Clay face masks are great on self-improvement night for exfoliating the skin, unclogging pores, and extracting excess oil. But did you know they can also rebuild damaged skin tissue?
The secret lies in finding a good quality bentonite clay, which acts like a magnet when activated with water. It has a high cation exchange capacity. That means clay, which has a negative charge, can attract positively charged ions. The wet clay therefore attracts heavy metals and bacteria out of the skin, both of which lead to a damaged, wrinkled appearance.
A high-quality clay mask also remineralizes the skin with magnesium, calcium, selenium, and potassium — electrolytes that promote healthy cellular function. When the body is hydrated and properly mineralized with micronutrients, all of your muscles work better (that includes facial muscles, too). They’ve also been shown to naturally reduce anxiety by positively stimulating the hypothalamus, which is probably the most sought-after side effect of any DIY spa treatment for most people.
Give this at-home clay mask a try tonight after applying a good facial cleanser or scrub. Then, after the mask comes off, you can use a toner. Skip the store-bought stuff with tons of chemicals and preservatives — none of it is necessary for healthy skin.
*This mask is good for one to two treatments per week.
Clay Face Mask Ingredients
- 1 tablespoon powdered bentonite clay (this is a GREAT one to try)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (yum)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (you can also substitute rose water here for a less-abrasive experience)
- 2 drops of essential oil (frankincense works well here, as does tea tree or lavender)
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until a paste forms. Apply the mask in gentle, circular motions; let it sit for 15 minutes on the face; rinse off with lukewarm water.