Bentonite also known as montmorillonite clay is very popular clay which is widely used in the preparation of various facial skin care products and treatments. This pampering and purifying clay is all natural which is why it is good for all types of skin especially for those who have acne prone oily skin. Bentonite clay is very beneficial in the elimination of myriad skin issues such as blemishes, black marks, blackheads, pimples, uneven complexion, sagging skin and so on. It is a non-toxic ingredient and is loaded with minerals that help nourish, rejuvenate and beautify the skin. One interesting thing about it is that when you add water in this clay it produces electric charge. Presence of charge makes bentonite an effective absorbent. This absorbing power helps remove oil, toxins and other impurities from the skin.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Face
It is helpful in acne and pimples cure.
It is good for purification of the pores.
It helps cleanse or detoxify the skin.
It also has mild exfoliation effects.
This clay is also useful in skin tightening.
It is known for its firming and toning properties.
Using this clay is a sure shot way to get soft, radiant and flawless skin naturally.
Bentonite clay is safe for all skin types.
It helps regenerate the skin tissues.
Some Points to be noted before using this clay on facial skin
It is highly reactive clay so avoid using metal bowls while preparing face mask. Use glass bowl instead. Always finish your facial treatment by applying a good toner and moisturizer. You can use witch hazel and almond oil for toning and moisturizing purpose.
Bentonite Clay Face Mask Recipes
Simple Skin Purifying Mask
Take two teaspoon of bentonite in a glass bowl. Add some water in to it to create a paste. Cleanse your facial skin with a gentle face wash. Apply the mask on your clean facial skin. Allow it to work on your skin for a few minutes and then wash your face with lukewarm water and then with cold water. This mask will purify and pamper your face.
Bentonite Clay for Acne Control
Over active oil producing glands or sebaceous glands are responsible of too much oil production and this oil attracts other pollutants and impurities. You can easily get rid of this oil and pollutants with bentonite mask which is prepared by combining two teaspoon of clay, one and a half teaspoon of baking soda, about one or two drops of tea tree essential oil and one and a half teaspoon of oatmeal. Add little quantity of water to prepare a paste. Slather this paste on your face and allow it to rest on for 25 minutes and then use cold water to rinse it off. Lastly, use your moisturizer.
Bright Spotless Skin
Use of this clay is also said to be helpful in getting spotless and glowing complexion. All you have to do is to mix it with little olive oil, few drops of lemon juice and a little quantity of water to create a smooth paste. Apply it on your clean and exfoliated face and wait for about 30 minutes before washing it off. Finish by applying a quality moisturizer.
Sensitive Oily SKin
I have found this awesome recipe from the internet. This is notably good for those who have sensitive type oily skin. To make this recipe, all you need to do is to mix two tablespoons of clay with ¾ tablespoon each of honey and acv or apple cider vinegar to form a dark creamy mixture. If your skin type is sensitive and dry then use cucumber juice and raw milk in place of apple cider vinegar. Spread it on your cleanse facial skin and wait for about 20 minutes before rinsing. A combination of clay and apple cider vinegar will help keep blemishes, acne, and blackheads at bay.
Exfoliate Your Skin with Clay
You can create your clay exfoliation recipe by mixing one tablespoon of bentonite with ground almonds, honey and water. Apply it and scrub your face using gentle circular motions. Keep this mask on for 20 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. You can also use a mask prepared by mixing equal quantity of mashed papaya, clay and apple cider vinegar. Follow the same application tips and have a well exfoliate skin naturally.
Anti aging Skin Firming Mask
Green tea is known for its anti-ageing properties when as bentonite is popular for its skin firming and tightening effects. Mix both of them together and then add some fresh aloe vera gel to this mixture. Apply the resultant mask on your face and wait until it dries. Lastly, wash your face with warm water and then with cold water. This recipe will give you tight and flawless looking skin.
For Dry and Rough Skin
To deal with a problem of dry and rough skin, mix equal parts of olive oil, bentonite and water. Mix some kosher salt in it and apply it on the problem areas. Wait for some time and then remove it with lukewarm water.
Bentonite clay for uneven skin tone
Ageing, sun exposure, skin care products and lack of skin care are some common reasons behind uneven skin tone. You can easily even out your skin complexion by applying bentonite clay mask regularly.
Skin Detoxifying Bath
Put a quarter cup of this clay to your bath and enjoy the relaxing and soothing bath.
Bentonite Clay Side effects on skin
Since, this clay is suitiable for all types of the skin however, it may cause allergic reaction like itching, irritation and redness. So, it would be always a good idea to do a skin patch test before using it as a facial mask.
Where to Buy Bentonite Clay
You can buy this clay from your nearby departmental store or supermarket. Also, you can place an online order on site like ebay and amazon.
There are many advantages of using bentonite clay in facial skin care. It is a good source of skin friendly minerals so you can use it to get flawless, firm and younger looking skin naturally.