It might seem strange, but did you know that the main ingredient found in many luxurious clay masks can also be found in a simple cat litter? It's true. For mere pennies, you can create a homemade cat litter mask that rivals the $100 masks found in spas.
The secret lies in the main ingredient found in most cat litter: sodium bentonite clay. This clay is basically volcanic ash and it works in cat litter because it absorbs water, creating clumps that you can then easily pull out and throw away. It works in a similar way with face masks, the clay absorbs oils, leaving your face feeling soft and refreshed.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay
There are all sorts of claims that bentonite clay does much more than clump your cat's pee together and soften your skin. Bentonite clay is said to carry a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release its minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.
Cat Litter vs. Clay Mask
The same stuff that's in a 15-pound bag of kitty litter is what is found in Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, the most popular brand of bentonite clay on the market today. The main difference between cat litter and the clay marketed for face masks is that kitty litter is not as finely ground as the clay used for masks. The resulting paste is less thick and more watery, but the minerals will work just the same. You can grind up your kitty litter in a coffee grinder for better results.
What to Look For
When buying the ingredients to make your cat litter facial mask, it's important that you purchase the right kind of cat litter. Avoid cat litters with any scents or added chemicals. Instead, buy a kitty litter that contains only sodium bentonite clay. No scents. No silicas. Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter is an excellent choice and is available in large bags for a lifetime of clay masks. If you don't plan to use that much, put a few scoops in a plastic or glass jar (never metal, as clay will lose its potency if it comes in contact with metal), and give the rest away to a friend with an actual cat.
Cat Litter Mask
- Cat litter
- Essential oils (optional)
In a glass bowl, combine a couple of tablespoons of cat litter with water. Mix the two ingredients together until a somewhat granular and clumpy paste forms. At this point, stir in desired extras, such as a teaspoon of aloe vera to soothe your skin, essential oils for healing properties and scent, or a teaspoon of oil (jojoba, olive, and coconut all work well for skin that can dry out). Microwave the mask for 10-15 seconds, if desired.
To apply, use only the clay water, not the clay granules which can cause microscopic tears to the skin. Lightly dab the water all over your face. Apply a second layer if need be. Let your mask dry for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then finish by slathering on moisturizer.
Other Cat Litter Uses
To treat bug bites or eczema, mix cat liter with a few drops of water and apply to the affected areas. It will help stop the itching immediately. You may need to cover with gauze, a Band-aid, or a pad to keep the clay from rubbing off.