9 Benefits of Using Bentonite Clay + Mud Mask Recipe
One thing I will be including in 2017, is plenty of self-care… including this bentonite clay mud mask recipe!
I’m not huge on new years resolutions, but I am seeing a theme pop up around all the (mommy) blogs I love to read; the importance of taking some time for yourself.
If ever there is a resolution I can get behind (and stick to!) it would certainly be this. I’m not talking about weekly nail appointments and shopping trips (unless that is how you best take care of yourself!), instead I’m looking for simple ways each day that I can pamper myself a little.
I know it sounds silly, but as a mom, you totally let things slide. So my self-care includes a whole bunch of things that simply keep me feeling like I’m my own person.
Things like… not letting Warner steal my snacks…. or maybe just one bite instead of the whole plate. 😀 Or kick me when we are trying to nap (he can get pretty silly when tired… which means a lot of limb throwing around).
I also threw away the really awful cranberry sweat suit that makes me feel lumpy. And yes, making that hair cut appointment that I’ve put of for much to long, simply because I “don’t have time”.
That’s really how I see this self-care push, making some time and space for yourself. While weekly trips to the spa really aren’t in the cards for me right now, I can still make time for home pampering with my favorite DIY masks and products.
One in particular that I have added to my weekly routine, is a bentonite clay mud mask.
This is an absolute must for me- and I want to share the very simple bentonite clay mask recipe I use.
- I love this mask so much… it is ridiculously simple!
- No boiling, cooking, weird ingredients.
- The ingredients don’t expire, so you can make it in single batches without a problem.
- It is ideal for all seasons, expecially winter and summer. In the winter, it re-hydrates and removes dry skin. In the summer, it removes all the sweaty gunk!
- Did I mention easy… AND all-natural?
I firmly believe that the quality of things we apply to our skin is just as important as the quality of what we eat!
We all know that our skin is just a big old exterior organ, and it absorbs everything we slather on it. Not only does a bentonite clay mask have a bunch of super benefits, the two ingredients in this mask are all natural and great for your body. Both can be used externally (like for this mask), and also taken internally for a whole bunch of other benefits! (More on that later) ;D
For best results, use quality ingredients! The two brands I recommend using for this Bentonite Clay Mask Recipe are:
What Is It?
Bentonite Clay is made up of the ash from volcanoes. The largest known source of the clay is in Wyoming’s Fort Benton, where there are numerous volcanos. The clay’s name stems from the name of the town where the majority of its supply comes from.
Though, it is also referred to as Montmorillonite clay, which comes from Montmorillon, the region in France where it was first discovered. While the largest supply comes from Wyoming, it is also harvested in Italy and France. The trade name of the clay is Bentonite, so if you hear someone talking about Montmorillonite clay they are most likely referring to the same product.
Its history stems back centuries, and it was commonly used as a healing method to protect the body from disease. Its use was rife in the traditional cultures throughout the Andes, Australia, and Central Africa. They consumed the clay in a variety of ways for centuries. As the clay is readily available and doesn’t require modern processing it has been an incredibly popular and cost efficient method of detoxing.
How Does Bentonite Clay Work?
We are in constant contact with a variety of toxins every single day. These toxins are given off from common every day products, from cleaning products to the foods that we eat, and the air that we breathe. Bentonite Clay assists the body in expelling toxins, while reducing inflammation and increasing immunity.
On top of its detoxing abilities, it offers a range of nutrients. It is known to be rich in minerals, including potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, silica, and sodium.
It can be ingested, by eating it or in a drinkable form, and the body can easily absorb its vitamins and minerals- just as a supplement would be.
When used as a face or hair mask, and provide you with a wealth of benefits!
The Benefits of Using Bentonite Clay in a Mud Mask
- A Bentonite Clay mask helps to unblock the sebaceous glands, these are the cause of acne.
- It disinfects the pores to kill the bacteria that causes acne.
- It helps to dry out and heal whiteheads, pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes.
- 4. Not only does it aid in healing and reducing breakouts, it can also decrease the appearance of acne scars.
- Our skin frequently becomes clogged by sebum, which is oil that our skin naturally produced to keep our skin moisturized. Unfortunately, excess production of sebum leads to major acne. When sebum is produced excessively it gets trapped in the pores, which allows bacteria to thrive. It’s these bacteria that causes inflammation, and the inflammation results in blackheads and pimples. A Bentonite clay mask can draw the excess sebum from the skin.
