With what our faces face on a daily basis — sun exposure being the big one — clay masks are a great way to treat common skin challenges. I like to give my face a good detoxing once a week to make up for not taking good care of my skin during the week (I’m definitely guilty of this!).
Take a night, and treat yourself to a nice, calming bentonite clay mask.
Bentonite clay is here to save the day! — scratch that. The week! This soft volcanic clay is suitable for all skin types. It absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, kills acne-causing bacteria, and it’s great for spot treatments, too (just mix it with a little bit of water). It also has anti-aging benefits, because as it exfoliates the skin, it helps with cell turnover.
So, are you ready to detoxify the bentonite way? If you are, here’s…
What you’ll need
- A few small stalks of sage
- 2 tbsp of bentonite clay powder
(carried at most health food stores)
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- Half a lemon
Sage (enough to fit in a small bowl)
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of coconut oil
Half a lemon
This should make enough for one application. If the clay gets too thick, too quick, you can add a little more lemon before adding the oil.
Directions: Step by step
Remove the stems from the sage leaves, and grind the sage with a mortar and pestle until it’s fully ground.
Add your honey and sage…
Squeeze the lemon into the mash, and mix! You can also use lemon juice, which I sometimes do, but I think there’s something refreshing about using an actual lemon. Plus, you can use the other half of the lemon for something else.
Next, pour the coconut oil into the bowl…
Add the clay, and mix.
By this point, it should be firm and greenish gray.
That means it’s ready to go. Apply to your face, and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing.
Voilà! Enjoy your newly detoxified face!