Bentonite Clay is one of most popular clays and comes from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments here in the United States. Bentonite clay has been traditionally used to assist in mineral deficiencies, and to help bind toxins making them more soluble. Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack, or in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color, and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect.
What Does it Do?
Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.
Clay minerals typically form over long periods of time from the gradual chemical weathering of rocks, usually silicate-bearing, by low concentrations of carbonic acid and other diluted solvents.
Bentonite clay also called Montmorillonite, is a very popular healing clay that also cleanses the body. This clay is made from minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium, formed from volcanic ash. The name of the clay (bentonite) comes from the biggest deposit of Bentonite clay that is located in Fort Benton, Wyoming.
Adding water to the clay gives it a negative electric charge, which in turn, removes toxins from the body. It works both externally and internally.
Clay works both internally and topically to help detox and clarify. If you desire clear, fresh and vital skin, here are a few reasons why you should try a bentonite clay face mask!
Clay unclogs the skin pores and shrinks them
Whether you have oily skin or not, your pores will undoubtedly become clogged at some point. Shrinking the size of your pores can help tremendously with keeping your face clean and blemishes as bay. Make a mask from clay using enough water and clay to make a paste along with a little lime juice. Apply to your face and neck and leave it on for about thirty minutes. You will feel your face tighten slightly as the mask dries. Rinse with warm tap water and pat dry with a clean towel. Repeat this twice a week to reduce the size of your pores and leave your skin feeling vital and fresh.
Clay helps control the overproduction of sebum
Too much oil on the skin, abnormal shedding of dead skin cells and excess bacteria generally results in acne. You may also be prone to outbreaks if you take certain medication, produce too much sebum (a natural oil) or have a family history of acne. Blackheads or whiteheads are produced due to an excess of sebum, which cause blocks within the hair follicles on the skin. Oily skin with too much sebum encourages the production of bacteria which irritates the skin. This can result in acne.
To keep your skin soft, supple and blemish-free, use a dab of clay mixed with water directly on blemishes. Leave on overnight and repeat until blemish is gone.
Clay draws out the toxins from the skin
Bentonite clay has a very strong negative electrical charge. Since many toxins have a positive charge, the clay bonds to them. When it comes in contact with a toxin, heavy metal, chemical, or other impurity, the clay will gobble up the toxin and release its minerals for the body to use. In addition, Bentonite clay also pulls hydrogen from cells, allowing room for oxygen. This helps with circulation, and overall skin tone and health.
Clay makes skin softer
Bentonite clay is loaded with silica, a trace mineral that strengthens connective tissue including muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. In addition, it makes your skin super soft. Silica is the most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust and is the name for the chemical compound silicon dioxide. Glass, quartz, and sand are all comprised of oxygen and silicon. Using bentonite clay on your skin means you reap all of its benefits as it is readily absorbed. If you want more of its benefits, eat foods high in this mineral including garbanzo beans, cucumbers, mangos, asparagus, leeks, green beans, strawberries, and celery.
Clay gives a definite glow to your face
Bentonite clay conditions and nourishes one’s skin by removing the dead cells and also extracting the extra oils and impurities from the surface of the skin. For a “glow” you should apply the clay mask regularly.
Be sure to clean your face with water first and then apply the mixture of clay and water and a few drops of tea tree essential oil, to the face. Keep the mask for five minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. The aftermath of this is an instant glow on the face. Many use the mask just a few times a week or once a week and have great results.
Exfoliating is a very important part of any skincare regime. It not only removes dead cells but also unclogs the dirt and oil in your pores that can cause breakouts. Although you can find many exfoliating products in the store, they often contain harsh ingredients. These ingredients include plastics, irritating fragrances, glycerin, parabens, phthalates and other questionable substances.
To make a powerful and natural exfoliating scrub, simply mix the bentonite clay with a little apple cider vinegar and make a thick paste. Rub the paste in a circular motion over your face and neck and rinse with warm water. For added exfoliating power, add a teaspoon of coffee grounds. Follow up exfoliation with a light layer of moisturizing.
Clay helps reduce the appearance of scars
If you are one of the millions who suffer from acne, you not only have to deal with the acne itself but also the scars that remain from it. The use of bentonite clay is one among the few effective home remedies to remove the scar tissues. As mentioned, this clay helps to remove toxins from your pores, allows skin to heal and reduces inflammation.
Bentonite clay helps in the lightening of acne marks on the face. Bentonite clay helps one to get rid of scar tissues and stretch marks easily and effectively. Acne scars often result in red color on the face. Clay can help heal the skin and reduce inflammation and redness.
Clay is safe for all skin types
Bentonite clay is very effective and beneficial for skin and safe, no matter how old you are. Bentonite clay is suitable for all types such as normal, oily or acne-prone skin. As mentioned, clay is packed with useful minerals and it will help detoxify while nourishing your skin.
Clay can be used to regenerate skin tissue
Bentonite clay can be used to rebuild damaged skin tissue. Activated bentonite clay assists in healing and regenerating skin tissue. The clay also helps to rejuvenate skin naturally and reduce fine lines and wrinkles while fighting bacteria and infection.
