Why Bentonite Clay?
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Bentonite Clay has a lot of benefits for the skin:
- It unclogs the skin pores and shrinks them
- It aids in controlling the overproduction of sebum, which is a main cause of acne, whiteheads and blackheads.
- Extracts and removes toxins such as heavy metals from the skin due its strong negative electrical charge
- Contains Silica, a trace mineral which makes the skin soft
- It removes dead skin, impurities and excessive oil, giving a definite glow to your face
- Reduces inflammation, redness and acne scarring
- It suits every skin type and has no side effects
- It has healing properties which reduce fine lines and wrinkles while fighting bacteria and infection.
- The clay contributes towards an even skin tone
Bentonite Clay has been used for centuries as a healing aid. It can be used as a supplement which is ingested as well, since it has a lot of trace elements. It is known as Multani Mitti in Pakistan.
Beauty Tip #3: Bentonite Clay Mask
Got acne, excessively oily skin, wrinkles, sagginess, clogged pores, large gaping pores or just about anything else wrong with your skin? This is the mask for you. This mask does just about everything and is suitable for every skin type.
How to Make The Mask?
1 Cup/250 gm. Bentonite Clay
2 Cup Water
*The ratio is 1:2 for Clay:Water.
You should soak the clay in water for at least an hour and then blend the two together in your mixer to get a smooth paste. Store in a sterilized jar for up to six months.
How to Use?
Apply the resulting paste on your face, let dry and wash off.
Beauty Tip #43: Detox Face Mask for Normal to Dry Skin
This Detox Face Mask for Normal to Dry Skin has powerful cleansing properties, which suckling out the toxins from within our skin and pores. It cleans and nourishes, clearing and preventing blemishes, dry skin and discolouration.
How to Make?
The Detox Face Mask for Normal to Dry Skin is simple to make.
1 tbsp. Honey
1 tsp. Bentonite Clay (pre-soaked)
½ tsp. Coconut Oil
1 tsp Lemon Juice
- Add the Honey to the coconut oil and whisk until mixed.
- If you have pre-soaked bentonite Clay available (method here) add heaped a teaspoon of the clay mix, and follow with the lemon juice.
- Whisk to combine.
- If using dry powdered clay, soak in the tsp of lemon juice + 1/2 tsp. water for ten minutes. Then mix the clay into a thick and smooth paste, adding more water as necessary. Proceed as from Step 2.
How to Use?
Apply a generous layer on your face, keeping it on for at least 20 minutes. Then place a warm wet washcloth on your face, letting the mask dampen and your skin warm up, then using warm water gently wash off the mask. Then finish cleaning your face using cold water to help close your pores. Apply your favourite moisturizer while your skin is still damp, I talk more about this technique in my Rose Water Hydrating Mist Post.
Beauty Tip #1: Black Tea Face Scrub
If you have clogged pores, too-large pores, blackheads, puffy skin, dry skin or hyperpigmentation; this scrub is for you. Previously I gave you a recipe for a super mild exfoliator in the form of a Rice Flour Scrub. This time, however, I am going to give you a recipe for a gentle yet grittier exfoliator – Black tea face scrub. This exfoliator is not nearly as mild as the other one and it has a much thicker grain. It is still gentle enough for sensitive skin but also exfoliates extremely well.
You already ought to know the importance of regular exfoliation, but using this Black tea face scrub has its own unique benefits. Firstly, it efficiently removes dead skin cells and deeply cleanses your skin. The Black Tea face Scrub clears out clogged pores and blackheads instantaneously. It also de-puffs and tightens skin making it firms and younger looking. The Black Tea face Scrub removes hyperpigmentation and brightens skin, leaving it looking smooth, supper and gorgeous.
How to Make?
It is actually rather easy to make if you have the ingredient pre-prepped and on hand like I do, but if not you will have to go through a little bit of an involved process the first time around.
½ tsp. Bentonite clay (pre-soaked and blended)
¼ tsp. Black tea leaves (Fine grind – I use Lipton or Earl Grey)
½ tsp. Gram Flour
½ – 2 tsp. water
A pinch of Turmeric Powder
- Okay, so the process is that first you need to soak and blend your bentonite clay into a smooth paste that is easy to work with. I teach you how to do that in my Bentonite Clay mask post, if you need some directions. It is way easier to just pre-prepare a large batch and keep handy than trying to mix half teaspoons of the stuff by hand. Just trust me on this, I have tried it both ways and you don’t need the hassle of the second method.
- Next you have to mix the gram flour and turmeric and get them homogenized with enough water to get a smooth paste the consistency of toothpaste. This is just chucking the ingredients in a small bowl and mixing with a spoon.
- Next, either brew a cup of tea and save the tea leaves or soak the leaves in a teaspoon of boiling hot water, leave until they cool down.
- Strain the leaves and wash with water.
- Now add to the gram flour mix and add the clay as well.
- Mix well and your scrub is ready.
How to Use?
Just use the scrub like regular scrub, thoroughly massaging your skin and washing it off. Throw away leftovers; prepare a new batch every time you need one. Also do not scrub your face more than twice a week, which is bad for your skin.