“I woke up like this. I woke up like this” – Flawless, Beyonce
Unlike Beyonce I did not wake up flawless – at all (at least by my standards). I went into the bathroom to do the usual morning duties and was greeted by a pimple trifecta on my mo’phuckin face. The ring leader, a big ass zit in the center of my forehead, was like “I woke up like this, I woke up like this.” The other two back up pimples chimed in “God damn, God damn God damn.” Word. God damn is right. What the hell is going on with my skin? My period isn’t here and it’s not coming anytime soon so this is a conundrum.
Maybe they were right – what you put out into the universe is what you become. I have declared that I am a unicorn so perhaps these three pimples have decided to appear on my forehead with plans to converge into one and become a big ass horn.
Seriously though, I did what most women would do when they see pimples on their face, I attempted to pop them. These bumps didn’t have respective heads though so I did the second thing that women do when they see pimples, applied toothpaste. I then squeezed some toothpaste on my toothbrush and got to brushing. As I stood there – in the mirror – with my rachet music on (Saturday morning turn up, everyone needs it), I thought about what I had in the house that could possibly help me – BOOM! An apple cider vinegar (better known as ACV) and bentonite clay mask!
I spat that toothpaste out and proceeded to walk into my kitchen to gather the ingredients & things that I would need to whip up my mixture –> a tablespoon, something to mix the ingredients together in, and the ingredients – ACV & bentonite clay powder.
So what is Bentonite clay powder you may be asking? It’s a dope ass detoxifying mineral clay. When combined with other ingredients (such as the ACV that I chose to use, or Greek plain yogurt) it can be used to create a face mask, hair cleansing mud mask, clean teething, detoxifying bath, shaving soap, and to sooth eczema – to name a few.
Now onto the ACV, I didn’t have the fan favorite, Braggs Organic ACV, so I went with the Heinz brand ACV in my pantry.
I put one heaping tablespoon of bentonite clay powder into a red Solo cup and added three capfuls of ACV.
This combination is perfect for me as I have a small face. You may chose to combine two heaping tablespoons and six capfuls to be on the safe side. My mixture gave me the perfect putty mixture (which is what I wanted as it allows for easy application.).
I applied it (with a spoon) all over my face (avoiding my eyes and mouth) and allowed the mask to sit on my face until it hardened (for about 20 – 25 minutes). I then removed the DIY mask with the assistance of warm water and a washcloth.
The results – while the pimple trifecta didn’t disappear the way I hoped it would’ve, I did notice that the pimples weren’t as pronounced as they were before I applied the mask. In addition to that, I noticed that every single blackhead on my nose was gone (HOLLA!). As if that wasn’t enough my skin had a beautiful glow. This mask is CRAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!
So while I didn’t wake up “flawless”, I woke up (reason enough to be happy) and used my home remedies to get my skin back to “flawless” status. What the mask didn’t fix my favorite concealer did, Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Concealer. –> http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-concealer-P242203?skuId=1183516&om_mmc=ppc-GG&mkwid=Ub65obNC&pcrid=41451883959&pdv=c&site=us_search&country_switch=us&lang=en
So raid your pantries and get to work ladies (and gents)! If you’re not sure where to purchase the clay powder, try The Vitamin Shoppe: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/search/controller?N=0&Ntk=SiteSearch&Ntt=bentonite+clay+powder&Nty=1&D=bentonite+clay+powder&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Dx=mode+matchall&cm_sp=typeahead-_-3|bent-_-kw|bentonite+clay+powder
Until next time friends!