We go through dozens of facial masks not knowing what exactly it is or what it's made of.
And knowing what's good or bad for your skin is a never-ending guessing game.
All you know is that clay masks are supposed to 'detoxify' your skin.
But what does make a clay mask detoxifying??
Have you ever heard of the word bentonite when it comes to clay masks?
Here we discuss:
- What Bentonite clay really is.
- How it benefits our skin.
- How it should actually be used.
- Does it work for all skin types?
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay is a type of mineral clay from montmorillonite that comes from volcanic ash.
It can be used in a lot of industries but it is commonly mentioned in the skincare industry for its benefits.
There are different types of Bentonite clay, depending on its dominant mineral content:
The ones usually used for cosmetic purposes are Sodium and Calcium Bentonite. Both possessing minerals that are good for our skin.
How Bentonite Clay Does WONDERS For Your Skin
Absorbs the bad vibes on your skin
The way this clay works is it absorbs the nasty gunk on your skin like toxins, unwanted chemicals, and heavy metal through cation exchange.
For you non-science subject dwellers, a cation exchange means to swap positively-charged particles with other positively-charged particles on a negatively-charged surface.
As for the clay, its negatively-charged surface attracts these positive particles that allow the exchange to happen.
Basically, when you apply the clay mask, it swaps out the nasties and gifts you with minerals great for your skin. Some of these minerals are:
Now isn't that nice?
Plus, montmorillonite clay has a stronger ability to attract and hold cations to its surface than other mineral clays. It's safe to say that bentonite clay is the better choice.
Fights bacteria on your face a.k.a ACNE!
Every day, the pores on your face get clogged by nasties (dead skin cells, excess oil, or dirt)
These clogged pores can be infected by bad bacteria that cause acne to pop up.
With its anti-bacterial property, bentonite clay surrounds bad bacteria and kills it by starving it from nutrients that keep it alive.
A study carried out to determine the effectiveness of Bentonite as an acne treatment found that 54% of participants had positive results in reducing acne over 6 weeks.
This means you can also use Bentonite clay as a spot treatment for your acne.
The Best Way to Apply Bentonite Clay Masks
Some of the conventional clay masks you may have been using are already in paste form so it's ready for you to immediately apply onto your skin.
However, to make sure it stays that way and have a longer lifespan, it involves using chemicals and preservatives with names you may not understand unless you're a chemist.
This can change the effectiveness of Bentonite clay and not in a good way.
To avoid the use of chemicals, Bentonite clay comes in dry form. Mixing it with water will turn it into a paste.
Remember the cation exchange? Since the clay is negatively-charged, it can attract other positive particles surrounding it.
Because of this, avoid using a metal bowl or spoon when mixing your clay paste. The metal objects can absorb the minerals from the clay making it less effective.
Luckily, we provide a wooden spoon as an add-on when you purchase our clay mask!
Use the wooden spoon to scoop up the dry clay into a non-metal bowl or the palm of your hand and mix it with water.
Want to spice things up? Add other ingredients like replacing water with apple cider vinegar or add honey, yogurt, and other suggestions in our Purify Face Mask's FAQ section.
How Does This Benefit ALL Skin Types?
OILY skin types may use it up to 2 times a week because their skin produces more oil than others.
DRY/SENSITIVE skin types should limit using clay masks to once a week or a few times a month. The absorbing effect from the mask can be too strong or irritating for these skin types.
COMBINATION skin types can apply the mask only on certain areas where they find most oily like the T-zone area.
Although there are no serious side effects reported about Bentonite clay, Always always do a patch test before trying a new product. Apply it on areas that are hardly noticeable and do this for at least a few days:
- The side of your neck
- The underside of your jaw
- Behind your ear
- A corner of your forehead
- The inner side of your elbow
To conclude, you can count on Bentonite clay to literally suck out your woes away but never use it every day. Regardless of what you’ve read, always seek professional advice from your dermatologists. This post is just to give you insight into Bentonite clay.
Have you used Bentonite clay masks? Share your experiences in the comments and check out our Purify Face Mask!