DIY Detox Clay Mask (Bentonite Clay Face Mask, 3 Ingredients)
Only three ingredients in this DIY detox clay mask that leaves your skin soothed and nourished. This bentonite clay face mask is antibacterial, antifungal, soothing, and perfect to use on acne breakouts. Plus, it's made in under five minutes and smells amazing.
This DIY detox clay mask makes the perfect addition to your pampering routine (so does this peppermint foot cream!). Made from bentonite clay which is known for its detoxifying and healing properties as well as lavender essential oil.
I use this bentonite clay face mask once per month and have for years. It soothes inflamed skin and helps keep skin face feeling fresh and soft and not rundown.
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Bentonite Clay For Skin
It's been said that bentonite clay is a healing clay- and in my personal experience that's beyond true. Bentonite clay can help skin with:
- remove oil from the surface of the skin
- reduce redness and inflammation
- help detox the skin
- soothe red bumps
Bentonite clay has many uses and a lot of people ingest it as well as use it topically. Personally, it's one of my go-to remedies for red bumps or hives. I've used it multiple times and it works wonders.
Essentially, it is a detox clay.
Is Apple Cider Vinegar Safe?
You would think that the clay and vinegar would cancel each other out. One being very acidic. However, apple cider vinegar is no basic vinegar. It has been quoted to do almost everything- which you should probably take with a grain of salt 😉
That aside, I love this vinegar and do find that it reduces inflammation. I use it to combat both digestive issues, heartburn, and skin inflammations. But it also has a ton of benefits for the skin.
Apple cider vinegar can:
- help soothe sunburns
- works as a toner
- is antibacterial and antifungal
- can ease redness of bug bites
This is why I use it for this DIY detox clay mask. With so many soothing properties I've found it works wonders on inflamed skin.
Note: I can't stress enough that all skin is different. Always do a test patch with the bentonite clay mask before slathering it onto your face. In some cases, it can cause redness.
Adding Essential Oils?
This homemade clay face mask is lavender-based. Obviously the smell of lavender is super calming (I use it a lot in our sleepy time spray!) but I also use it to soothe any inflammation or redness.
I'm sure there are many other essential oils you can choose but lavender essential oils have worked for me time and time again to reduce irritation and inflammation of acne or "random red bumps" on my face and skin.
Using Essential Oils Safely
As always, my suggestion when it comes to essential oils is to do your research before using them. This DIY detox clay mask works just beautifully without essential oil as well.
When it comes to the dilution rate of essential oils, most people agree that 5% is a good place for adults (and 0.5-1% for kids). Which is about 10 drops per one tablespoon of carrier oil (this website states you can use up to 20 drops per tablespoon).
However, this DIY clay mask doesn't contain a carrier oil and it is placed on your face. Thus, I tend to err on the side of caution and only use 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil (my preferred brand being Plant Therapy because they have a wicked kid-safe line!).
FAQ & Tips
One thing to note with this mask is that you've got to use pure ingredients- only then will it be effective.
Meaning, make sure you use bentonite clay and not a knock-off. Likewise, look for pure, raw, un-strained apple cider vinegar (the one with the strings and mother still in the bottle). Only then will you reap the most benefits.
Not sure where to grab ingredients? Here's a roundup list of my favorite products (and brands) for DIY beauty products and where to buy them!
Another thing to make note of is using apple cider vinegar on the skin. I've used this lavender clay face mask a million times now and some of those times I used too much AVC. This caused some redness on my face which scared the shit out of my at first but went down in about 20 minutes.
Basically, I made the mask too vinegar-based. Given, when I make it myself I don't measure the ingredients so make sure you use the DIY clay face mask recipe.
The recipe below is what I personally use but, some people's skin doesn't enjoy ACV (apple cider vinegar) and the potency of the vinegar will irritate it. Do a test patch (not on your face) before using the mask.
Fun disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a herbalist, or even an EO specialist. Consult with a specialist before using anything DIY.
The Texture Of The Face Mask
This DIY face mask is pretty thick. It is not at all runny. Clay absorbs so while you can add more water, it still makes a bit of a paste. Personally, I like my face masks thick because then it forces me to take time rubbing it on.
This particular detox face mask goes on really well and is super soft as you're pressing it into your skin.
How Long Do I Leave The Mask On?
I leave the mask on for about 7-10 minutes. Believe it or not, you do NOT want the clay mask to fully dry on your skin! This causes the skin to dry out with it.
You want to wash the face mask off while it's still a bit wet.
Once it has set, use warm water to rinse it off. Take care not to scrub it off your face roughly, your skin is delicate! Go slow and use a warm washcloth to gently wipe away the clay mask.
Can You Store It?
I have never actually tried to store the mask (insane, I know!). This face mask recipe makes enough for two so I usually do it with my four-year-old and have never had reason to store it.
But, I will try! And I'll keep everyone updated when I do.
Update: The clay mask keeps in a ziplock bag or sealed container for roughly two weeks.
What To Put On After The Mask
And the best follow-up is my favorite face cream from Primally Pure. While I love to make homemade body butter with beeswax, I tend not to use them as much on my face (too oily).
Instead, I rock this blue tansy cream. Check it out and save 10% on your entire first order using code mamabear10
Truthfully, this DIY lavender face mask is a little piece of health in itself. It's best not used on a daily basis (twice a month is plenty) though.
How To Make It
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2.5 tablespoon water
Note: make sure you don't use a metal spoon or bowl to mix or apply the mask. Metal deactivates the detoxing properties in the clay
Looking for bentonite clay? Amazon is definitely the easiest but personally, I’d suggest you check out Pronounce Skincare.
The owner of this company (Jess!) is just a regular mama like myself who is obsessed with all things natural. She offers bentonite clay (and so much more). Quality ingredients for a great price.
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DIY Lavender Detox Face Mask