You all know, by now, how much I love to make my own products, and just HOW important it is for me to know EXACTLY what's in everything I use. That's why over a year ago I started making my own face masks. I am completely obsessed with this mask and do it once every few weeks (let's face it, I would love to do it every week, but... #momlife)
About the ingredients:
Bentonite Clayand other healing clays, have been used for centuries by other cultures, for their nutrients and to help detoxify the body. In fact, many animals will instinctively eat dirt of clay, in times of illness or distress or to remove poisons from their bodies. Bentonite Clay is unique, because of its ability to produce an "electrical charge" when hydrated. Once is makes contact with fluid, its electrical components change, and it has the ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities and chemicals. it does this because it carries a strong negative charge, which then bonds to the positive charge in many toxins.
Bentonite Clay will absorb the toxins, and then release its minerals for the body to use. It has an alkalizing effect on the body, and it also helps cells to receive oxygen, by pulling excess hydrogen, allowing the cells to replace it with oxygen instead. It has been known to help reduce acne, restores the glow of your skin, reveals a healthy skin from the inside, relieves common skin problems - such as eczema and psoriasis.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is one of nature's most powerful ingredients that offer health AND beauty benefits. ACV is incredibly rich in citric, maltic and acetic acids, vitamins, amino acids, mineral salts and enzymes. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it is fantastic to help prevent acne. It also helps to restore and balance your skin's pH level, which is essential to help prevent breakouts. It is a rich source of alpha-hydroxy acids, which increase blood flow to the skin and minimize pores.
Frankincense Essential Oil is a powerful astringent, which means it helps to protect skin cells. It can help to slow the signs of aging, by preventing wrinkles and lift and tighten the skin naturally. It is fantastic at helping to reduce scarring and skin blemishes.
Lavender Essential Oil contains potent antioxidants, which help to prevent and counteract the negative effects of pollutants it's exposed to. This can fight these common culprits, such as rough or inflamed skin. it protects the skin from irritation and stress and can also help to balance hormones, which benefits include, healthy skin.
Watch the video below, for a step by step on how to make and apply the mask.
**CAUTION: IF YOU HAVE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SKIN, IT WOULD BE BEST TO REDUCE THE ACV TO A QUARTER - HALF THE AMOUNT. ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN LEAVE IT OUT ALL TOGETHER.