Clay masks are the BEST masks, EVER. Okay, that may be a slight hyperbole (I don’t know what came over me), but this mask is extremely powerful. How so? Well, have a seat, my friend…I’ll explain:
Bentonite clay works its magic by absorbing toxins and impurities when activated by liquid. The clay is essentially ridding your face of the impurities that can lead to breakouts, blackheads, and dry, dull skin. Pretty cool, huh? As for our friends Cinnamon & Nutmeg? Well, these two spices are just too lovely to pass up! Much like bentonite clay, when applied to the skin cinnamon increases circulation and plumps the skin. This antimicrobial spice does wonders for fine lines and wrinkles, not to mention acne & blemishes! And nutmeg? Oh sweet, nutmeg. This baby works hard to fade those acne scars on our beautiful skin. Acne doesn’t stand a chance against the antibacterial goodness in nutmeg. Take THAT, Acne!
Now, don’t just take my word for it. Get ready to give your face something to glow about!
For this clay mask Mix the bentonite clay, nutmeg, cinnamon and apple cider vinegar until combined. The consistency should resemble that of your favorite greek yogurt, with bubbles. If your consistency appears otherwise, simply add a bit more bentonite clay to thicken it up or ACV to water it down.
Apply the mask to a freshly washed face. I find that a thick coating tends to work best, so don’t be stingy! Allow the mask to work its magic for 20 to 30 minutes. You will feel slight tingling–that is simply the bentonite clay and wonderful spices beautifying your skin. If the tingling becomes unbearable, rinse off the mask with cool water.
After 20 to 30 minutes, gently wash away the mask with cool water. I prefer to do this part in the shower since clay can be rather tedious to remove. You may find it helpful to use a clean washcloth to aide in the removal of the mask.
Once your skin no longer resembles Kermit the Frog, pat dry and apply a soothing moisturizer. What do I use? Well, I swear by my argan oil. This gentle yet effective oil is perfect for the sensitive skin types who crave deep moisture.
If your skin is slightly red, do not panic. That is simply the result of the bentonite clay and cinnamon increasing the blood circulation near your face. Nice, right? The redness fades within 30 minutes.
P.S. If you suffer from highly sensitive skin or allergies to cinnamon and nutmeg, please steer clear from this mask. 🙂