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Let’s talk about your face. It does a lot for you. Besides being the first thing people look at when they see you, your face has that good old thing called skin on it. And although we tend to forget this, our skin is the largest organ we have! It’s constantly working to protect us from things like dirt, environmental toxins, and radiation. On top of that, it even synthesizes some of the chemicals we need to stay alive, such as Vitamin D.

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Because our skin works so hard for us, it’s important that we do our part to keep it nourished and clean. Professional facials can be quite luxurious (except for the part where they extract the gunk from every single pore on your nose – ow!), but they can get expensive and you can’t always control the ingredients you’re letting into your pores.

Skip the spa and treat yourself to a DIY mask once a week to keep your face tight and glowing.

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Inflammation Buster

– 1 tbsp. bentonite clay

– 1 tsp. turmeric

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– 1 tsp. aloe vera gel

– 1 drop lavender essential oil

– apple cider vinegar (enough to make a paste consistency to your liking)

Have you ever experienced a puffy face in the morning that doesn’t seem to leave, no matter how many splashes of cold water you go through? If you’re a person with food allergies this can be a common side effect, and it often comes with redness and inflammation that can make your skin a bit sensitive. No matter what the root cause of your inflammation may be, this mask can soothe and calm your skin for days.

Bentonite Clay – Bentonite clay has an uncanny ability to pull toxins, chemicals, and even heavy metals out of your skin. The clay also provides oxygen to cells, and has an overall alkalizing effect. Bentonite clay is a wonderful source of minerals including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium. When combined with a liquid and left to dry on the skin as a mask, it is also able to bind to bacteria that may contribute to conditions such as acne. This means it can help to calm skin infections and even speed up healing time.

Turmeric – Turmeric is an incredible Indian spice that has passed the test of time in cooking as well as beauty regimens. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce skin inflammation, pigmentation and blemishes. It has also been used for centuries as an antibacterial agent, and is still used today to accelerate the healing of cuts and burns.

Aloe Vera Gel – Believe it or not, aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory power that can reduce skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and more. Giberellin acts as a growth hormone that stimulates the production of new cells. It allows the skin to heal on its own, which means very minimal scarring for you!

Apple Cider Vinegar – With a pH similar to skin, ACV helps restore and balance your skin’s natural environment. The acidity of the vinegar can dry out blemishes while also promoting new, healthy skin to take its place. You can also use ACV as a toner after your mask (or any day of the week), and taking it internally can combat a myriad of ailments, including those that effect the skin, such as acne.

Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender has endless benefits for your skin, largely due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics. It can gently soothe sunburn and bring accelerated healing to dry skin, cuts, and so much more. Of course, lavender is a calming and soothing oil that naturally reduces redness while improving your mood.

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Ultimate Detox

– 1 tbsp. bentonite clay

– 1 tbsp. activated charcoal

– 1 tsp. camu camu

– 1 drop tea tree essential oil

– apple cider vinegar (enough to make a paste consistency to your liking)

Bentonite Clay – As mentioned above, bentonite clay physically pulls everything from grime to bacteria out of your skin.

Activated Charcoal – Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin. It has been proven to adsorb thousands of times its own mass in harmful substances, making it a perfect remedy for wounds and cracked, exposed skin. This is your best bet to purify and give your skin the deep cleaning it desperately needs!

Camu Camu – Camu camu is one of the highest botanical sources of Vitamin C, and also contains other antioxidants like beta-carotene and anthocyanins that are excellent for the skin. Vitamin C supports skin health by boosting collagen production, and is perhaps the most purifying vitamin known to man. Camu camu powder (or any high vitamin C food) taken internally can truly make your skin glow!

Tea Tree Essential Oil – The health benefits of tea tree oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, stimulant, and so much more. The ‘cicatrisant’ property (meaning it has the ability to form scar tissue) makes it heal wounds quickly and protects them from infections. It has a stimulating effect on hormone secretions, blood circulation, and most importantly on the immune system, which helps your skin complete its detox job.

ACV – See above.


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