How Does Calcium Bentonite Clay Differ from Other Clays?

One of the most common forms of green clay is Bentonite, a clay from the smectite group. It contains substantial amounts of magnesium and a wide variety of trace minerals. Through its natural evolution, bentonite (as well as montmorillonite) also selectively adsorbs a variety of organic material. Echolife’s Calcium Bentonite (Montmorillonite) clay is pH balanced (acid/alkaline ratio).

No two clays are completely alike, even if they are mined in the same area. Our clay is from an underground mine in the beautiful Death Valley/Mojave Desert area of California where it has been protected from the elements for thousands of years. It is finely milled and perfect for adding purified or a good quality still mineral water (hydrating) to make a ‘gel’ or ‘paste’ for face or body applications. Continue reading

Skin health: why pH is crucial

If there was a formula for healthy and glowing skin, you could say its pH plays a crucial role. Our skin maintains a delicate acid balance (which typically ranges from pH 4.5 to 6) that keeps it looking fresh and hydrated, as well as discourages the growth of bacteria – including bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. However most products we use on our skin are very alkaline, which disrupts our skin’s pH and can strip its beneficial acid mantle.

What then? Our skin has to work harder to balance its pH – it can take an astounding 8 hours for the skin to lower its pH back to an ideal 5.5. And if bombarded day after day with highly alkaline skin care products, our skin can become irritated, uneven, or show signs of premature ageing.

As most commercial soaps have a pH of 9 or more, ditching the soap to cleanse the skin with an all natural alternative is a good place to start.

pH-friendly skin cleansing routine

You can use some surprising all natural products to cleanse your skin instead of soap.

Milk: you can tailor the fat content to your skin type (skim for oily, full fat for dry or sensitive). Click here for full instructions on how to cleanse your skin with milk. Don’t use milk to clean the skin in the eye area.

Apple juice: slightly astringent, it makes a good toner and helps shrink pores too. Click here for an apple and lemon toner recipe. Be careful not to go near your eyes.

Cucumber juice: cooling and safe to remove eye make-up. It really does work to put slices on your eyes to relax, tone your skin and reduce puffiness!

Aloe vera gel: aloe vera absorbs quickly into the skin and brings it essential nutrients. It can also be used as an all natural moisturiser.  Click here for instructions on how to cleanse your skin with aloe vera gel.

Hydrated green clay: green clay makes for a fantastic all natural cleanser – it gently detoxes the skin by drawing out impurities without altering the skin’s ideal pH.

Honey: pure honey not only smells delicious during application and leaves your skin smelling sweet, but it is antibacterial and very moisturising. You can rinse it off straight away or leave it on for longer as a face masque. Recipe for a milk and honey facial scrub anyone?

And remember: gentle mechanical action – pressing and rubbing with your fingers – or the use of organic cotton pads or cotton balls is more than adequate to encourage make-up or grime off your skin (no vigorous scrubbing please!).

Beautify Your Skin With Rose Hip Oil

rosehipRose hips are the round seed pod left after the rose petals fall off after flowering. Rose Hip oil is a nourishing oil that helps rejuvenate the skin, improve fine lines, and maintain young fresh looking skin.

A rich array of nutrients, including Vitamin C (a powerful anti-oxidant and necessary for collagen formation) and unsaturated essential fatty acids, makes Rose Hip oil one of the most popular rejuvenating skin care treatments available today.

The benefits of using Rose Hip Oil:

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • May be used once or twice daily without clogging the pores
  • Intensive skin rehydration, particularly for very dry skin
  • Moisturisers mature and ageing skin
  • Gentle for delicate under-eye and lip moisturising
  • Rose Hip Oil helps reduce the signs of sun-damage
  • May help reduce scarring from acne, surgery or injuries
  • May help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • May reduce dark skin patches and pigmentation
  • Helps repair damaged skin cells
  • Helps prevent broken capillaries

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How To: Clay Masks and Wraps

Who doesn’t like a bit of pampering?  How about some affordable but luxurious, do it yourself pampering?

Clay face masks and body wraps are just the ticket: wonderful and inexpensive ways to deeply cleanse the body, while improving the tone and texture of the skin.

You need a good quality clay, ideally a swelling clay as they are especially suited to drawing out toxins and impurities – and you can add some natural ingredients for greater enhanced benefits to the skin.

Why face or body masks?  In addition to a gentle daily cleanse, a  deep-cleansing treatment once to twice weekly is necessary to maintain glowing and healthy skin.  It can help remove lingering impurities, tighten the skin and shrink pores.  A clay face or body mask also stimulates circulation and brings blood to the surface of the skin, and with it nutrients and oxygen: everything the skin needs to keep that healthy glow!

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