Sunday, November 18, 2012

Beauty Day with Clay

As many do, I suffered with acne issues for many years. The more I stressed about it, the worse it got. After trying every over the counter product on the shelve, I realized that I had to take matters in to my own hands. I took it upon myself to do massive research on skin, its nature and leaned towards natural ingredients. To my surprise, the answer was clay. Bentonite clay is common in many parts of the world but only became familiar to me when I began using it as a base in my clay masks.

What is bentonite clay?
Unlike drying agents found in commercial products, bentonite clay is an absorbent powder that draws excess oils and debris to the surface of the skin. In addition to its drawing properties, bentonite clay enhances circulation, tighten the skin, increases blood flow and clears out dead skins cells from pores. 

What you will need
Two tablespoon of Bentonite clay
One tablespoon of green tea powder (or brewed green tea)
Two drops of tea tree essential oil
Juice of one lemon
*Mix all ingredients together to make a paste

How to apply
Apply the mask to problem areas and allow it to sit until dry. Rinse off with warm water, apply a toner and follow up with a moisturizer. 

*It is also important to exfoliate the face at least once a week. I often use a Brown Sugar Honey Scrub or and Dead sea salt scrub. 

Benefits of other ingredients
Lemon juice has antibacterial properties due to its acidic nature. It is also very rich in citric acid which helps improve the overall appearance of the skins complexion and lighten dark spots.

Green Tea is high in antioxidants ideal for neutralizing free radicals caused by UV light exposure. Green tea also helps soothe acne, brighten skin and fight inflammation.

Tea tree oil has antibacterial/fungal properties which help fight the source of acne.
In addition to the skin benefits, all of these ingredients are cost friendly and very easy to make in the comfort of your own kitchen.

I do not use any commercial products on my face. Here is a link to my daily skin care regimen I have been using for the past two years. Good luck to those on a journey to healthy skin. I hope I was helpful.



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