This past year my favorite bentonite clay company discontinued their detox facial scrub and I was sooo bummed! I used it in the shower a few times a week for years! I’ve taken it upon myself to come up with a comparable product that I can make at home with my own ingredients. The scrub Living Clay made had crushed walnut shells to exfoliate and peppermint oil to invigorate. Our basic recipe has none of those so is good for sensitive skin as well. Then you can customize it for exfoliating, invigorating or soothing depending on what extra ingredients you add.
The basic detox facial mask uses a bentonite clay paste for the detox part of the recipe. Bentonite clay is an amazing natural detoxing agent that works by binding to bacteria and toxins on the surface of the skin and deep in the pores to extract them out and wash them away. It also has antibiotic properties to aid healing and fight infections. People have also observed a soothing effect from using a bentonite clay mask. Make sure to always hydrate bentonite clay in a glass jar because it can pull impurities from plastic once it is rehydrated.
Manuka honey is added for its many potential medicinal properties. These include:
- Antibiotic properties to help alleviate blemishes
- Anti-inflammatory to sooth skin
- Helps balance skin’s pH
- Contains amino acids to help slough away dead skin cells
- Promotes collagen growth for firmer, younger looking skin
- Natural humectant to draw moisture into the skin, which enhances skin elasticity and cell regeneration
- Promotes healing
I added Walkabout Emu Oil to further sooth, heal and moisturize the skin. Potential benefits of emu oil for skin include:
- Naturally high in antioxidant Vitamin E
- Contains Omega 3, Omega 6 & Omega 9 which are vital to healthy skin
- Super noncomedogenic moisturizer
- Anti-inflammatory to soothe skin
- Promotes cell regeneration & healing
Basic Detox Face & Body Mask
Mix the bentonite and water to make a paste first. Then add the honey and emu oil and mix thoroughly. Make sure to always use glass whenever possible when bentonite clay is activated with water – it can pull impurities from plastic as well as your skin. And stir with a wooden stirrer as it can also pull things from metal. this recipe makes about 2 oz of finished product. Store in an airtight glass container. As all ingredients have very long shelf lives, it should keep for months.
Once made, it can be used as a daily cleanser that you put on and wash off right away, or as a deep cleansing mask that you let dry on your face before you wash it off. For best results, use a hot washcloth to rehydrate the mask for easier removal. Your skin will feel wonderful after!
Natural Invigorating Face & Body Scrub
If you want to make this an eye-opening morning scrub, then add these additional ingredients: 1 tsp coffee grounds & 6 or more drops peppermint essential oils.
So, I knew right away there was no way I was getting crushed walnut shells for my recipe, so I searched for alternative exfoliants. My first thought was sugar, because I’ve seen that used quite a bit. But, I don’t eat white sugar because it is toxic, so why would I put it on my skin? I used coffee grounds instead. Coffee grounds are a good alternative because the caffeine can enhance fat metabolism and increase circulation, which may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Use this all over and the exfoliating properties will certainly make your skin soft and smooth!
I used peppermint oil because it is super invigorating and leaves the skin feeling tingly and refreshed. Different brands have different quality oils. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on high end essential oils to get a quality peppermint oil.
Super Soothing Facial Mask
To make this a soothing face mask, use calendula tea instead of water, and add 6 or more drops of either lavender essential oil, calendula essential oil or a combination of the two. Calendula has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and healing properties to soothe sensitive skin. Lavender oil also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which help with healing of many skin issues. And it smells so nice, it helps us feel relaxed and refreshed all at the same time.
Great Homemade Gift Idea!
Need stocking stuffers or like to make nice gifts for others? You can make a big batch of this and fill multiple jars to give as gifts. It’s easy enough for kids to make! A little fabric and ribbon and, voila! You have a great little gift for loved ones.