These past few weeks, my Facebook feed had been bombarded with posts about people in queues just for a tub of a particular Indian Healing Clay. Some of them had known it and loved it, while others were probably just jumping on the bandwagon. Some of them didn’t even know what they were for, but there they were, stuck in No. 69, 78, or 100. Some even posted in groups asking how the product was used, right AFTER making a purchase.
I mean, shouldn’t we know first what we are lining up for? That before spending money on a product, I believe we must give it some thought beforehand.
But I cannot deny that I got curious myself. Why would it be hyped if it weren’t good, right? Lucky me, I was given the opportunity to try out something from a different brand that promises the same effect. (Thanks, Ms. Cha!) Since it contains 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite and Green Clay, it claims to effectively cleanse and detoxify, while healing the skin.
Since it was my first time to try an Indian Healing Clay mask, I had to educate myself and make a lot of research.
DO note, though, that this product was sent to me for testing and reviewing purposes. Rest assured, you can expect that what’s written here is purely my honest opinion, based on my personal experience.
What is Calcium Bentonite?
The different types of bentonite are each named after the respective dominant element, such as potassium (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and aluminium (Al). Experts debate a number of nomenclatorial problems with the classification of bentonite clays. Bentonite usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water.
Bentonite Clay is Good for the Skin
Bentonite clay unclogs pores, thoroughly cleanses and shrinks them. Enlarged pores and oily skin usually go hand in hand. Sebum clogs the pores and causes tiny bumps to develop. Bentonite clay absorbs sebum and the nasty scums that settle on the skin. As the clay mask dries up, you will feel that your face tightens. The mask also shrinks the pores making them less visible.
Bentonite clay contains silica, which is an anti-aging mineral. Silica strengthens the connective tissues and softens the skin.
Bentonite clay exfoliates and gives our skin a beautiful glow. It removes the dead skin cells as it eliminates scum and toxins. As the face clears up and gets restored, our skin will look clearer and brighter.
This clay also helps reduce the appearance of scars. It removes scar tissues, helps the skin to heal, and reduce inflammation. Continuous use of bentonite clay can also help even out skin tone.
It is also safe for all skin types, but make sure to use it according to your skin type. Using this once or twice a week continuously, will definitely improve the skin.
Now on to our featured product: NAVAJO Bentonite Clay Mask!
Navajo Bentonite Clay Mask is a locally made product that could be a dupe for, or perhaps even a better option than, an international one that is quite difficult to get a hold of.
The product is housed in a round plastic tub with labels on the lid and on the bottom of the tub. Each tub has 100g of product, which is a good amount for the price of P200.
The instructions, ingredients, and warnings have been printed on the bottom. So you’ll have an idea on how to properly use the product.
The only thing that’s missing on the label is the information about the company and its expiration date.
The good thing, though, is that they respond through their Instagram, so don’t hesitate to ask them if you have any questions.
It smells like earth, of course – it’s clay, so it smells like so. But I suggest NOT smelling or sniffing the powder or the mixture. I had a weird feeling in my nostrils and my throat when I did it.
First Use: with Water
Since I did not have raw Apple Cider Vinegar that time, I tried it first with clean [drinking] water. According to the instructions, I should mix equal parts of clay and water in a non-metal bowl. I noticed that despite its watery consistency, it looks as if there’s oil in it.
As I smothered my skin with the mixture, I noticed that it was a bit grainy. I guess it’s because I only used water, it might be different with ACV. It didn’t turn pasty, but it applied pretty well.
After several minutes, my skin started to tingle and feel tight. As mentioned on the label, I felt my skin pulsate particularly on the nose, cheeks, and forehead, which fascinated me a lot.
At the twenty-minute mark, the mask looked almost completely dry and there were cracks all over.
I rinsed it off with lukewarm water; afraid that it would be difficult to remove if I didn’t. I found it easier to take off when massaged in circular motion.
Watch the video below to see what my skin looked like after washing it off.
My Face Went Red!
My face felt super clean and fresh after taking it off. It still had that weird tingling sensation, but I didn’t mind it because I knew it just meant that the mask was working.
My face went red! I saw it coming, though, since it was clearly stated on the label. That’s why labels are so important for me, because I rely on them before using a particular product.
As expected, the redness disappeared after a few minutes. I wanted my skin to calm down a little more quickly so I grabbed my Boom Deah Dah sheet mask and put it on.
Would I recommend Navajo Bentonite Clay Mask?
Yes! First of all, it’s a local brand so it’s much easier to find and purchase. It’s also affordable with its price of only P200 per 100g tub.
I liked how the mask felt when I used it, the pulling and the throbbing. The redness afterwards was like an evidence that the product was doing its job!
The irritation I had prior to my first application diminished after a couple of days. This mask has totally helped improve the texture and eliminate some bumps and pimples.
I’ll keep you guys posted (FOR REALLL!) and I’ll show you what it’s like with ACV.
Have you tried any Indian Healing Clay yet? What about ACV? Care to share your experience? Leave a comment below!
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