Bentonite Clay for Skincare: Uses, Benefits, and Tips
Updated: Aug 4
What is bentonite clay?
Bentonite clay is a natural volcanic ash with a pale grey powdery appearance and fine soft texture. It is also known as montmorillonite clay and contains approximately 70 different minerals, including calcium, magnesium and iron. These minerals bring a range of skincare benefits to the face, making bentonite clay a popular choice for many people.
How does bentonite clay differ from other clays?
Bentonite clay is highly absorbent, which means it can draw out oils and toxins from the pores. This sets it apart from other clays, which may not have the same level of absorption. Bentonite clay is also unique in that it is non-comedogenic, which means it does not block pores and can help to maintain healthy, clear skin.
Benefits of using bentonite clay
Detoxification: Bentonite clay is highly absorbent, which means it can draw out oils and toxins from the pores. This can help to cleanse the skin and remove impurities, leaving it feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Healing: Bentonite clay is rich in minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and iron, which can help to nourish and support the skin's natural healing processes. It can help to calm irritation and redness, and can promote healthy, glowing skin.
Anti-microbial properties: Bentonite clay has been shown to have anti-microbial properties, which means it can affect bacteria by changing its physicochemical properties. This can help to prevent breakouts and keep the skin healthy.
Non-comedogenic: Bentonite clay is non-comedogenic, which means it does not block pores and can help to maintain healthy, clear skin.
Versatility: Bentonite clay can be used in a wide range of skincare products, including hair care, mineral make-up, toothpastes, soaps, body masks, and cleansers. This makes it a versatile and effective ingredient for many people.
Uses of bentonite clay
Bentonite clay is commonly used in soap and face masks for its skincare benefits. In soap, bentonite clay can help to cleanse the skin and remove impurities, while also providing a range of minerals to nourish and support the skin's natural healing processes. In face masks, bentonite clay can be applied to the skin and left to dry, which can help to draw out oils and toxins from the pores. It can then be rinsed off to reveal clean, radiant skin.
At Bee Cosmetics, we use bentonite clay in our specially formulated Facial Soap. This soap is made using the traditional cold-pressed method, which involves combining oils, butters, water, and sodium hydroxide to create a chemical reaction known as saponification. The soap is then carefully cured for four weeks before being hand-wrapped. Our bentonite clay Facial Soap is a natural, effective way to cleanse and nourish oily and acne-prone skin.
Bentonite clay: frequently asked questions
How often should I use bentonite clay on my face?
The frequency of using bentonite clay on the face will depend on the individual's skin type and concerns. For those with oily or acne-prone skin, using bentonite clay 2-3 times a week may be beneficial. For those with dry or sensitive skin, using it once a week or less may be more appropriate.
Does bentonite clay clog pores?
Bentonite clay does not typically clog pores, but it is important to remove the clay from the face thoroughly after using it to avoid any potential irritation. This can be done by rinsing the face with warm water and patting it dry with a clean towel.
Should I use a serum after a clay mask or facial soap?
After using a bentonite clay mask, some people may choose to apply a serum to the face to replenish moisture. This can help to nourish and hydrate the skin, and can also help to lock in the benefits of the clay mask. Consider using the Frankincense & Rose Facial Serum, a Bee Cosmetics best seller!