I don’t know about you, but this week has been a little crazy.
If we’re friends on Snapchat or Instagram (Haleigh120photo), I’m sorry I’ve been MIA – but I have a good reason.
Monday was Bryce and my 5th anniversary, and he surprised me by PROPOSING.
So – lots of celebrations, things have been crazy as is, my face definitely deserved this detox mask.
(currently as I type this my face is tingly as the mask dries and cracks #weirdestfeelingever)
But before I share this super easy recipe with you, let me list a few reasons why you should detox your face with a mask:
• rids the body of toxins internally and externally
• helps reduce blemishes, aging, and scars
• tightens skin and makes pores visibly smaller
• makes your face SO SOFT and gently exfoliates
But why wouldn’t you just buy a “detox face mask”?
That face mask at the store may make your skin may smell heavenly, and may even make your skin feel really soft, but is it actually detoxifying your face? Doubt it. In fact, many of the ingredients in it are probably doing the opposite – toxifying (is this a word? it is now) your face. And even if you’re 100% sure the ingredients in it aren’t harmful and also beneficial (aka doing its job and detoxifying), you’ll probably have to pay BUCKS for it.
This DIY, on the other hand, requires ingredients that you’d probably already have, excluding the bentonite clay which is less than $10, and (optional) essential oils.
Now, onto the good stuff.
DIY Detoxifying Face Mask
These measurements per ingredient make a mask for one time use. I also included in parenthesis the measurements for making a batch of masks to save for later! I used a 6 oz glass jar for my batch, which is enough for 8 masks!
I know what you’re thinking – “Haleigh, 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup does NOT fit in 6 oz” – you’re right, but when you mix the clay and ACV together, it looks like a lot at first, but then it shrinks down. #trustme
• 1 TB cup apple cider vinegar (1/2 cup for a batch)
• 1 TB bentonite clay – buy from Amazon or your local health food store (1/2 cup for a batch)
• 1/2 tsp honey – raw and/or local for best results (2 tsp for a batch)
• 2-4 drops Young Living essential oils depending on skin type – see below under, “why these ingredients” (12-16 drops for a batch)
Instructions to make:
• Mix the apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay until it foams and creates a paste. You may need to add a bit more bentonite clay so it isn’t too thin. Make sure to use a non-metal bowl, with a non-metal spoon (you don’t want the clay to react to the metal in your spoon/bowl – you want it to bond to the metals in your body, removing them from your skin).
• Add in your honey until everything is added together. If using raw honey, you can gently heat it so it is liquid and easier to mix.
• Mix in the drops of essential oils.
You’re ready to go!
Instructions to use:
• On a clean, dry face, either use a stippling brush or your fingers to apply the mask to your face.
• Keep applying until you’ve used it all up, even if you go back over the same area several times. If your mask is thinner, multiple layers will make sure you’ve got a good, thick coat on there.
• Leave the mask on for about 5-10 minutes for really sensitive skin, otherwise 15-20 minutes for normal skin.
• After 10 minutes you’ll start to feel a tingly and tightening sensation as the mask dries. Around 20 minutes I noticed the mask started peeling a little and some flakes fell off my face, so right before 20 minutes seemed perfect.
• Rinse off the mask with warm water or a warm, wet washcloth.
• Your face may be a bit red and raw due to the deep pore cleansing from the clay, but it’ll be gone within 30 minutes.
• Commence petting your own face and admiring how stinkin’ soft it is!
• For the best skin ever and to notice lasting results, use a face mask at least once a week!
Why these ingredients:
• Apple cider vinegar mixes with bentonite clay smoothly and makes it easy to apply on your face. If you mix with water, the clay will most likely be clumpy and not spread on your face well.
• Bentonite clay rids the body of toxins internally and externally by acting like a sponge. The clay-ACV mix creates a strong negative charge which binds to the positive charge in most toxins and heavy metals. It also reduces blemishes, scars, and calms itching from eczema!
• Honey is incredibly healing for the skin, as it’s naturally rejuvenating and antibacterial. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and gives a nice glow, like what you had as a kid.
• Essential oils – you can read here why I only use Young Living essential oils. They’re incredible for the skin, and each one of them does something unique!
Side note: I’m actually doing a Facebook class right now on essential oils 101, what they are and lots of ways to use them, plus a giveaway and a huge sale on the starter kit – if you want to join the class, message me on Facebook and I’ll getcha the hookup. :)
Choose which essential oils you want to add to this DIY, depending on your skin type:
• Oily skin: lemon (comes in the starter kit), orange, bergamot, lime, geranium
• Dry skin: lavender (comes in the starter kit), sandalwood, cedarwood, roman chamomile, rose, myrrh
• Combo skin: lavender (comes in the starter kit), frankincense (comes in the starter kit), orange, patchouli, bergamot, jasmine
• Aging skin (we could all use this – prevention is best!): lavender (comes in the starter kit), frankincense (comes in the starter kit), tangerine, sandalwood, rose, patchouli
• Troubled skin with acne: Purification (comes in the starter kit), lemon (comes in the starter kit), lavender (comes in the starter kit), lemongrass, tea tree, geranium, orange
Which ones I add to my face mask and why:
• Frankincense – improves appearance and health of skin and moisturizes, promotes regeneration of healthy cells and tissue, tightens skin and improves skin tone, eliminates sun spots, reduces scarring from acne, reduces appearance of wrinkles.
• Lavender – incredibly moisturizing, and aids in most occasional skin issues (notice it’s listed under almost every skin type).
• Lemongrass – helps clear occasional acne and balances oily skin, as well as the overall pH of skin.
• Purification or tea tree (tea tree is in Purification) – both great at balancing skin tone and combatting acne, and cleansing the skin.
Next time you’re about to Netflix & chill with your dog/cat/significant other/body pillow/whatever, whip up a detox face mask (or grab your pre-made batch)!
Since this was a loooong post with lots of info, let’s do a RECAP:
• Bryce proposed this week on our 5th anniversary ❤️
• This face mask is inexpensive, super easy to make, and will detox your skin and leave it baby soft like nobody’s business
• I’ve got an essential oil 101 class going on Facebook right now, which includes what they are and how to use them, plus a giveaway and a huge sale on the starter kit (message me on Facebook and I’ll getcha in the class)
Whew! So now you tell me –
Have you made a face mask before?
What skin type do you have? Mine leans towards the dry side!
Leave me a comment below, I love hearing from you!