Saturday, June 7, 2014

DIY: all-natural detox clay mask

i have always loved making things and i have always loved beauty products. what do you get when you put those two together? a girl who has always been experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen to put on her face and in her hair. lately, i've been on this all-natural kick, trying to play around with my skincare routine and eliminate almost everything i've been using except for a few simple, natural items. my time spent visiting the health food and supplement stores led me to researching about the things i found there, one of them being: bentonite clay.

calcium bentonite clay, to be exact. this stuff is derived from volcanic ash and is crazy amazing. i have even read some people eat it as part of an alkalizing detox/cleanse. yup, not sure if i'm ready for that, so i'll stick to putting it on my face. it has a negative charge, which causes it to suck out positively-charged toxins; the acne-causing bacteria found in our skin. it's a swelling clay which means when mixed with water it becomes a highly-porous sponge and toxins are absorbed. awesome!

bentonite clay is going to be the base for our face mask recipe. yes, you can simply use the clay mixed with water, but why not add a few more superfoods and achieve even better results!? so, not only does this mask contain all of the benefits of the clay, but also the many health and beauty benefits of: turmeric, witch hazel, and of course, coconut oil.
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let's look at the benefits of these ingredients!

  • treats eczema
  • treats acne-- antiseptic & antibacterial properties
  • helps with pigmentation related to hormones, sun damage etc.
  • lightens stretch marks & burn marks
  • improves circulation improving skin tone
  • wounds & cuts
  • brightens & evens skin tone

witch hazel:

  • reduce pore size
  • reduce wrinkles
  • fight acne
  • reduce puffiness
  • lock in moisture
  • ease eczema & psoriasis
  • heal bruises faster
coconut oil:

  • improve moisture & lipid content of skin
  • use as sunscreen-- blocks 20% of UV rays!
  • vitamin e prevents premature aging of the skin
  • proteins contribute to cellular health & tissue repair
  • does not become rancid or "go bad" & works longer than other oils
  • smells amazing!
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okay, here's what you do:

  1. 2 T. calcium bentonite clay powder
  2. 2 tsp. organic turmeric
  3. 1-2 T. organic unrefined coconut oil
  4. 2-4 T. witch hazel [mine happens to be rose scented]
  5. a non-metallic bowl
  6. a non-metallic spoon
  7. measuring spoons
  8. sealable jar/container
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1 // measure 2 heaping tablespoons bentonite clay in a medium mixing bowl.
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2 // measure 2 heaping teaspoons of turmeric into the clay.Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset
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3 // add 2 - 4 tablespoons [or more] of witch hazel to start--  you may need more depending on how dry your mixture becomes. you can always add a bit more clay if it becomes too runny. you want the consistency to be fairly thick! Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

4 // add 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil to the mixture. begin blending and make sure you really work in the coconut oil, it helps if its a bit softened first!
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5 // continue mixing and adding more witch hazel if it's too thick. use your judgement!Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

6 // when it's ready, [i had to stop and use a stronger spoon, it gets hard to mix!] it should look a little something like this:
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7 // when it's the right consistency and everything is blended, scoop into your jar or container and seal it up really tight! it will dry out if not completely sealed. keep in a cool, dark place.
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8 // apply to your face! this mask will stain your fingers/skin/fingernails, so i apply mine with the back of a spoon. but if you don't mind having mustard fingers, use your hands! apply a liberal layer, i guess i like mine about 1/8in. thick.
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but seriously, it's such a beautiful color!!!!
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9 // wait about 10-15 minutes, you will be able to tell when it starts to dry and crack! [yikes, frightening, sorry!]Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

10 // remove with a warm washcloth. be careful to not use a white washcloth or towel unless you want a yellow one. the turmeric does stain but should come out with a wash in bleach. after you're finished, your skin may have a yellow tinge to it, if you are fair like myself. this can be removed with some witch hazel on a cotton ball or your regular toner. Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

11 // moisturize well afterward and enjoy your fresh, detoxified skin!Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

a few bits & cautions about this mask:
  1. the witch hazel in the recipe can be replaced with water, rose water, or apple cider vinegar, which is the most common ingredient i have seen used with bentonite clay.
  2. turmeric will stain very yellow, so if you are more fair than myself, maybe cut the amount in half or exclude it all together. the staining of the skin does remove easily but if it bothers you, don't worry about excluding it. protect surfaces and don't wear a nice, new, white shirt when applying it! 
  3. you can add any essential oils to this mask for added health and wellness benefits. maybe tea tree for extra antiseptic properties or lavender for a calming affect.
  4. tightening and temporary redness of the skin is completely normal after removing the mask. it will subside after 30 minutes or so, although i didn't experience too much redness myself! if you have sensitive skin, maybe test it on a small part first.

what do you think? will you be trying this mask? it takes 4 ingredients and not much time at all.
i like to make enough for a few uses and have it ready to go! and it makes a great gift as well!

check out my DIY brown sugar and coconut oil scrub here to get glowing exfoliated skin for summertime!

and i'll leave you with me, keeping it real on here.
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x's + o's
kaitlin elaine


  1. Not cute at all. Not too subtle racism

    1. Whaaaat? As a pale freckle who would stain, I appreciate the heads up. My Greek boyfriend would not have stained skin, nor would my slightly more tanned than me Aussie friends. You're a nutter... A nutter who clearly doesn't realise what a pain it can be to have super pale skin that can be stained by some fairly random ingredients. How on earth is that racist?

  2. Racism? TOTALLY busted out laughing. I guess I missed the invisible ink writing.

  3. Hi this is a great mask and one of my favorites ! I wanted to ask where should be the best place to put away my jar with the extra clay and by cool and dark did u mean the frige ? Thanks

  4. Racism? Im lost. This was a great post

  5. Made this last night,I added organic tea tree oil and vitamin E.Amazing mask! Thank you for sharing.

  6. My 15yo daughter loves to make her own face masks. Tonight she mixed bentonite clay with witch hazel and lavender e.o. Her face immediately began to burn, became hot, and turned fiery red. I thought maybe the combination had a chemical reaction and burned her skin, but you and others have successfully mixed the two. I am baffled. If anyone has a possible cause please post. Thank you for your creative ideas.

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  9. So, how long can you keep it in a jar? Might it last a few months or just a few days? Anyone try to keep it?

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