Homemade 'Cat Litter' Mask for All Skin Types

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Did you know that the ingredient found in many luxurious clay masks can 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.

The 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.

Kitty Litter vs. Clay Mask Brands

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. You can buy it from Amazon.com for under $10. You can also buy Crazy Cat Lady Gritty Kitty Purrifying Litter Mask w/ Bentonite Clay from Amazon.

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.

Buy the Right Kitty Litter

You can't use just any kitty litter. You don't want any scents or added chemicals on your skin.

Buy a kitty litter that contains only sodium bentonite clay. No scents. No silicas. Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter is an excellent bet. You can buy a large bag at Amazon.com 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. .

How to Make Your Kitty Litter Mask

This mask is recommended for oily, acne-prone and combination skin. It's too drying for dry skin.

  1. Put a couple tablespoons in a glass bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Mix together until a somewhat granular and clumpy paste forms. I like to use my fingers to combine the clay and the water.
  2. At this point, stir in desired extras (such as a teaspoon of aloe vera if you want to soothe your skin, essential oils for healing properties and scent, or a teaspoon of oil -- jojoba, olive, coconut all work well for skin that can dry out).
  3. Microwave the mask for 10 to 15 seconds, if desired.
  4. 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.
  1. Let your mask dry for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse with warm water.
  3. Slather on moisturizer.

Other Uses for a Kitty Litter Mask

Mix with a few drops of water and apply to bug bites or eczema. 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.