fresh aloe vera and bentonite clay face mask
if you don't know already, i love bentonite clay. so much that i drink it in water on a daily basis (read more here). i also use bentonite clay as a face/body mask at least 3 times a week after doing my honey and celtic sea salt face scrub. it is the most natural, simple, cheap and effective face mask i have ever used. bentonite clay is like a magnet that gently pulls everything bad from your skin while feeding it with loads of vitamins and minerals.
aloe vera is also up there on my list of top health and wellness ingredients. who doesn't remember rubbing fresh aloe vera on their sunburn as a little kid. the benefits of aloe vera for your skin and overall health are incredible. it is highly effective for treating acne and scarring, anti aging, reduces stretch marks, is incredibly moisturising and the list goes on. i find using fresh aloe vera a lot cheaper and probably much better and potent as it hasn't been processed and packaged. i also use it for internal/medicinal purposes and will be sharing my experience and recipes very soon. i'm lucky enough to have a big plant in my garden but they are easy to find at any nursery.
i have the most sensitive skin in the world and have never had any kind of reaction to this mask. although, after i wash it off my skin does go a bit red and tingly for about 10-30 minutes but that totally disappears and my skin looks so fresh and so clean clean (not a typo). i have never had a "detox" breakout from this mask either, unlike some of the expensive store-bought masks I have tried.
INGREDIENTS (mixing ratio: 1 part clay to 2.5 parts liquid)
1 / cut out the aloe vera jelly. add to a blender with a little bit of water and blend until smooth. sieve the juice into a glass jar. you will only need a about 2 tbs of this and can save the rest in the fridge for next time.
2 / in a glass cup add about 2 tbs of the aloe water then slowly add clay (with a glass spoon) and mix adding a little more water or clay until you get a paste like consistency. aloe vera makes the texture look abit like oatmeal but that's fine. apply to a clean face and let it sit until it dries, about 15-20 minutes.
3 / rinse off with warm water and a wash cloth. once all removed i splash my face with cold water to close up my pores <3 then i like to massage my face with organic rosehip oil.