As if the idea of pampering your
feet with a clay foot mask wasn’t intriguing enough, this clay mask works overtime to give you the added benefit of detoxification while you relax!
Although typically applied to the face, using this mask on your feet can be a safe way to begin your detox regimen.
“Foot detoxification is considered by many to be one of the safest forms of detoxification” writes Max Dubinsky and Carl Dose for Gaiam Life.
Using a clay mask is great for both detoxing your internal body and exfoliating your skin.
Using clay externally works differently than using it internally. In this case, the clay pulls toxins and impurities to and through the surface of the pores of the skin. This is how the mask detoxes. It is gently exfoliating as well which is what makes the skin feel soft and silky. It also increases circulation wherever it’s applied, causing pink and in some cases red skin. However this is only temporary.
Clay foot masks can be used on all skin types, including dry and mature skin. Use a rich, lasting moisturizer after the mask to keep feet hydrated. Clay masks can be drying along with being detoxifying. We recommend raw, certified organic virgin coconut oil as a moisturizing agent.
Calcium Bentonite Clay as a Detoxing Agent
The science behind calcium bentonite clay as a detoxing agent lies in its ionic properties. Natural clay has a negative charge which is activated when the clay is hydrated. This negative charge creates a pulling effect, drawing positively charged ions to it conceptually similar to a magnet. The negative ions are actually exchanged with the positive ions, which attach to and are absorbed by the clay molecules.
In the video below, Danielle mentions the adsorptive and absorptive properties of clay. The terms adsorb and absorb refer to the reaction of the positive and negative molecules when they interact with each other. You can click here to read more about adsorption and absorption.
DIY Clay Foot Mask
This mask is perfect for a little downtime, as it requires you to kick up your feet and relax for up to 30 minutes. There are only 2 simple ingredients needed for this easy-to-make mask: powdered calcium bentonite clay and purified water. And what makes this mask so easy to make is the simple 1:1 ratio. This means you will add equal parts clay to water.
In the video, I use 3 tablespoons of powdered clay to 3 tablespoon of water. This made just enough mask to cover up to the ankle on both feet.
The clay will need to be hydrated to be activated. Drying time will depend on the thickness of your mask. The mask will be ready to remove when it begins to crack and change to a lighter gray color. Leaving it on longer does no harm, but the clay stops ‘working’ once it dries out.
Ingredients & Materials
- Powdered Calcium Bentonite Clay (I recommend using Earth’s Natural Clay Drinking Powder or Earth’s Natural Clay Bathing Powder)
- Purified Water
- Non-metal mixing bowl
- Non-metal mixing spoon
- and a good book!
- Get set up for success. Once applied to your feet, you won’t be able to walk around. Step 1 is to get everything you need within arms reach. Then, set yourself up somewhere cozy where you can kick back and relax for up to 30 minutes.
- Combine equal parts clay and water. For reference, using 3 tbsp of each will make enough mask to cover both of your feet.
- Generously spread the mask over the bottoms and tops of both feet. Get in between your toes and all the way up your ankles if you’d like.
- Use your towel to wipe off your hands and rest your feet on while you wait.
- Stay off your feet for up 30 minutes while the clay dries. This is a great chance to catch up on some reading or listen to relaxing music.
- Once dry, rinse the clay off in your shower or bath. It is safe for all septic and sewer systems.
Use this do-it-yourself clay foot mask to exfoliate your feet, do a bit of detoxifying
, and pamper yourself! For more videos about using clay for health and wellness check out our YouTube channel. Leave us a comment below in how you like the foot mask.