Hello all – I wanted to share a quick note with all you natural beauty junkies out there about a new (well new to me) discovery – Natural Bentonite Clay!

MMMMM yes this stuff is the bomb – it is found online at amazon.com, as well as at most natural / health food stores. I got mine in the bulk section of what I like to call my local hippy store 🙂

It looks pretty much exactly like this.

This stuff is super simple – it comes in powdered form, though you can also buy pre-made masks made from bentonite clay, but I find that it is cheaper and less irritating to just mix it myself from the powdered form. I take a small bowl, and put about 1 heaping teaspoon of the powdered clay in, then add a splash of apple cider vinegar and a splash of water, and mix with my fingers. Add a little more vinegar/water, in small amounts, until you get a consistency that you feel will spread easily onto your skin. Starting with a clean, dry face, spread an even layer on, avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes, and let it dry. Some women use it down their neck and jawline also. I found it takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes to dry out, depending on how thickly you spread it on and how warm your house is! You will feel it tightening up on your skin, and I have very sensitive skin so I even felt a little uncomfortable while it was drying, but I am used to that. Once it has completely dried and been on for at least 20 minutes, wash off gently with lukewarm water. Sometimes I use a very sopping wet facecloth to help remove it.

This mask will draw impurities and pore-clogging dirt, oil, left over makeup, etc. out of your skin. I noticed that right after removing this mask, some parts of my face were VERY red, almost looked sunburned. Mostly in my problem T-zone. Later on in the day, I had several new whiteheads and small eruptions on my cheeks, chin, and forehead. I dabbed these with tea tree oil before bed, and exfoliated my face in the morning. Overall, it left my skin feeling softer, pores looking a little tighter, and obviously pulled some nasty gunk to the surface. I would recommend doing this mask NOT right before a big event, but at least 1-2 days in advance, so that any redness or eruptions have a chance to calm down and heal. This is an amazing, inexpensive, completely natural facial mask, and aside from redness, did not bother my super sensitive skin. Right on!