this mask. That’s totally normal. It increases blood flow, which will cause your face to redden for a while. Just remember to finish up with something moisturizing and replenishing. My personal favorite is my Fountain of Youth Face Serum.
  • I like to apply my mask with an old makeup brush that I reserve just for this. I get a more even application, and it’s much less mess.
  • The essential oils in this recipe are totally optional, but do offer a lot of extra benefits. Read below for some of my favorite combinations.

Essential Oil Combos I Love

Like I said before, the essential oils in this recipe are totally optional. Still, I like to add them because they have so many benefits for the skin.

Depending on what you want to accomplish, here are a few blends I recommend:

  • For every day use: Lavender and Frankincense
  • For dry, irritated skin: Patchouli and Lavender
  • To hydrate dry skin: Cedarwood and Roman Chamomile
  • For ocassional breakouts: Geranium and Lavender
  • For Oily Skin: Tea Tree and Lavender
  • If you want a more youthful appearance: Rose and Geranium

The thing I love most about this face mask is how easy it is to make. I can whip it up as needed for weekly upkeep or when I have a bout of acne.

Give it a try yourself, and see what you think! 

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