One night, I came out of the bathroom and walked into the kitchen. My face was a hideous shade of green. In some spots it cracked, peeled and flaked. As my skin tightened, my appearance took on a weathered, puckered look.
Trust me, I looked just as bad, if not worse, as the model shown to the right..
Thankfully, no one came to the door.
Bentonite Clay Facial Mask
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Women will do just about anything to improve their looks, even if it means slathering their face with natural volcanic clay.
That’s because it’s been known for thousands of years that wearing a natural mineral mask, and then rinsing it off, seems to leave your skin softer and younger looking. It’s also said to reduce pore size. For me, it gave my complexion a healthy glow that lasted about a week.
I can’t promise you or anyone else will see the same results. But I wanted to share my story of how I use clay to help my complexion.
Clay can be mixed with water to make a paste. You can then put it on your face. You can also add a drop of lavender essential oil to the mixture. That’s because lavender seems to have an affinity for the skin. So It’s often added to natural beauty recipes. I regular add lavender oil to my non-toxic DIY cosmetics and personal care products.
It’s believed that lavender essential oil is a natural anti-aging remedy. Although I can’t claim or promise that it will make your skin look younger, I can assure you that I use it on my own skin. It seems to make my own skin softer.
Best Clay Masks for Your Face
Clay is reputedly very good at removing toxins that accumulate in the pores and just under the surface of the skin. It does this because it is negatively charged, while the bad stuff is positively charged. Since opposites attract, these damaging free radicals are removed from your skin.
There are different types of volcanic clay. But they have pretty similar properties. One of the best known is Bentonite clay, named because large deposits of it were discovered near Fort Benton, Wyoming. It has long played a role in traditional Native American medicine, where patients were often told to take it internally, as well as apply it to their bodies.
However, I need to warn you to never take clay internally unless you’re working with an experienced medical professional. That’s because of reported instances of intestinal blockages. Using it externally appears to be much safer.
Redmond Clay, shown below, is a Bentonite clay mined that comes from Redmond, Utah. Created from volcanic ash, it is good for all skin types, including very sensitive. People with dry skin will probably want to mix their clay with a moisturizer, such as olive oil or jojoba oil.
Bentonite Clay Facials
Clay is a very easy way to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Only a little is needed, so one jar will last a very long time. In addition to allowing you to give yourself an at-home facial, clay is also said to be good for healing acne and other skin problems.
Another popular type of clay is green European Montmirillon clay, which comes from France. It is more greenish than Bentonite clay. The two terms Bentonite and Montmirillon are often switched around and used interchangeably when describing facial and medicinal clay. Now Solutions is one of my favorite supplement companies and a very trusted brand.
In addition to using clay on my face, I also tried it on my left knee, which is often painful because of an old injury. So far, so good. I think it makes my knee feel better, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to try to detox this area, which I injured years ago.
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