Bentonite Clay Cleanse Mask for
Face & Body

This bentonite clay cleanse recipe reminds me a lot of childhood- playing Cowboys and Indians with my siblings and cousins, making mud pies in the back yard, and smearing ourselves head to toe in thick gooey mud. (Our parents put up with a lot of shenanigans!) 

Now that I'm a bit too old to be smearing myself with mud while standing half naked in the yard, I do what I can to be weird to keep my skin glowing and fresh with healing clays.

This recipe is decadently smooth, extremely inexpensive, and won't leave any harmful chemicals on your skin. Enjoy!


The Benefits of Healing Clays 

Bentonite clay, an absorbent clay consisting mostly of the mineral Montmorillonite, is one of the world’s most powerful healing clays. It is formed by the weathering of volcanic ash most often in the presence of water.

For thousands of years, this natural-occurring clay has been used by many cultures to cleanse the body and purify skin.  Bentonite clay is well-known for its detoxification effects – all thanks to its strong negative electromagnetic charge that when activated by water, can act like a magnet and pull metals and toxins out of the body.


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History and Natural Occurrence of Bentonite Clay

Since ancient times, bentonite clay has been recognized by many as an internal and external cleansing aid.

Mesopotamians applied it their bodies as a skin cleanser and antiseptic. The Egyptians applied it to the preservation of their most noteworthy mummies.

Greeks and Romans used it to restore and revitalize their health, and Indians advocated its part in promoting health and purification.

Even African and South American tribes used bentonite clay as an antidote to poisoning.

Although already popular by the 1890s, bentonite clay made its way into even more natural healing panaceas all around the world when it was discovered in the Cretaceous Benton Shale near Rock River, Wyoming. It is still a popular component of natural remedies that aim to detoxify internal and external organs, alleviate serious gastrointestinal conditions, and protect the immune system.


The Amazing Health Benefits of Bentonite Clay 

Bentonite clay is a special kind of clay that generates and maintains a very strong magnetic field when hydrated. Aside from that, it is full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, silica, iron, sodium, and potassium. It can draw out and eliminate impurities and chemicals from the body at the same time nourishing it with important dietary nutrients.

 When taken internally, bentonite clay cleanses the colon and intestines, eases digestive disturbances such as acid reflux and constipation, and even promotes liver function (as we know, the liver is central to our bodies detoxification system).

Also when applied  to the skin, bentonite helps heal and regenerate skin tissue; reduces the physical reaction of allergies; and stops the spread of certain kinds of skin diseases. Furthermore, it protects against poisoning and supplies calcium to pregnant women.

Bentonite Clay Cleanse Face and Body Mask Recipe

Though it is very powerful and effective in countless ways, a bentonite clay cleanse mask is most commonly used in face and body masks.  It can unclog and shrink pores, prevent breakouts, reduce the appearance of scars, even out skin tone, and quickly leave the skin soft and smooth.

This face and body mask can be made easily with just a bowl and a spoon. However, it is best to avoid metal utensils as metal can reduce the clay's effectiveness.

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Ingredients:

- Bentonite clay (find it here)

- Water or raw apple cider vinegar (find it here)

Directions:

1.   Take equal parts of the bentonite clay powder and water or apple cider vinegar and put them in a bowl.

2.   Mix the two ingredients well until it forms a kind of pasty consistency. If you think that it doesn’t have the right composition to make it spread easily over your face or body, feel free to add more clay powder or water.

3.   Apply the bentonite clay mask to your face, neck, and chest. For the face, you can use your fingers, a cotton ball or a cosmetic sponge. For the body, just use your hands.

4.   Leave the mask on for about 20 to 30 minutes – or for longer if you prefer. 

5.   Rinse off the mask and follow up with a bit of raw coconut oil to condition and moisturize.

After rinsing the bentonite mask off, your skin may become a little flushed for a few minutes – don’t worry about that. It usually happens because the clay increases blood flow to your skin. A natural moisturizer like coconut oil will help to bring down any redness.

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