I was so excited when my mom bought me a packet of bentonite clay at her local farmer’s market while I was visiting for Christmas. I have read about using clay for natural beauty many times over the last few years, but I had yet to try it myself – until now!
Bentonite clay is made of volcanic ash and contains minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, among others. One particularly interesting and useful feature of bentonite clay is that when it comes into contact with liquid, it produces an electrical charge which then draws out toxins from whatever it is applied to. This allows it to detox your skin when used topically.
Since this was my first experience with bentonite clay, I wanted to keep it basic – just clay and water. Here is the recipe for a simple Bentonite Clay Face Mask.
Simple Bentonite Clay Face Mask
1 tsp bentonite clay
1 1/2 tsp water
Combine the two ingredients in a small bowl and stir into a paste.
(Do not use metal utensils when working with bentonite clay.)
Apply to freshly washed face, avoiding eyes and mouth, with fingertips.
Allow to dry for about 20 minutes.
Gently rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
Optional: Follow up with your daily facial oil or moisturizer if your skin feels dry.
This simple Bentonite Clay Face Mask can…
-wick excess sebum from your skin which is the natural oil your body produces
-shrink and tighten pores due to its astringent property
-strengthen connective tissue and soften skin because it contains silica
-draw out some toxins from the skin with its negative electrical charge
Bentonite clay has so many incredible benefits and uses externally and even internally. I’m looking forward to experimenting with it more and posting new recipes and ideas in the future.
Do you use bentonite clay? What do you do with it?