Happy Labour day to all Kenyans!
Hey beautiful creatures of the earth. I am filled with joy and energy this Monday and feel blessed to be Kenyan. I sure do hope your having super daper day with family and friends somewhere warm. Today I just want to let you in on a little secret called Bentonite clay.
I first learnt of Bentonite clay early this year when I was exploring my Instagram feed (I cant really recall what page it was on but it belonged to a naturalista….ofcourse..hehe).I then looked it up and was so impressed at how people’s hair looked after using this clay. To my amazement too, I discovered that I could also use the same mask as a skin cleanser, and if you have been following me for some time you know how much I looove natural DIY facials as seen here, here and here. So…. after a very long search i found the elusive clay, experimented with it and I’m now going to attempt to make you try it out too. I promise you will love it and so will your skin.
Bentonite Clay is an effective healing clay that comprises of minerals and it’s formed from natural volcanic ash, which was originally discovered near Fort Benton, Wyoming, in the U.S. A. It is extremely popular for its internal and external detoxification powers which it achieves by producing a negative electric charge when introduced to water which further aids in binding and removal of toxins.
My experience with B.C as a cleansing face mask was pretty exciting. I decided to try it out with Jonas, my lovely creative cousin and partner in crime. She loves to try out new things so when I told her about trying it out with me she was definately in for it and also agreed to taking pictures of me as we did. After the cleanse, my skin felt glorious, smooth, and well hydrated. If my skin could express itself in song about how the facial felt like, it would definately belt out HALLELUJA by Handel Messiah.
Here is how its done;
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay (from SheabyAsal)
- 1 teaspoon water or apple cider vinegar
- A plastic cup/bowl and a plastic spoon to mix them
- Take about 1 teaspoon of the bentonite clay powder and about 1 teaspoon of water or apple cider vinegar (ACV) and put in a bowl or cup. You can use water or ACV as a liquid for the mask. The ACV tends to make the mask a little more powerful/harsh on your skin, so if you have sensitive skin you may want to use water (which is what I use).
- Mix the two ingredients well, until it forms a paste consistency. You can add a little more water or a little more powder, if the consistency doesn’t seem like it will easily spread on your face.
- Apply the bentonite clay mask to your face.
- Leave the mask on for about 20 to 30 minutes until the mask dries and your face feels tight.
- Rinse off the mask using plain water. Gently scrub a little with your fingers to get it off, it tends to try to stick to your skin.
NOTE – After you rinse the mask off, your skin may look a little pink or red for a few minutes. This usually happens to everyone after using the mask because the clay increases blood flow to your face as it pulls out toxins. So do not be alarmed!
Uses/benefits of bentonite clay on skin
- Used to extract toxins in the pores.When Bentonite Clay is combined with water, and left to dry on the skin as a clay mask, the clay is able to bind to bacteria and toxins living on the surface of the skin andextract them. This aids in reducing outbreak of blemishes, alleviates redness, and also cures allergic reactions from irritating lotions or face washes
- It has a special ability to act as an antibiotic treatment when applied topically to the skin. The clay can help calm skin infections and speed up the healing time of wounds or eczema, even where prescription antibiotics are not able to help solve the problem
- It leaves skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and less inflamed
- It unclogs and shrinks your pores
- Helps control over production of sebum which is responsible for black heads/white heads and ACNE
- Heals and regenerates skin tissue
- It is very gentle and naturally cleansing
- Evens out skin tone
- Reduces appearance of scars
- Excellent natural exfoliator
- Leaves your face glowing
-ensure you dont use a metal spoon to make the mix as it causes metals to leach from the spoon into the clay, making the clay less effective.
-A good quality Bentonite should be grey/cream in colour and anything bordering pure white should be considered suspect.14