When you think about cleaning, mud is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But when it comes to cleansing and clarifying your skin, it should be! Mud masks are an all-natural, yet extremely effective, way to detox your skin and remove impurities that lead to breakouts and blackheads. Most “mud” masks are made with Bentonite, a special and powerful clay composed of ancient volcanic ash. Without getting too scientific, this clay has a unique magnetic property that draws toxins from the skin.
It sounds a bit complicated, but the important thing to know is, however it happens, this clay actually works. I swear, it’s like beauty magic. You apply the clay to your skin and it literally pulls the oils and impurities to the surface, making it the perfect power ingredient for face masks. You can simply mix the powder with water to create a mud mask, but we recommend taking things up a notch and adding in a few extras. Here are a few Pinterest favorites of mine that you NEED to try!
1. Two Ingredient Acne Mask
This mask uses only two things: bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar. Like Bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar is an organic substance known for its many beauty and health benefits. Mix the two together and you’ve got an acne-fighting super solution! As the mask dries, you’ll feel a tightening and pulling sensation on your face, which means it is working. A day or two after you first use the mask you may notice new blemishes popping up, but that’s totally normal. The mask pulls the clogged dirt and oil from deep beneath the skin, coaxing pimples you didn’t even know you had yet to the surface. Use the mask regularly (aim for one to two times a week) to keep your skin clear and prevent future breakouts. See the detailed instructions at www.dearchrissy.com.
2. “Glam Glow” Face Mask
If you’ve never heard of Glam Glow, it’s a fabulous face mask from Sephora that brightens the skin and clears up all kinds of skin issues such as acne, blackheads and ingrown hairs. It’s also comes in a tiny jar and it super expensive. This DIY Glam Glow inspired face masks works just as well – at a fraction of the cost. The black colour comes from Activated Charcoal powder, another all-natural and powerful detoxifying agent. (You can find it in capsule form in the supplements section at most drug stores.) Get the recipe and detailed instructions at mynewestaddiction.com.
3. Honey and Lemon Detox Mask
Honey and lemon are two other beauty super tools to add to your list. The great thing is that you probably already have them in your kitchen! Honey has amazing antiseptic properties and helps to exfoliate and soften the skin. It can even help prevent wrinkles! Lemon juice is great for brightening and balancing skin tone. Combine the two with Bentonite clay and you’ve got all your skin care bases covered! See the recipe at www.thecoconutmama.com.
If you can’t find Bentonite clay in stores, you can also order it online. I’ve tried a few and found the Aztec Indian Healing Clay brand to be the most effective for face masks. In addition to face masks, you can use the clay to make mascara, toothpaste, mud baths, deodorant… the options are endless! Best of all, It’s affordable and one container goes a long way.
Will you try these clay DIYs?