I’m so excited to share this beauty secret with you! Some secrets are too good not to share, and this mask is one of them. I always notice a definite radiant glow after every treatment of this DIY Detoxifying Essential Oil Mask. I seriously love the results, and hope you will try it as well!
Skin, our largest organ, acts as the sponge in our day-to-day life. The quality of the air you encounter, water you bathe with, and products you use all gets soaked right into your skin! The good stuff and the toxic stuff.
My new mission this summer is to clean up my beauty routine products. I recently downloaded an app called Think Dirty which reveals the toxicity levels of major ingredients in your household cleaners, cosmetics, and personal care products. When you scan a product, the app gives a score based on how safe or toxic the product is. If you scan a product that has a high toxicity rating, it will provide alternative options that are safer and cleaner.
After all, what goes in, on, or near our body ultimately impacts our health!
So I went a little scan happy…
My go-to Lysol All Purpose Cleaner had a whopping score of 9/10 on the dirty meter. TRASH.
Same score for the Air Wick plug-ins I used to freshen my house. TRASH.
Mario Badescu facial masks all scored high on the dirty meter, and those things aren’t cheap either! (Eh, I just placed those to the side for now. I can’t commit them to the trash can just yet.)
I (mostly) cleared house with the dirty products and replaced them with organic, non-toxic products that I can check are safe for my wellbeing.
I like to know what’s in my products now, so I educate myself on the ingredients I’m introducing to my body. Even better, I like creating my own DIY recipes to substitute for the toxic products I’ve trashed.
(fanfare.) Enter, my DIY Detoxifying Essential Oil Mask! The ingredients are simple, good for your skin, and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and firm. After applying this mask, I always notice a vibrant glow to my skin that boosts my confidence and inspires me to wear less makeup. Enough radiance to inspire me to post #nofilterselfie pictures for anyone to see.
Here’s the dirt (pun intended) on the ingredients and how they can benefit your skin.
Made from aged volcanic ash, this clay has powerful detoxifying potential due to its highly negative charge that is activated when mixed with water. Free radicals and heavy metals carry a highly positive charge, so bentonite clay attracts these toxins to remove them from your skin.
In addition, bentonite clay is rich with minerals, such as silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium. When activated bentonite clay attaches to a toxin, it releases its minerals into the body. The major mineral that jumps out to me is silica, which is the building block for collagen production, providing firmer, vibrant skin.
This may be an ingredient that is hard to find in stores. That’s what Amazon is for, right? Be sure to purchase the food grade clay. While you may not be eating it, it is contacting your body! (Side note: some people do eat bentonite clay, but let’s save that for another time, kay?)
It’s important when mixing bentonite clay with water to not mix with metal. Since bentonite clay attaches to metal, the mixture will be less charged and ultimately less effective in its detoxifying powers when you use it. Use a plastic utensil to mix!
Raw honey (not the kind that comes in the plastic bear) is a popular ingredient for DIY facial masks. Those mighty bees produce a powerful substance that is great for your skin! Raw honey has antibacterial properties that can help combat breakouts and clear your pores. It’s highly moisturizing and also contains antioxidants which rejuvenate the skin to slow the aging process.
AKA the gateway oil to the essential oil world. Not only is lavender beautifully fragrant and relaxing, but I like to think of it as a powerhouse oil. It’s great for ALL skin types. The antiseptic properties of lavender can help with acne, dryness, and inflammation. Additionally, lavender has the whammy benefit of stimulating cell growth to help combat wrinkles and scars.
Did you just think of the three wisemen when you hear the word frankincense? If the oil is fit for a king, then it must be rich! This earthy, uplifting oil is a great addition to skincare routines with an ability to rejuvenate skin to provide a radiant glow. Like lavender, it also possesses the ability to stimulate cell growth. Buh bye wrinkles! Hello smooth skin!
…So are you ready to try out this mask? Check out the recipe!
Detoxifying Essential Oil Mask
- 3 tbsp bentonite clay, food grade
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 2 drops lavender oil
- 2 drops frankincense oil
- filtered water, to proper consistency
In a small ceramic bowl, add bentonite clay, honey, and essential oils mixing with a plastic utensil*. Add filtered water in small increments, smashing the clay mixture to bind and remove as many clumps as you can. The proper volume of water is reached when the mixture is somewhat firm but still wet. Don't worry about tiny clumps.
Before application, refrigerate the mixture for 30-60 minutes. This helps it apply better!
Apply a thin layer to freshly cleaned skin. This mask can be used for the face, neck, or any other part of the body (except the sensitive parts!). Let set for 10-15 minutes, removing before mask is completely dry. Gently remove with a warm wet washcloth. Apply moisturizer. Wait 2-3 days before repeating mask treatment.
Store the extra mask mixture in a ceramic or glass container* in the refrigerator. Press plastic wrap firmly over the surface of the mixture to prevent drying out.
*DO NOT USE METAL to contain or mix the mask. This will make the detoxifying properties of bentonite clay less effective.
DISCLAIMER: By the way, I am not a doctor – just a gal wild about essential oils. Please know that any information provided on My Radiant Essentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.