Do you like to do-it-yourself? Do you enjoy the sensory play involved in making masks or other skin care products? Do you like to control the ingredients in your cosmetics to assure you are not putting harmful chemicals on your skin? If so, then you are part of a large group of women and men who care about what is nutritious and healthy for their skin and are willing to take the time to assure only the best ingredients in products for their bodies.
Following are several do-it-yourself masks using bentonite or green clay as a base. Bentonite clay is known as a healing clay and has many applications both externally and internally for detoxification. Bentonite is a volcanic ash. One of the best-known sources is in Fort Benton Wyoming, thus the name Bentonite. Another name for this fantastic product is Montmorillonite. Montmorillon is the region in France where this healing clay was first discovered. Most of the clay used today is from Wyoming. Bentonite can draw toxins from the body and also adds many beneficial micro-nutrients. Using Bentonite as a base for your healing masks is a win-win. Bad stuff out–good stuff in.
The basic mask
When used as a mask Bentonite clay binds to bacteria and toxins drawing them from the skin as it dries. To make a mask, combine enough of the clay with a liquid, specified in the recipes below, to form a thin paste, usually about 1 Tbs of clay to 1-2 tsp. of liquid. If you need it thinner, add a little more of the liquid called for in the individual recipe. Mix in the desired herbs, spices or food ingredients, for your specific needs. Apply to your face and allow to dry for about 15-20 minutes, then remove with a hot, wet washcloth. You will want to avoid scrubbing, so the hotter, the better, just don’t get it so hot you burn your skin. Your skin will be firmer, glowing, and healthier for days afterward. You can repeat the mask two to three times weekly as needed.
Always purchase your clay from a reputable source as some inferior clays may contain trace amounts of lead that can be a health hazard especially for pregnant women and children.
People with food allergies and sensitivities should not try masks that use ingredients they are allergic to.
Let’s look at a few ways to make masks for specific skin challenges.
Using the basic mask recipe presented above, add the specific ingredients for each specialized mask shown below.
- Acne– Add 1 tsp. of honey, 1 Tbs. of crushed parsley leaves, and 4 drops of tea tree essential oil. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. The parsley and Tea Tree oil will help to heal the skin through antibacterial action.
- Age Spots– Add 1 Tbs. of mashed Papaya or cucumber, and 1 tsp. of Honey. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. Cucumber and Papaya have a slight bleaching action that helps even skin tones.
- Dry Skin– Add 1 Tbs. of almond meal, 1 tsp. of honey, 1 tsp. of coconut or jojoba oil, and 1 tsp of heavy cream. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. The oil and the cream are good for moisturizing dry skin. The Almond meal is a gentle exfoliant and bleaching agent.
- Eczema– Add 1 Tbs. of oatmeal, 1 tsp. of honey and 1 tsp. of yogurt. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. Oatmeal is very soothing to irritated skin.
- Natural Glow– Add 1 Tbs. of avocado, 1 tsp. of dried milk, and 1 tsp. of olive oil. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. Avocado is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E making it a great skin conditioner. The lactic acid in milk is a gentle exfoliant.
- Normal– Add 1 Tbs. of mashed strawberry, 1 tsp. of honey, and 1 tsp. of yogurt. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. The strawberry will help rid the skin of dead cell build-up.
- Oily– Add 1 Tbs. of mashed pineapple, 1 tsp. of finely chopped or mashed fresh sage leaves, and 1 tsp. of honey. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. Pineapple dissolves dead skin cells and sage is a good astringent for oily skin.
- Puffiness– Add 1 Tsp. of coffee grounds, 1 tsp. of cocoa powder, 1 tsp. of sour cream, and 1 tsp. of honey. Mix and apply to face and neck. Let dry. Remove. A natural diuretic, coffee will help relieve the bloated look to your face.
- Rosacea– Add 1 Tbs. of instant oatmeal, 1 tsp. of liquid green tea, and 1 tsp. of honey. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. Both oatmeal and green tea are very soothing to the skin and will help to even out the color.
- Skin Tightening– Add 2 Tbs. of mashed ripe banana, 1 tsp. of raw honey, and 1 tsp. of plain unsweetened yogurt. Mix and apply to the face and neck. Let the mask dry, then remove. The banana has astringent qualities helping to remove fine lines and wrinkles for the appearance of smoother skin.
You will notice many of these masks include honey and yogurt. Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties as well as helping to open your pores for deep cleansing. Yogurt, containing lactic acid helps with exfoliation. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Both of these ingredients provide wonderful nourishment and healing for the skin.
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