Bentonite clay is a fantastic ingredients for making your own acne-fighting, pore-cleansing detox face mask. Like other healing masks, bentonite clay contains a wide variety of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium. Upon contact with water, or any fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. It’s fantastic absorbing abilities also mean that bentonite clay absorbs excess oil and sebum from your skin. It also helps to detox and minimise pores making it fantastic for oily and acne-prone skin.
Glow with bentonite clay and it’s brilliant beauty benefits:
- Helps heal skin
- Evens out skin tone
- Minimises pores
- Unclogs pores
- Draws out toxins
- Helps prevent breakouts
- Reduces the appearance of scars
- Naturally exfoliates
- Helps reduce blackheads
I recently purchased some ingredients from JustIngredients so I could experiment with making my own anti-blemish face masks and I wanted to share one of my recipes with you today. I prefer making up a larger batch of the dried ingredients and storing them in a jar (they’ll keep for ages!) – this way all you need to do is add the liquid and you’ve got yourself an instant blemish-banishing beauty mask!
Pore Perfecting Detox Face Mask: Chlorella & Peppermint
So we now know the wonderful benefits of bentonite, but all the other ingredients have powerful acne-fighting properties too! Chlorella is full of skin-loving vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants and helps reduce inflammation. Mint is a powerful anti-inflammatory (you can read my full post on the beauty benefits of mint here), rosemary stimulates cell renewal and is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and apple cider vinegar is also anti-bacterial, helps to balance your skin and regulate sebum! Want to know how to make this powerful pore-cleanser? Read on!
IMPORTANT: avoid using metal bowls or spoons when mixing your ingredients as this can reduce the effectiveness of the clay.
- 1/2 C Bentonite Clay
- 2 Tblsp Chlorella
- 2 Tblsp Peppermint Powder
- 10 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil (optional but it stops the mask smelling like pond!)
Mix the bentonite clay and chlorella in a jar. In a separate bowl add the peppermint leaves and rosemary essential oil – mix together well. Combine the peppermint/rosemary and clay/chlorella mix and that’s it! It’s that simple. Store in an air tight jar and use as often as you need – I strongly recommend at least once a week, but if you can do it more often then you’ll soon see the benefits! Personally, I try to do it 2-3 times a week, I quickly mix it up, slap it on then watch TV or do the washing up for 20 minutes!
Making your detox mask:
- 2 Tsp Clay Mix
- 3 Tsp Warm Filtered Water or Herbal Tea
Simply add 2 tsp of your dry mix with 3 tsp of water or tea, mix well then apply to your face with your fingers. Leave for at least 15 minutes then wash off with warm water and finish with a splash cold water and your favourite moisturiser. I like to keep things simple with plain hemp or rosehip oil!
What’s your favourite DIY face mask recipe? Keep an eye out as I’ll be posting some the recipes for another one of my favourite ‘Pore Perfecting Detox Face Masks’ next week!
Peace, Love & Clear Skin,