Bentonite clay is a product composed of ash taken from volcanoes. The clay is dried in the sun, filtered. You may use it in several forms, including as facial clay masks, ointments/pastes, and hair treatments.
Bentonite clay is a pore-cleansing powerhouse. When activated with liquid, it acts like a magnet and a sponge, binding to and sopping up positively charged impurities (such as heavy metals, excess sebum, and bacteria). Simply put: It pulls pollutants and ‘sludge’ out of the skin.
This mineral-rich clay does more than eliminate impurities. After it does its job detoxifying, it infuses skin with minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and silicon.
- Balancing oil production/sebum levels
- Preventing acne blemishes
- Alleviating redness due to irritation/inflammation
- Fighting allergic reactions from irritating lotions or face washes
Create your own mask at home
Help cleanse and nourish your skin with this easy clay mask. It is great for all skin types and can be customized with your favorite essential oils. This recipe makes enough for one facial mask and should be applied to skin at least once a week for best results.
Equal parts clay and water, as well as a half part of apple cider vinegar. For a single use, you may find the following recipe is sufficient:
- 1 cup of clay
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
You can make a large batch at once so you have more of the mask on hand. Mix all ingredients until you form a paste.
Bentonite clay needs water to activate and attract toxins for elimination. Plus, the water thins out the clay a bit for easier application on your hair. If the clay is too thick to apply, you can add a bit more water until you achieve the desired consistency. For best results, use warm — not hot — water.