Are you tired of overpriced creams and scrubs that provide little to no results? Or are you a budget buyer when scouring the beauty isle for the cure-all of facial treatments? Are you a risk taker, willing to experiment with new fad regimens? If so, go to the pet department and get yourself a bag of bentonite-based cat litter.
Twenty-five-year-old Michelle Phan, from Boston Massachusetts audaciously suggests on her YouTube beauty tutorial using cat litter on your face, touting its unexpected benefits. This self-proclaimed online beauty expert says it will shrink facial pores, prevent acne, help with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (discoloration), draw out toxins, and will leave skin feeling softer than ever. If used for cosmetic purposes only, the annual savings of using cat litter in lieu of more expensive products is significant, as a single bag could easily last the user a year.
Phan does caution against using scented litter brands as the harmful additives may cause irritation to sensitive skin. Cat litter producers don’t assume you’re going to use the product as a facial mud mask.
Phan spoons out a couple of tablespoons of litter into a small bowl, adds squirts of water and natural Aloe Vera, thoroughly stirs the amalgamation into a mud mask, and microwaves it for 20 seconds. You want the mixture warm not hot to aid in pore reduction. She only applies the watery component of the “mask” to her face, no the crystal or pellet particles, and avoids the sensitive areas around the eyes. The concoction is left to dry for 15 minutes and then gently cleansed away using warm water. She ends her segment with describing the condition of her complexion and urges moisturizing.
Allegedly the bentonite (montmorillonite) clay composition of litter is the same main ingredient found in most purifying masks and body wraps. Bentonite typically forms from weathering of volcanic ash. There are different types of bentonite, each named after the respective dominant element such as potassium (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and aluminum (Al). Bentonite is used in cement, adhesives, ceramics, and cat litter because it is highly-absorbent. Variants of bentonite can also be taken for digestive upset.
This is certainly one of the more unique tutorials found on Youtube.
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