What is Bentonite Clay ? How does it work ?
Bentonite clay, also known as Montmorillonite clay, is a clay that is made of volcanic ash. It contains ingredients such as Iron, Potassium, Silica, Sodium and Calcium. The largest known source of Bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming. Where a large number of volcanoes are present. Thus the name ‘Benton’ite stems, and where today much of the supply is still harvested.
For centuries people around the world have been using this clay to promote better health and guard against diseases. It’s used for digestion issues like acid reflux, indigestion, constipation, bloating, gas and allergies. And externally for skin irritations, insect bites and minor cuts. The clay speeds up the healing process, and draws out the toxins from bug bites. More recently, however, you can learn about people using it for skincare benefits as well. Which is my personal favorite. Bentonite clay is unlike any other clay because of its ability~when combined with a liquid~to produce an electrical charge. This charge gives the clay its ability to adhere to and absorb toxins, drawing them out of your skin and body.
Every day we come in contact with toxins. Whether they’re in the air we breathe or the foods we eat, they are all around us. And this clay helps our skin/body expell them. The pores on our face get clogged with sebum. And excess sebum production is the MAJOR cause of acne. The excess sebum gets trapped in our pores creating a conductive environment for the bacteria to thrive. The bacteria causes inflammation, which results in pimples and blackheads. But the Bentonite draws out all this ‘gunk’! So naturally creating a facial mask out of this clay to deep clean your pores is a no brainer. And in todays market of skincare there are tons of them out there. There are some really good ones too. There are expensive ones and not so expensive ones. But for me, creating one that consists of ingredients you can actually pronounce is a plus. Also, you know exactly what you’re putting on your face.
There are many different ingredients you can mix with Bentonite to make a good clay mask. One of the ingredients in the clay mask that I make is Essential Oil. There are many different essential oils out on the market and a lot of them are very beneficial when it comes to skincare. I use Peppermint and Eucalyptus oil. The great thing about this mask is it’s customizable. So you can put ingredients in it that target a specefic skin need or to cater to your skin type, i.e. Oily, Dry, Sensitive.The recipe I’m going to share with you in today’s blog is one that has been called the ‘dupe’ for the Glam Glow SuperMud. I found it on Pinterest, but have seen it all over the internet. It’s a great mask and I love it because it works great for my oily/combination skin.
Other Skincare Benefits:
So I’ve already explained that this clay is great for cleaning out your pores but here’s some other skincare benefits you might not have known it had.
It tones, tightens, and shrinks pores. Bentonite has astringent properties giving it the ability to shrink body tissue. This is very beneficial for people with large pores🙋🏽. Enlarged pores are caused by the accumulation of oils and dirt in the skin, age(loss of elasticity) and sun damage. This mask will reduce the appearance of large pores, making your skin look younger. This clay not only clears toxins out of your pores but it removes dead skin. This causes your pores to shrink and skin to tighten(not in the bad way) once you’ve washed it off.
If you mix it in your bath water. It will have the same effect on your body. Leaving it soft and smooth with a glowy finish.
Lastly, you can use it in your hair. As a cleanser, it will bind to the dirt and oil, acting as a cleansing agent and remove build up. It’s also great as conditioner/moisturizer. All the minerals and nutrients in it nourish your hair. I hope after reading this post you will give Bentonite Clay a try. It’s an all natural product sourced here in the United States and can be found in your local vitamin stores, on Amazon or on walmart.com, which is where I purchased mine from.
BENTONITE CLAY MASK RECIPE
~ 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil(Liquid or melted)
~1/4 Cup Bentonite Clay
~ 8 Capsules Charcoal(Opened)
~ 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera(Fresh or 99.9% Gel)
~ 4 oz. Seeped Chamomile Tea (Strong-4 bags)
~ 2~4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
~ 2~4 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Here are the ingredients you will need. First thing you will need to do is boil the water then add the tea bags and set aside. Then in another cup put your aloe, coconut oil, essential oils and also set aside. Next put the clay and charcoal in a non-metal bowl.
And no matter how hard you try, you will make a mess getting the charcoal capsules seperated!😩 Once you’re done with that mix the two really well. You’re going to see little black ‘beads’ of charcoal.
Just press on them with your mixing utencil and they will seperate.
Then once you have it mixed well, you can begin to add your liquids. This is when the magic starts to happen…🌋🌋🌋🌋 As I stated earlier, once the volcanic ash part of this clay is mixed with a liquid, you begin to see its elemental properties start to change. And production of electrical charges begin bubbling up within the mixture. Like a mini volcano…so cool !
It’s hard to see in this pic but you will see it happening when you add the liquids.
Next just start mixing and stirring it up. It’s going to look and be really clumpy, but don’t worry. Just mix it until the liquid is completely gone. Again, it’s going to look very lumpy. That’s normal. Plus, I have a nifty little trick that’s going to help get all those lumps out and leave you with a smooth, whipped consistency.
Now for that trick… I use a large ziplock bag. I’m going to put the clay mixture inside it.
Then seal it up, making sure to get all the excess air out.
Then lay it on a flat surface and begin kneading it back and forth with your fingers.
Pressing on the lumps of clay until they are dissolved.
Once you have gotten all the lumps out, begin moving all of the mixture completely away from one corner. Do this by sliding your palm along the mixture and pressing lightly.
Now cut the corner of the ziplock so you can pipe the mask mixture into the contair you will keep it in. I’m using a cute little Mason Jar.
Once you have it your container, make sure you wipe the mixture off the rim of your jar, or whatevr type of container you use, so that it does not clog the threads when you try to unscrew the lid.
That’s it ! Now you have yourself a homemade $70 clay mask ! Enjoy !
*Note: Please do not mix in metal bowls or use metal utencils, as this can reduce the clays effectiveness. Also store in refrigerator when done. You can use it up to 2~3/week. Great for oily skin but gentle enough for sensitive skin.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. As always I welcome any comments or feedback.
~ Daelynn 💋