I'm back with another acne-killing DIY! This clay mask has deep cleaning bicarbonate of soda, pore-cleansing bentonite clay, antibacterial tea tree oil and, of course, acne-killing apple cider vinegar! And if you've already made the Apple cider vinegar toner this is even quicker to whip up!
You've spent the whole day wearing make-up, you've been out in city pollution, your skin is oily and you can almost feel your pores clogging as brand new blackheads and spots are formed under the surface -- say STOP! And attack that acne-causing bacteria!
The Magic Ingredients;
Bentonite Clay - (also called fullers earth) literally dirt-cheap (heehee) on Ebay; 100g costs less than a coffee and lasts me for at least 5 months. It's no coincidence that deep cleaning/acne masks contain clay; it soaks up oil, gets down into your pores and Bentonite clay even produces an electrical charge to attract all that bacteria and dirt and hold onto it until it's all washed away.
Bicarbonate of soda - used in all sorts of cleaning products from whitening toothpaste to oven cleaner as well as giving a lovely rise to gingerbread and brownies! It fizzes and whizzes the dirt from your pores. However, if you have sensitive skin you may want to give this a miss.
Apple Cider Vinegar - is anti-bacterial and restores the natural PH of the skin. Don't underestimate the damage an unbalanced PH level can do! Step away from the skincare wipes. . . .
Tea Tree oil - again, antibacterial, a long-time hero acne product, one of the only essential oils you can apply to your skin undiluted.
Honey - used in this recipe to soothe sensitive skin; deep cleaning can be a scary thing if you're prone to redness and irritation, the addition of honey should help.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner - if you made this wonderful toner from this post, you can skip the apple cider vinegar and tea tree and just use this instead. Meaning you can whip up this mask in no time with your toner, clay and bi-carb! Who says deep pore cleansing is a chore?
If you're using this straight away use warm water/warm up your toner so it'll open your pores before you apply.
In a little tub (I usually re-purpose an old Lush skincare tub despite our recent break-up!) put 2 teaspoons of the Bentonite clay.
If you're worried about your sensitive skin, add 1tsp of honey now, warm it so it's easier to mix. Add 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp of water and 6-10 drops of tea tree oil or just add your toner instead! Then just grab a mini whisk or fork and mix mix mix.
Keep adding liquid until you've got a thick but smooth mixture; it should stand up in peaks just like meringue or whipped cream.
Now for the fun part! Add 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda, give it a quick mix and watch. This mixture will start to puff up and lots of little bubbles will snap, crackle and pop. Loads of fun!
Aaaaaaand, that's it! You're done! Smooth it over your face however you like; old foundation brush, fingers, back of a teaspoon, big lollipop stick. I like to let the tub sit in hot water first so that it'll be warm when I apply.
Leave it on for up to 20 minutes or until it dries. If you've only got 5 minutes spare 5 minutes will do. Beware, it tightens up a lot! You should see the blackheads in the clay as it dries. When I use it on my nose I can see all little black dots in the dry clay - weird!
Rinse with water and a muslin cloth/flannel. Your skin may be red but this is usual after a deep cleansing mask. Your pores will be clean and open, allowing your skincare to work better. Needless to say, do not apply make-up afterwards, it'll slide right into your clean pores. Best done at night-time before bed.
I hope you enjoy this one! I usually follow with a hydrating mask or some rose-hip oil as a nice treat after all that deep cleaning.
Have a look at the acne rules and routine at the top of this blog if you're battling acne.
Good luck! Stay clean