If you’ve had your ear to the ground in the beauty world, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about bentonite clay as a skin care treatment.
Bentonite clay is derived from 60 million-year-old volcanic ash that was originally layered in sea water. Pretty cool, right?
Bentonite clay is one of the most highly absorbent materials in the world, even more so than silica gel—you know—those little packets that you find in the box when you buy shoes? It can absorb 7 to 10 times its own weight in water.
This ultra-absorbing power makes bentonite clay one very powerful ingredient that can be used to enhance your life in quite a few ways. Keep reading to find out how I love using bentonite clay!
The benefits of bentonite clay
Yep, those absorbent powers have valuable benefits for you because they don’t just soak up moisture, but also toxins. Externally, you can use bentonite clay for anything from bruises to bee stings and from scrapes to skin care.
Internally, bentonite clay that is in contact with water alters and creates negatively charged molecules. Most of the toxins in your body are positively charged. Result? Since opposites attract—in molecules and in life—the clay will bind to the positive toxins and absorb it, eventually flushing it through your intestinal tract and, well, out.
Interestingly, a study at the University of Arizona showed that the use of certain varieties of bentonite clay was found to be effective in treating infections such as MRSA (wow), E.Coli and others. While more research is needed, if it can be developed this way, it might invite the possibility of avoiding long-term use of antibiotics and the resistance that ultimately develops.
Healthy ways to use bentonite clay
1. A DIY Acne Mask—because of its absolutely incredible absorption properties, bentonite clay makes a great facial mask to help clear acne prone skin. We have a wonderful recipe for a DIY acne mask featuring bentonite clay. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes and then rinse it off. The clay will help to absorb excess oils, dirt and toxins. You can repeat this several times a week to clear and heal your oily skin and blemishes.
2. Hair and Scalp Detox—When bentonite clay mixes with fluid, its electrical components actually change, giving the clay an incredible ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite clay is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and even chemicals, making it a good choice for use on your skin and hair. Check out our easy hair and scalp detox mask that will transform your unruly strands into gorgeous tresses!
3. Detox Bath—adding ½ cup of bentonite clay powder in your bath will help draw toxins to the surface of your skin and out of your body. Just make sure you drink plenty of liquids after your bath, to rehydrate your body. If you’re interested in other detoxifying bath recipes, check out this simple DIY Epsom salt detox bath recipe.
4. Anti-itch Cream—Ease itchy mosquito bites with bentonite clay. Make a paste with bentonite clay and water and apply to the bites for instant relief from the itch. This concoction also works great for itch associated with poison ivy or minor burns. Check out this easy anti-itch cream you can make at home courtesy of Live Simply.
5. Internal Detox—Adding ½ a teaspoon of bentonite clay powder in a glass of water will do the trick but remember to check in with your doctor if you are on medications, to ensure they aren’t affected (typically, you will be told to wait two hours after taking medication) and wait an hour after your detox drink before eating again, so that your intestines have the time they need to work with the clay.
6. Digestion Reboot—If you suffer from acid reflux, bloating, or gas, the internal detox, above, can help bring the bacteria in your stomach and intestines, which cause these problems, to come back into balance.
7. Baby PowderYour baby’s diaper rash is the result of too much moisture, and bacteria, remaining on the surface of the skin. Using bentonite clay powder to absorb some of the moisture and toxins helps heal baby’s skin faster. Just be sure that baby doesn’t inhale it.
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