I love pore refining face masks, but most of the ones I’ve tried in the past either dry my skin out too much, contain harmful chemicals, or don’t clean out my pores very well. Enter my favorite and really quick recipe for a Lavender Myrrh Pore Refining mask made with bentonite clay. You’ll refine your skin and look amazing in less than 15 minutes!
What’s in the mask:
Bentonite clay is a type of absorbent clay that is made up of many different minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, and potassium. It comes from volcanic ash, and has a strong negative electromagnetic charge, which gives it an ability to pull metals and toxins out from our skin. It’s also prized for it’s ability to absorb liquids and purify other compounds. It’s these reasons that makes it perfect for a face mask that removes buildup from your pores. I use this type of clay.
Organic, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is a relatively gentle acetic acid (gentle enough that it’s safe to drink) that serves to lightly cleanse and exfoliate your skin. I use this brand.
Lavender Essential Oil has been used for all skin ailments for centuries, including wound healing and burns. Pure 100% therapeutic grade Lavender combats excess sebum on the skin without being drying.
Myrrh Essential Oil is another oil that has been used since biblical times for chapped skin and wrinkles. Many people (including me) find Myrrh also helps with cracked and dull skin.
Tools you’ll need:
- A bowl and mixing spoon that aren’t metal. Remember when I said it has a negative electromagnetic charge? The clay will react with a metal bowl, so you’ll need a ceramic or glass bowl and a wood or ceramic spoon.
- Measuring cup.
- Measure out ¼ cup of Bentonite Clay and put in the bowl.
- Add 4 drops Lavender oil and Myrrh oil and add directly to the dry clay.
- Measure out ⅛ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and add slowly to the dry clay. Mix quickly and thoroughly with a your spoon until you get the desired thickness. The mixture may bubble slightly for just a bit.
- Keep mixing until mostly smooth; a few lumps are totally fine.
- Use your fingers to put a thick layer of mask on a clean face. Let the mask completely dry, which may be up to 15 minutes.
- Wash off with a very wet hot washcloth or get in the shower to rinse off.
- Enjoy the benefits of clean pores and fresh skin!
If you aren’t interested in a DIY, I highly recommend this healthy clay/charcoal mask. I use it often, and it also works great at refining and purifying the skin.
Enjoy your clean skin!
P.S. Learn where to source effective and high quality essential oils here.