The average women’s skin is exposed to a daily dose of 168 chemicals from cosmetic and skincare products. That amounts to about 5 pounds of chemicals each year! What’s really alarming is the type of chemicals found in many cosmetic and skin care products which have been linked to cancer, infertility, hormone disruption and developmental problems in children.
On top of that, facial skin is also being bombarded with environmental toxins and air pollution which can contribute to premature skin aging and it can negatively impact your overall health. You can clean up your cosmetic and skincare regime by reducing the products you use, buying only organic cosmetics, or making a lot of your own products.
Unfortunately, you can’t control the pollution your skin is exposed to on a daily basis. This is why it is absolutely necessary to include a weekly detoxing mask in your beauty regime in order to help draw out these toxins which can linger in the lower layers of your skin.
What is Kaolin Clay:
The main chemical found in Kaolin is a silicate based mineral called Kaolinite which is responsible for giving this mask it’s detoxifying properties. It should be noted that different clay’s are suitable for different skin types so it’s important you’re using the right one for you. Kaolin clay is known to be one of the most gentle clay’s making it ideal for those suffering from overly dry and sensitive skin.
All clay’s work as a chelating agent by binding to dirt, sebum, dead skin and environmental toxins like air pollution, cosmetic chemicals, pollen, and cigarette smoke. All of which can accumulate in pores and lead to congestion and acne. Through this binding action, particulates are drawn out of the pores and into the facial mask where they are then washed away.
In addition to detoxification, Kaolin clay can also help with:
- Skin renewal due to its high silica dioxide composition
- Maintaining healthier and younger skin from the bonds silica helps form
- Increasing blood circulation
- Treating breakouts caused by bacteria
- Increasing mineral absorption by facial tissue
- Neutralizing skins pH and preventing further irritation
Because of how mild kaolin is, it will never leave your skin feeling overly tight like some other clay’s can (like bentonite). If you have dry skin then it’s extremely important that your facial products don’t dehydrate your skin further.
Benefits of Ground Oats:
Many folk remedies utilized the soothing properties of oats for a variety of skin ailments. It turns out there’s a compound in oats (avenanthramides) which can help fight inflammation and oxidation.
Colloidal oatmeal has been shown to improve skin barrier damage in people suffering from extremely dry and itchy skin. In fact, concentrations as low as 1 part per billion have demonstrated molecular improvements to skin cells.
As a side note, I do advise using only organic oats. Glyphosate (otherwise known as Roundup Ready) is a herbicide commonly used as a desiccant during the harvesting process of oats. In recent years this chemical has undergone some intense scrutiny by the medical community as its been linked to a whole array of serious chronic health issues even in minute amounts. A newly published meta-analysis even found glyphosate to increase cancer risk by a staggering 41%.
By purchasing organic, you’ll be avoiding grains that have been directly sprayed with any synthetic chemicals including glyphosate. You can easily find organic oats in most grocery stores and online through Amazon or iHerb.
DIY Face Mask For Sensitive Skin
This mask is specifically formulated for those with dry and easily irritated skin. A mask which can draw out harmful pollutants without stripping the face entirely of necessary oils is critical for sensitive skin.
Clarey sage oil was also included to help fight inflammation and free radicals which can lead to premature skin ageing. It also helps regulate oil production in people with both dry and oily skin.
Herbal tea is optional but adds an extra dose of anti-oxidants which can help calm down overly inflamed and red skin. I usually like to drink my tea prior to using my mask and reserve a bit of the liquid at the end for it.
The dry ingredients can be doubled or tripled, and kept in a jar for a few months.
- 1 tablespoon Kaolin Clay
- 1 tsp ground organic oats
- 1 drop of clarey sage essential oil
- Herbal tea like mint, chamomile, or rooibos
- Mix the first three ingredients in a small bowl.
- Add tea or filtered water into the dry ingredients and stir the mixture until it forms the right consistency. It should be a thick past which won’t drip down the face or neck at all.
- Dampen your face.
- Apply the mask and leave it on your skin for about 15 minutes or until it’s fully dry. Make sure you avoid applying the mask around your eyes and mouth.
- Wash away with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel (not too dry). Follow up with your regular skincare routine. Moisturizing afterwards is important.
That’s it! I like to use this mask at least once a week for optimal results.