10.20.17 PM Skin

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10.20.17 PM Skin

I received the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask in a PLAY! by Sephora box a few months ago and just tried it for the first time tonight. It has two kind of charcoal and kaolin clay aaannnddd… it’s a just charcoal mask, I would never spend 40.00 to buy the full size.

It had a menthol-y feel so I wanted to find out what was giving it the tingle. I didn’t figure it out exactly, but I did fall down a pretty cool ingredient rabbit hole!

The mask has Epilobium Angustifolium (Fireweed in North America) and this plant is an anti-inflammatory and was used by the Native Americans to draw pus out of wounds! It can be made into tea and is described as having a spice flavor (that night account for the tingle?).

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding

Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Stratia Liquid Gold

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Simple Beauty – Benonite Clay

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


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Benonite clay is made from volcanic ash and contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium and calcium. Benonite clay is very common in face masks, it can also be bought as a plain powder and mixed into a mask by adding water. For the skin, benonite clay can draw out impurities, minimize the appearance of pores, remove dead skin cells, soften the skin, and reduce inflammation. Besides all of the benefits for complexion, benonite clay can be used to sooth burns, bug bites, and rashes. There are also quite a few unique uses of benonite; the clay can be used as a mattifying face powder – it does mattify, but my face looked dull and cakey. You could mix some in with your toothpaste to amp up your oral health – I tried this too, but I didn’t really notice anything amazing. According to the internet, benonite clay can also be ingested for a whole variety of  digestive benefits – I haven’t tried this and I’m not sure I will, let me know if you have!

I really like to use benonite clay as a clarifying face mask once week or two. If my skin is very congested, a benonite mask does a great job of drawing out the gunk on a budget! When my skin is breaking out, I really like to use May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver, but I can’t bring myself to use it too frequently because it’s like liquid gold. The morning after a simple clay mask I have a great skin day – my skin feels softer, my pores look tighter, redness is reduced, and post acne marks smaller – there is noticeable improvement in my skin. Some people mix benonite with apple cider vinegar, but I don’t because ACV is too acidic for my liking. Have you tried one of the more unique uses of benonite clay? Let me know, I might try a benonite hair mask on one of my more adventurous days!