What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay consists of aged volcanic ash also known as “Montmorillonite.” The name comes from the largest known deposit of bentonite clay located in Fort Benton, Montana. It is an odorless grey/cream color with an almost soft, very fine consistency. It doesn’t stain and is easy to work with in beauty and natural beauty care recipes.
It has a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium. It also absorbs and removes toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals! Because of this, bentonite clay is a common ingredient in detox and cleansing products. Common external uses include poultices, mud packs, detox baths, and skin care recipes. Some people use it internally because of its alkalizing effect on the body! When taken correctly, it can help balance gut bacteria, which is vital to overall health!
Bentonite Clay Benefit #1: Unclogs & Shrinks Pores
Whether you have oily skin or dry, your pores will undoubtedly become clogged at some point. Shrinking the size of your pores can help tremendously with keeping your face clean and keeping blemishes away. Bentonite clay literally sucks out the bad stuff from deep within the skin pores. It become naturally absorbent when mixed with water which activates it. It pushes out grime, dead cells, germs, pollution, excess sebum, dirt and other nasty chemicals from deep within!
Bentonite Clay Benefit #2: Detoxifies Skin
The great thing about Natural Clays for Skin is that they all have powerful detoxifying abilities. Bentonite clay helps detoxify the body from the inside as well as the outside! When you apply it as a paste on your skin, the negatively charged ions in it attracts the positively charged ions found in toxins and impurities on skin. The grime and bad stuff gets stuck to the clay, which then gets washed off when you rinse your face. PRETTY AMAZING!
Bentonite Clay Benefit #3: Reduces Oily Skin
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 blockages 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. Bentonite clay sucks out stale sebum and excess oils within the skin and on its surface. It also diminishes large pores which reduces the amount of sebum secreted onto the skin.
Bentonite Clay Benefit #4: Soothes Inflamed & Itchy Skin
Skin rashes, allergic reactions, bug bites and any other skin irritation can be soothed by applying a bentonite clay paste. You can also add 1 cup bentonite clay with 1 cup colloidal oatmeal into your warm bath for relief. Eczema and Psoriasis can be soothed when a clay mixture is applied on the affected skin. It provides immediate relief from itching. Most fungi infections that contribute to these skin conditions carry positive charges. Hydrated Bentonite clay is negatively charged and will attract and draw out the fungus infections helping to clear the conditions. It’s antibiotic properties when applied externally help to calm the itchiness and speed up the healing time of open wounds by building up new tissue.
Bentonite Clay Benefit #5: Regenerates Skin Tissue
Bentonite clay can be used to rebuild damaged skin tissue. Once activated, it 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. When mixed with other skin regenerating ingredients like aloe vera gel and geranium essential oil, you will achieve healthy glowing skin!
In closing I wanted to tell you how excited I am to announce that I have started making my own non toxic skincare line, and a clay mask is one of the items I now offer! 😊You can purchase all of my items here! I am always available to chat if you have questions or comments! Connect with me on Facebook or Email me! Thank you so much for reading and have an excellent day!