DIY Living Clay Detox Mask
- On the Skin: Externally, apply a paste of bentonite clay and water on any skin irritation like blemishes, insect bites, cuts, skin itching, or burns. Leave it on until it dries and wash off. This is said to be especially calming to skin itching from eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, etc.
- Skin Poultice for Bites/Burns/Cuts/Stings: For more severe issues, create a poultice by putting a thick layer of clay on the skin and applying a wet gauze or cloth over it. Wrap the area and leave the poultice on, changing every 2 hours.
- Face Mask: For smooth and healthy skin, Make a paste of bentonite and water and apply to face as a mask (a similar mask is used in many spas). Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off. We typically do this once or twice a week.
Using clay externally works differently than using it internally. In this case, the clay pulls toxins and impurities to and through the surface of the pores of the skin. This is how the mask detoxes. It is gently exfoliating as well which is what makes the skin feel soft and silky. It also increases circulation wherever it’s applied, causing pink and in some cases red skin. However this is only temporary.
Clay masks can be used on all skin types, including dry and mature skin. Use a rich, lasting moisturizer after the mask to keep feet hydrated. Clay masks can be drying along with being detoxifying.