What is it?
Bentonite clay aka montmorillonite or living clay, can be used both internally and externally to cleanse and detoxify the body. It comes from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments. This clay contains over 70 trace minerals. It is regarded as one of the most effective and powerful healing clays to treat external and even some internal conditions. Bentonite clay has been used around the world for centuries as an important cosmetic and medicinal tool. Recently, medical research has emerged which supports the efficacy of clay, and it is now becoming increasingly popular as a rediscovered treatment for many different health and skincare conditions
Bentonite clay can be used to absorb excess oil, dirt, and toxins from the skin while simultaneously exfoliating and improving skin circulation. Bentonite clay is a detox aid which has the ability to swell and absorb toxins trapped in the body relieving symptoms of toxin build up.
How it works
” Calcium Bentonite Clay has a very strong negative ionic charge. When it comes in contact with any substance that has a positive ionic charge (such as metals, toxins, bacteria, etc.) it attracts it like a magnet, and the two become bound together. The clay both adsorbs the positive-charged ion (attaches it to its surface like VELCRO), and absorbs it as well. As the clay passes through your system, it attracts and binds the metals and toxins, which are then eliminated from the body along with the clay.
In conjunction with taking clay internally, external applications are also very effective and helpful in removing mercury. Clay baths are often used as a part of successful chelation therapy. Calcium Bentonite Clay has a uniquely strong ability to pull toxins and metals out through the pores of the skin, binding to them and removing them from the body. And unlike many other chelation methods, clay is natural, safe and much gentler to the system.”
It’s also said bentonite clay can help treat a number of things including, acne, candida and yeast problems, gingivitis, parasitic infections, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, dandruff, and hay fever. Bentonite Clay can be made into a back or compress and applied to the skin to soothe muscle damage, carpal tunnel, bruises, cuts and wounds. This clay can also detoxify the colon and is said to be one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents available. It’s like super clay right? Here’s more, when applied to the hair bentonite clay nourishes the hair follicle making hair shiny while enhancing the curl pattern. This clay is also a mild chelating product, which means it provides removal of product buildup and chemicals from hard water.
With all this being said I use bentonite clay regularly and find that it indeed works and did a mask the other day. Here’s how it went,
I had started getting what appeared to be a small rash under my right eye, I assumed it was either a heat rash from spinning class or baking in the sun in the car. Anyway it was not cute.
you could barley see it but I knew it was there and that bugged me. I went ahead and mixed up some Aztec Secret Indian healing clay I got from vitamin shoppe for around 7 bucks with some aloe vera juice. The lady at vitamin shoppe suggested I use something acidic with it instead of just plain water as it increases its detoxifying effect.
1. I took one spoonful, (I didnt use any exact measurements, I just scooped and poured till it looked right lol my home mixtresses know what I mean.) and a bit of aloe vera juice and mixed it making sure to add the powder first. Other way around and I find it makes it maaaadddd lumpy.
2-5. The first pour it was too thick and clumped up immediately so I added some more juice and slowly started stirring.
When I had the right consistency, I washed my face first to remove any excess dirt or oil that may have been there, towel blotted dry and started applying the mix. I got a little creative along the way lol. I made sure not to get too close to my eyes or on my lips and used maybe half of what I mixed. I didn’t want to waste it so I kept adding more and more layers. O_O by the end of it I had a thick ass mask of bentonite frosting weighing down my face. I went to go lay down and watch tv. Now I really wish I would have put on Chapstick before I applied the clay but it only occurred to me after, when my lips were like concrete. I tried putting on a thin layer after but the clay only absorbed that and started flaking off around that area. A good 10minutes had past and I could already feel the clay starting to tug and pull around my eyes and mouth as it dried. 30minutes in and it felt like someone had a full vacuum mask on my face! At one point it became painful and then unbearable! But I wanted to stick it out and let it dry more.
Later my bf had come in with some freshly made pancakes and I was starving. he offered me some and of course I said yes, well mumbled yes with the little bit of movement I had in my face. I went to pick up a tiny piece and tried to put it in my mouth and my face couldn’t move without feeling like the clay was about to rip my skin off!!! O_O (Lowkey, it probably was lol. ) I tried so hard and barley got it in the tiny hole which was now my mouth and finally succumbed to the pain and hunger. It had been about an hour and it needed to come off. Your supposed to let it dry completely and then wash it off gently but it was too much and only dried like 75%. Oh yea I started to crack and get desert face lol. After washing it off I was left with baby soft skin that needed lotion ASAP.
In the last shot I had wet the clay on my face when I went to wash it off and it started falling off in sheet-like chunks lol.