I’ve spent many years focusing on how to have nice skin. Let’s just say that it doesn’t come naturally to me, and it’s one of the main reasons I did an elimination diet. The thing is…even when my skin is good, I want to try and make it awesome.
I’ve learned that my skin’s appearance depends primarily on what I eat and drink, but how I treat it also makes a huge difference!
Some things I do to keep my skin looking nice:
- Chlorella supplement (I think it actually works on my hormone balance, and this translates to better skin)
- Exfoliating brush
- Oil cleansing method
- Bentonite Clay mask
You can find bentonite clay at many health food stores, or on the Internet. I bought this one–and got a whole pound for $11.00!! Don’t worry, you’ll love the facial so much you’ll use the whole pound… and you can also use bentonite clay for other things–like homemade toothpaste!
Bentonite Clay Exfoliating and Pore-Cleaning Facial
Here’s the deal:
1. If you give yourself a pore-cleaning facial after you’ve been sweating, your pores are already open and trying to expel things. If you put a clay mask on, the clay and the sweat are on the same team!
2. You can make a very cheap mud mask that (I swear) rivals any spa mud mask. Bentonite clay powder mixed with water (or apple cider vinegar if you don’t have sensitive skin) forms mud. This is special mud! Spread it on (after you’ve washed and dried your face), and as it dries, it shrinks. You’ll feel it tighten, and can leave it on for 15 minutes or until it’s mostly dry. It draws out toxins and gunk.
Bentonite Clay Facial
Several tablespoons of bentonite clay powder
Apple cider vinegar (non-sensitive skin)
Water (sensitive skin)
Directions: Add liquid to the bentonite clay powder slowly while mixing it until it turns into “mud.” Apply it to your face (avoiding the eyes) in a thick coat, and leave it on until it is mostly dry.
You can save the leftovers in an airtight container for quite a long time (at least a month)
If you slather it on thickly and then leave it for a while, it gets really hard and starts to crack. I recommend that you first test it on a patch of skin on the side of your face, just to make sure it doesn’t do anything weird to you (just like anything you’re going to put on your skin). I also recommend that rather than trying to wash it off in the sink, you just wash it off it in the shower—it turns back into mud when it gets wet and can be really messy in the sink.
You can do this up to 1-2 times per week, but you might notice some redness (and burning if you use ACV instead of water). Do it at night! The redness will go away, and your skin will be so soft you won’t be able to keep your hands off it (but you should!).
Side note: Here are two videos I did about how to get clear skin. The second one spills my secret for 100% clear and glowing skin!
Would you try the facial?! (or have you tried it?)
What is your favorite thing to do to keep your skin beautiful? Do you have any cheap and easy tricks?