Clay has been used for skin and wound preparations since Ancient Egyptian times, and respected healer Hippocrates and scientist Aristotle classified various clays based on their composition for medicinal purposes.
Bentonite clay, in particular, has a very negative charge, enabling it to attract very positively charged toxins – it has superior drawing capability, is great for problem skin, and deep cleansing.
A good clay mask with bentonite clay as it’s base to promote detoxification from the skin, will also have skin nourishing components like oils and minerals.
DETOX: Applying the mask around the face, concentrating on the t junction (forehead, nose and chin) and avoiding the fine skin of the eyes. Masks are typically left on the face for a period of about 15-20 minutes, to allow the clay to take effect, and the nourishing ingredients to absorb.
Our skin is permeable and exposed to many sources of foreign material – from obvious things like make up and sunscreen, impurities in our water supply, and in the air. Airborne chemicals are particularly concerning as we cannot detect the exposure. Fumes, sprays, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), they’re ubiquitous in our environment now, and while we can have control over what we use ourselves, we’re not immune from exposure.
Removing the mask or paste is easy when you have a good sponge that can absorb the clay effectively while still being respectful of your skin.
RESET pH: Once you’ve drawn all those chemicals and toxins from your skin, you want to bring the skin back to its natural, slightly acidic pH. Commercially made alcohol based toners can do this, or you can simply use a very dilute solution of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (1:10) to truly honour your skin.
SEAL: your skin by gently applying an organic and pure oil. Light, gentle strokes up the neck and face serve to seal the skin and stimulate the new skin cells.
Ta dah! You will feel amazing.