Why should you use a bentonite clay mask and 5 beneficial masks

I love Bentonite Clay.!! I first discovered this miraculous clay when I stopped relaxing my hair and I needed something to loosen my curls. During my youtube viewing, I ran across my first of many Bentonite Clay hair mask demos. I began using a Bentonite Clay hair mask weekly then a weekly facial detox. I find it odd that many a person has not discovered first hand the amazing results of Bentonite Clay.  

Why Bentonite Clay works?

On the skin, Bentonite clay acts as a magnet to draw dirt from pores, it absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, and kills acne-causing bacteria. For the hair, it hydrates, de-frizzes, and softens your curls. It also can be ingested to pull toxins from the body.  The clay is truly amazing and it has become the new "hot" ingredient in natural beauty.

What exactly is Bentonite Clay?

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Bentonite clay is composed of ash made from volcanos. Some green products list bentonite clay as volcano ash, so the next time you see it on a label, you'll know its bentonite clay. The largest known source of bentonite clay is found in Benton, Wyoming. Bentonite Clay is also referred to as Montmorillonite, from the region of France called Montmorillon, where the clay was first discovered. 

How Bentonite Clay draws out toxins?

Bentonite clay has been used as a healing method for protecting the body from diseases in ancient cultures. We are exposed to toxins every day. Because Bentonite clay is compromised mostly of negative ions and toxins and heavy metals in the body are made of positive ions, bentonite clay works like a magnet that binds to toxins and helps to eliminate it out of the body. 

There are two types of Bentonite Clay, Sodium and Calcium Clay. Sodium Bentonite is used for detoxing purposes as it has a stronger negative charge which causes it to pull more toxins. Calcium  Bentonite contains more calcium and silica which is remineralized into the body. I prefer to use Sodium Bentonite because of its detoxing abilities.  The benefits of Sodium Bentonite:

For the body:

  • Allows Cells to Receive More Oxygen

  • Alkalizes the Body

  • Boosts Immunity by Killing Harmful Bacteria and Viruses

For the skin

  • Used on the skin to heal Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis

  • Can be used to regenerate skin tissue

  • Draws out the toxins from the skin (great for acne-prone skin)

  • It exfoliates the skin

5 DIY Bentonite Clay Mask for the Skin and Hair

The mixing instructions for each mask are pretty much the same and straight forward. Due to bentonite clay’s absorptive properties, it has the ability to absorb metals from objects, so try to avoid metal coming into contact with it when handling or storing it (use a wooden spoon, glass bowl, etc.).

Mixing instructions: Take a ceramic, glass, or plastic bowl, mix all ingredients together until you create a thick paste. Add more liquid if necessary. Apply the paste to a clean face and let dry (10-15 minutes). Remove by rinsing with warm water. Always follow up a mask with a toner to return your skin to its' normal PH balance.

DIY Bentonite Acne Mask

2 teaspoons of Bentonite Clay
1 teaspoon of Activated Charcoal
1 teaspoon of water, ACV or rose water
5-6 drops of lavender or tea tree oil or both

DIY Bentonite Glowing Skin Mask

2 teaspoons of Bentonite Clay
1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder
1 teaspoon of Hibiscus Flower Powder  (to tighten the skin)
1 teaspoon of water, milk or rose water
5-6 drops of geranium, ylang-ylang or tea tree oil

DIY Bentonite Clay Mask for Curly Course Hair

1/2 cup (or 4oz) of Bentonite Clay
1 tablespoon of Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon of Jamaican Black Castor Oil
2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Juice

Add clay first then oils then mix it up until you have a smooth, minimally lumpy mixture that is roughly the consistency of Greek yogurt (add more aloe vera juice if needed). After you've completely coated your hair with the mask, cover it with a plastic cap, saran wrap, or plastic bag for 20-30 minutes. Then rinse and follow up with a conditioner. Your hair will be hydrated, moisturized, defined, and frizz-free. 

DIY Bentonite Clay Mask for Blemishes for Sensitive Skin

2 teaspoons of Bentonite Clay
1 teaspoon of Rhassoul Clay
1 teaspoon of Honey or Powdered Honey
1 teaspoon of water, ACV or rose water
5-6 drops of lavender or tea tree or both 

DIY  Bentonite Clay Mask for Soft Skin

2 teaspoons of Bentonite Clay
1 teaspoon of rose clay
1 teaspoon Chamomile Flower Powder
1 teaspoon of water, ACV or rose water
5-6 drops of lavender or tea tree or both 

Facial Care After your Bentonite Clay Mask

You can purchase one of our botanical masks that contain bentonite clay here.

When you’re done with your mask, make sure to moisturize and replenish any natural oils that have been soaked up by the clay. Use a facial toner or complexion mist and follow up with a facial oil or moisturizer. 

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