Last Update: August 31, 2022
Bentonite clay is a skincare holy grail. It’s one of those tried-and-true staples that skincare buffs consider a must-have, and it’s so versatile that it can be used for many different skin types, ailments, ages, and purposes. Primarily, bentonite clay is used in mask form for detoxification, which makes it a powerful product in your arsenal against acne breakouts and oily skin.
For our brand new f.a.e. by Thrive Market Bentonite Clay, we made it our mission to create the purest bentonite clay product we could, with the highest quality ingredients — and in this case, we mean just one. Our bentonite clay powder is made with only 100% natural calcium bentonite clay sourced straight from California’s Mojave Desert, creating the base for a deeply cleansing clay face mask, a detoxifying bath soak, a clarifying scalp treatment, and much more.
To celebrate the launch of this staple skincare product, we’ve assembled a complete guide to using bentonite clay, including its most beneficial properties (and even some uses you may have never heard of before).
Bentonite clay is a type of clay that is made up of natural calcium that forms when volcanic ash ages. The name ‘bentonite’ comes from Fort Benton, Wyoming, which is an area with one of the highest concentrations of bentonite clay in the world (though bentonite clay is technically found all over the globe — in areas like Montmorillon, France, for example, where it’s known as ‘Montmorillonite clay’).
Clays like bentonite clay have long been used to treat skin ailments, and today, people continue to use bentonite clay in skincare primarily for its detoxifying properties. Because it is poly-catatonic, it is able to absorb negatively charged toxins and environmental pollutants, and it even has antibacterial properties that help to heal certain skin conditions.
Our f.a.e. by Thrive Market Bentonite Clay is sourced from our home state of California, where it’s found in abundance throughout the sparsely beautiful Mojave Desert. It’s free from additives, parabens, silicone, and synthetic dyes and fragrances, namely because it doesn’t need them; pure bentonite clay like ours is incredibly powerful on its own, and since it contains only one natural ingredient, you can be confident that it delivers the benefits without adding anything unnecessary to your skin.
The most common way to use bentonite clay is to make a face mask. Unlike many facial masks, which come premixed, bentonite clay comes in powder form and must be mixed with a liquid (this is because the clay hardens quite quickly, so it must be used immediately after mixing with liquid). Here’s how to make a bentonite clay mask using powdered bentonite clay:
Bentonite clay makes a great scalp treatment for those with itchy scalps or dandruff. It’s also a great way to detoxify the scalp if you often use heavy hair products. Here’s how to make a scalp treatment using bentonite clay:
Sore, tired feet? Enjoy the detoxifying effects of bentonite clay through a relaxing foot mask and an epsom salt soak. Here’s how:
Get all the detoxifying and skin softening properties of bentonite clay for your whole body by using it as a bath soak. Here’s how:
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