Minimum Shelf Life: Indefinite
Bentonite clay, also referred to as sodium bentonite, is a naturally gray-colored clay with a fine particle size and soft earthy texture. Our bentonite clay is mined in northern United States, then dried and pulverized. Its grayish color comes from high amounts of volcanic ash, from which bentonite clay is formed. Bentonite clay is rich in minerals of calcium, magnesium, iron, and montmorillonite, making it an excellent ingredient for normal, combination, and oily skin types that are experiencing signs of acne. It is designed to absorb excess oils, unwanted bacteria, and toxins in the skin by sticking to their ionic molecules. As the clay leaves the skin, it takes the toxin and bacteria with it. As bentonite clay removes sebum deposits deep within the pores, it also soothes any irritation in the skin through its calming anti-inflammatory action.
There are several other situations where bentonite clay can be of great use. One is treating a rash caused by poison ivy. Many people are allergic to urushiol, the oil that poison ivy plants produce. A poison ivy rash is a result of an allergic reaction which creates severe redness and itching in the epidermis. A solution of bentonite clay mixed with water can help alleviate and speed recovery. The second use of bentonite clay is treating diaper rash. One study showed nearly all of the infants who received bentonite clay treatments had diaper rash improvement within 6 hours, with most completely healed in 3 days. Bentonite clay can be mixed with occlusives like Shea Butter, Coconut oil, or zinc oxide to make a soothing salve or liniment for any kind of skin irritation or discomfort.
We recommend using bentonite clay with either acne prone skin, or compromised skin to soothe, calm, and help speed recovery.
Normalizing Anti-Redness Clay Mask:
3-1/2 teaspoons bentonite clay
1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
5 teaspoons calendula hydrosol
5-10 drops comfrey root oil
Please note, the above recipe is for immediate use after blending. Adding water (or any ingredient containing water) to any type of powdered clay requires a preservative to keep mold, fungi, and bacteria from forming. The above recipe is not intended to be made for future use (for example, retail purposes). For retail inclusion of a preservative is required.
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