- Additionally, it draws blood flow to the T-Zones and cheeks. It’s easy to use, is non-greasy, non-oily, and doesn’t leave a film on the skin following treatment.
- It also exfoliates the skin, leaving it looking youthful and more vibrant. As it exfoliates, it removes the dead skin cells which cause pores to become clogged. Clogged pores are more prone to acne and blemishes. Exfoliation also leaves skin looking and feeling healthier, as it encourages quicker renewal of skin cells.
- As mentioned above, the clay helps draw toxins out through the skin. Wet Bentonite produces an electrical charge which is made up of negative ions. These negative ions attract positive ions in heavy metals and toxins. This causes the toxins to bind to it, drawing them from the body. Toxins lead to premature aging. How cool is that!?
- It also has astringent properties, which gives it the ability to shrink body tissue. This is incredibly useful when you’re dealing with enlarged pores. Enlarged pores are caused by sun damage, age, and an accumulation of dirt and oil in the skin. Bentonite Clay tones and tightens the skin, reducing enlarged pores, leaving your skin looking younger.
Apple Cider Vinegar
What Is It?
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar that is made up of apple must. It has a pale or medium amber color. When it is organic or unpasteurized it may appear slightly congealed, this is because it contains mother of vinegar and this has a cobweb like appearance. It goes through a double fermentation process, and it’s during this process that nutrients and enzymes are preserved. These enzymes and nutrients work together to bring out its therapeutic properties. When purchasing Apple Cider Vinegar, definitely look for one that is unpasturized, or still has the “mother” like the brand I recommend- Braggs.
Apple cider vinegar is packed with potassium, pectin, malic acid, calcium, acetic acid, and vitamins A, C, E, plus B1, B2, and B6.
The Benefits Of Using Apple Cider Vinegar
There are several benefits when using apple cider vinegar for the face and hair.
Apple cider vinegar is a fantastic dandruff treatment. Whether you simply mix it into your shampoo, or create a hair mask with Bentonite Clay, by massaging it into your scalp, it’s anti-fungal properties help to combat and reduce dandruff. It also has high levels of acidic properties, this helps to balance pH levels, restoring the protective mantle layer of the scalp which helps to ward off future fungal growth. Its acetic acid also helps to remove the residue that builds up from using products, leaving you with shinier and lustrous hair.
As for using it on your face- it’s the acetic acid again which stimulates circulation, tightens skin and as a result- it minimizes the appearance of your pores- preventing buildup of bacteria.
Adding apple cider vinegar to your facial routine can also reduce the appearance of age spots. It contains alpha hydroxy acids which remove dead skin, leaving you with new and vibrant skin. In fact, you can use it in the mask or just dab some on a cotton ball and apply it directly to those pesky age spots. Wipe it off after thirty minutes and you’ll see a difference in six weeks.
It helps fight wrinkles, too by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Bentonite Clay Mud Mask Recipe
- Aztec Bentonite Clay
- Braggs Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Non-reactive Bowl and stirring utensil
- Organic Cotton Washcloth – I actually bought these for baby Warner… but loved them so much I use them just as much!
- Pour a small amount of clay into your non-reactive bowl. I use a small spoonful.
- Slowly add in a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar. Keep adding and stirring until your mixture is a nice thick paste.
- It should be bubbling at this point! 😀
- Apply to a clean face. Avoid the eye and mouth areas.
- Leave on for about 10 minutes or so. The mask will begin to dry out- this is normal. It won’t do any harm to leave it on longer, although the drier it gets, the gentler you need to be when scrubbing off!
- Using a warm damp washrag, gently begin to re-hydrate the mask and wipe it off. You may need to rinse the cloth multiple times before you remove the whole mask.
- Moisturize with your favorite oil- my go to is Jojoba Oil! Just a small amount is perfect.
Your face will likely be red and warm to the touch after this mask. That is because the mask increases circulation! If at anytime while using the mask it feels painful or begins to burn, remove immediately.There you have it! A simple way to pamper yourself… easily!
Tiny wooden spoons + Glass Ramekins + Organic Bamboo Washcloths = DIY Face Mask Perfection!
*As with anything, you should absolutely test a small patch before applying to your whole face! Especially if you have sensitive skin, test a small patch of skin first like on your arm or neck. Tingling, redness and warmth are normal, pain or burning is not!*