To make a healing pack, mix bentonite clay powder or baking soda and oatmeal with water and an anti-infection herb (such as garlic, thyme, or calendula) or use an herbal tincture.
For bites, stings and burns, make a poultice using a thick layer of clay on your skin covered with a wet gauze cloth. Leave the cloth on the affected area for about 2 hours and change it out until you experience relief.
Clay gives you an even skin tone
During one’s childhood, one has almost perfect skin with an even tone. But as the time passes, skin damages from common problems such as sun exposure, discoloration of the skin and acne breakouts with most of us ending up with uneven skin tone and skin discoloration on your face.
Although it is not possible to completely recover the baby like skin, by applying bentonite clay on the face you can attain a younger look and improve your skin texture and tone. Dead skin cells, developed over time on the skin surface, give your skin an uneven tone and aged look. By exfoliating your skin you can eliminate such dead skin cells so that newer, younger skin can grow through to give your skin complexion a revitalized.
Clay can be used in place of toxic face powder
Bentonite clay can even be used instead of face powder. Free from any damaging ingredients, clay is a safe, non-toxic cosmetic staple that every woman should have.
How to Use Bentonite Clay?
Important Notes: Do not let healing clays like Bentonite come in to contact with anything metal, as this will reduce the effectiveness. You can mix it with water in a glass jar with a plastic lid by shaking well or using a plastic whisk.
How Often Should You Use The Bentonite Clay Mask?
You can apply the mask 1 or 2x a week for 20-30 minutes. Many use the mask just a few times a week or once a week and have great results. But, if it’s your first time applying a bentonite clay mask, You should start out with doing it once a week and see how your skin responds, as it is quite powerful and this way you can work your way up to using it daily!
Ingredients/What You’ll Need:
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay.
- 1 teaspoon water or apple cider vinegar.
- Optional: a cup or bowl and a spoon to mix them
*If you use a spoon to mix them, make sure it isn’t metal because this causes metals to leach from the spoon into the clay, making the clay not as effective.
1. Take about 1 teaspoon of the bentonite clay powder and about 1 teaspoon of water or apple cider vinegar (ACV) and put it in a bowl or cup.
Note: You can use water or ACV as a liquid for the mask. The ACV tends to make the mask a little more powerful/harsh on your skin, so if you have sensitive skin you may want to use water.
2. Mix the two ingredients well, until it forms a paste consistency. You can add a little more water or a little more powder, if the consistency doesn’t seem like it will easily spread on your face.
3. Apply the bentonite clay mask to your face. Some people also spread it down their neck and upper chest, too. Yu can use fingers, but a cotton ball or cosmetic sponge also works great.
4. Leave the mask on for about 20 to 30 minutes. As the mask dries, your face will start to feel tight.
5. Rinse off the mask using just water. You may have to gently scrub a little with your fingers to get it off. It tends to try to stick to your skin.
After you rinse the mask off, your skin may look a little pink for a few minutes. This usually happens to everyone after using the mask because the clay increases blood flow to your face as it pulls out toxins.
For Those With Sensitive Skin:
If you have sensitive skin, apply a thinner layer and leave the mask on for a shorter time. Then increase the frequency and how long you leave it on depending on how your skin feels.
How to Make a Bentonite Clay Hair Mask?
You can make a bentonite clay hair mask for application in your bathroom. Basically, you’re putting mud in your hair.
You’ll need to purchase the following ingredients to make your bentonite clay hair mask. In addition to the bentonite clay, the other ingredients will each provide their own special properties for helping to detox hair and scalp, and to leave your hair feeling soft and smooth.
- 3/4 cup sodium bentonite clay
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of brewed herbal tea—or—water
- plastic bowl to hold the ingredients
- plastic spoon to mix up the ingredients
- a towel
- a plastic storage container with lid.
To make up your bentonite clay hair mask, follow these steps.
- Brew the herbal tea if you’ve chosen to use it.
- Strain out the herbs, just leaving the liquid.
- Pour your tea and apple cider vinegar into a blender, food processor, or plastic bowl.
- Add the bentonite clay to the bowl a tablespoon at a time.
- Blend or whisk after each addition of clay to the bowl.
- Mix up the clay until it is a smooth consistency, much like yogurt.
- The consistency should be easy to smooth on the scalp, but not be runny.
How to Apply Bentonite Clay to Hair
Follow these steps to receive the best benefits of your bentonite clay hair mask.
- In shower, wet hair with warm water.
- Begin at the roots.
- Massage a handful of the clay mixture into your hair.
- Work your way from roots to the hair tips.
- Ensure all the strands are coated.
- Time it for five minutes.
- You can leave the clay on your hair for up to twenty minutes, however, do not allow the clay to dry! It will be too difficult to remove.
- When the time is up, rinse out your hair with warm water.
- Ensure all the clay has been washed from your hair and skin.
- Place towel on head.
- Style hair as usual.
Optional Hair Rinse
- Rinse out all bentonite clay from your hair first.
- Rinse your hair with one cup of herbal tea and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.