Have you tried who said the use of bentonite clay in cosmetics? Bentonite clay purifies pores, and says Peppa de Souza, an aesthetician in Beverly Hills, “we are now very aware of the negative effects of pollution and free radicals on the skin.” Bentonite clay has the power to cleanse pores. When placed in a liquid, it acts like a magnet and a sponge, sticking in and absorbing positively charged impurities (think heavy metals, excess oil, bacteria, etc.)
Simply put, it pulls pollutants and deposits out of the skin, says de Souza. Bentonite clay isn’t the only detoxifier that deserves a spot in your beauty routine
Notice the many impressive benefits of this mineral-rich ingredient your face, body and hair will thank you!
Bentonite clay benefits
Bentonite clay absorbs excess oils
One of the biggest myths about oily skin is that you should use harsh or alcohol-based products to dry it out. This is simply not true! When you shy away from using natural oils, your skin overproduces to compensate. Instead, what you’ll want to look for are natural ingredients that help balance lipid levels, such as bentonite clay. “This super-absorbent, plump clay has unparalleled capabilities,” says Alexandra Wagner, an esthetician in Los Angeles. This makes it excellent for oily skin. Other skin types such as dry, sensitive, and older skin should choose a lighter clay, such as French Pink and Kaolin White. Looking for a do-it-yourself facial treatment to combat oil and shine? In a non-reactive bowl (wood, plastic or glass), combine equal parts bentonite and apple cider vinegar. Apply the mask evenly to the skin, leave it for 20-30 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water
It doesn’t clear the pores on your face, but the whole body! Do you like to get rid of stress? Why not detox, too? By adding 1-2 cups of bentonite clay powder to your bath, you can transform it from a relaxing ritual into one that detoxifies, reduces swelling, and calms inflammation. Need more reasons to make shower time a part of your routine? Science suggests that taking a bath may be as good for you as walking
This mineral-rich clay does more than get rid of impurities. After bentonite clay does its job of removing toxins, it infuses minerals into the skin, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and silicon. You can reap the benefits of mineral recovery with a full-body mask or bath. Hint: This can get messy, so prepare well ahead of time.
“The bentonite granules provide extra cleaning by sloughing off dead skin cells,” says de Souza. Unlike harsh exfoliation that can damage the skin, this fine powder gently exfoliates flaky, dry skin, leaving your skin feeling softer, smoother and healthier. For a (do it yourself) facial scrub, mix bentonite clay powder with some water or rose water until it forms a thick paste. Using your fingers, gently massage in circular motions. Then I rinse with lukewarm water.
One of the most common applications of bentonite is its use as a natural alternative to store-bought blemish treatments. According to the Mayo Clinic, the four main causes of acne are oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores and bacteria. Bentonite cures them all. Remember its ability to absorb (magnet-like)? When mixed with water and used as a face mask or spot treatment, bentonite draws excess sebum and bacteria from the skin. Its mild exfoliating effect helps remove dead skin cells or open pores.
Treats Eczema, Psoriasis, and Dermatitis
Bentonite has been used (internally and externally) as a traditional healing method for centuries. One of its applications is a topical treatment for skin irritation and rashes. I think: Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, poison ivy, insect bites. Not only does it pull fungi and bacteria from the skin, but studies have shown that bentonite can act as a topical antibiotic, helping to calm skin infection, calm inflammation, and speed healing. Try bentonite-soaked water or a clay pack.
Mud in your hair? Just listen to us. Bentonite clay benefits your scalp and hair strand as much as it does your skin. It purifies, detoxifies, removes product buildup, removes excess oil, and leaves hair super clean. Here’s how to do it: Combine bentonite clay powder, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils (like rosemary and lavender) until the consistency is like yogurt. Divide the hair into sections and apply the mixture liberally. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes (just don’t let it get hard) and rinse well.
Are you looking for a natural alternative to traditional deodorant? Try making your own mixture of bentonite clay, coconut oil, aloe vera, baking soda, arrowroot flour, and essential oils. Bentonite absorbs moisture and removes odor-causing bacteria. Coconut oil nourishes sensitive underarm skin, while arrowroot powder helps control sweating and baking soda neutralizes the pH