Ingredient Focus: Bentonite Clay

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Just as clothes, hair styles and handbags do, skincare ingredients come in and out of fashion. One wonder ingredient I keep spying is Bentonite Clay, a cleansing ingredient that supposedly boasts many skincare and healing properties. I learnt about this through working with skincare maven Antonia Burrell, who uses it in her NEW Mask Supreme 7-in-1 (which is well worth checking out, by the by).

Something that I find kind of amazing is that Bentonite Clay uses magnetic attraction to physically draw impurities from the skin. Once mixed with water and expanded, it acts a little bit like a sponge, drawing toxins (including heavy metals, free radicals and pesticides) from the body. The clay is derived from weathered volcanic ash, and its minerals are negatively charged, whilst toxins are positively charged, resulting in the detoxification of the skin, making it the perfect solution for dull, congested or problem prone skin types. It also helps to regulate cell turn-over and promotes firmer skin – winner!

However this natural wonder ingredient isn’t just a skincare superhero, it can also be used internally to help with a whole host of digestion issues including IBS. It is said that the clay supposedly cleans the inside of the colon, meaning toxins are flushed away and you’re more able to absorb positive nutrients from your diet. It doesn’t stop there, though! According to a study by Knishinsky, benefits of bentonite clay after using it in liquid form for two to four weeks include: improved intestinal regularity; relief from chronic constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and ulcers; a surge in physical energy; clearer complexion; brighter, whiter eyes; enhanced alertness; emotional uplift; improved tissue and gum repair; and increased resistance to infections.

So there you have it. What’s not to love? I’ll leave it up to you to source your own if you’d like to give it a try, but if you’d like to work this wonder mineral into your skincare regime, why not check out the following 5 products:

1. Antonia Burrell Mask Supreme 7-in-1 – £57

2. Clarisonic Deep Pore Decongesting Mask – £22

3. Aveda Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque – £28.50

4. Estelle & Thild Lily Detox Mask – £35

5. Scalpure Clay (hair) Mask – £28.50


Have you used bentonite clay before – what are your experiences?

Ingredient Focus: Bentonite Clay

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