The Benefits of Bentonite Clay
You will have noticed that many activated charcoal face masks often times contain bentonite clay. This clay is a healing clay that is extracted from aged volcanic ash. It contains a range of thinks like iron, calcium, sodium and potassium. Who cares I hear you say (thanks to those who didn’t say this in their mind!!)? Your skin does. All of those things provide nutrients that you skin loves and that are really beneficial for healthy skin. Bentonite clay also tightens and shrinks large pores, tones & firms the skin, controls oily skin, reduces blemishes as well as exfoliates the skin.
Why are Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal Such a Good Match?
Bentonite clay and activated charcoal are a dynamic duo in face masks and other skin and body care products too. When bentonite clay is mixed with water, an electric charge is created, so it binds to impurities and draw out toxins from within the skin. Apart from sucking up toxins and impurities from the skin. So in summary, together this duo of ingredients can have a range of benefits:
- Draws out toxins and unclogs blocked pores
- Exfoliates skin, rejuvenates damaged skin and removes dead cells
- Removes excess sebum
- Fights acne and can reduce the appearance of acne scars
- Reduces blemishes
- Tightens and reduces large pores
- Regenerates skin tissue and firms and tones your skin
- Promotes softer and smoother skin
Why Aren’t Metal Spoons or Metal Bowls Great Mates with Bentonite Clay?
If you are creating a DIY activated charcoal face mask, do not use a metal spoon or a metal bowl. In a nutshell (and saving you from reading a wordy scientific explanation), metal spoons and bowls will react with the clay reducing most of its healing properties. If you want a better scientific explanation head to Quora by clicking here.
Use a wooden or bamboo spoon instead of a metal spoon and consider using a glass or ceramic bowl to mix your ingredients.
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