Most people are familiar how to use bentonite clay externally as a clay facial mask. One of the most common uses of bentonite clay externally is as a facial mask. Simply mix clean water with the bentonite clay in a ratio of 1:3 clay to water and stir to the consistency of sour cream. It can be applied to the face immediately or left to stand for several hours. Allowing the bentonite clay to stand will let it thicken, however that is not necessary. Leave on the face until dry and then rinse with warm water. Follow the clay mask with a quality moisturizer, as the mask will leave your skin dry. A bentonite clay mask is a great way to exfoliate and cleanse the skin in a completely safe and non-toxic way. It will also increase circulation in the area where it’s applied, which has anti-aging benefits.
Bentonite Clay Baths
Another common, but less well known bentonite clay uses is as a bath. It detoxifies the body whether from drinking clay or from bathing in it. The difference is the area that is detoxified. When applied as a body wrap or used in the bath, bentonite clay pulls toxins through the skin. This detoxifies the tissues beneath the surface of the skin. It does NOT however, detoxify the intestines. Bentonite clay does not penetrate the intestinal wall, so it cannot detoxify the gut when used externally. (The only way to clean the gut is through either drinking clay or taking it as capsules. We do not recommend the latter.)
The average size adult can use 1 cup of dry bentonite clay in the bathtub. Soak for 20 minutes or until the water begins to cool. Rinsing afterwards is a personal choice. The clay will exfoliate the skin either way. It’s typical that the skin also turns pink or with some people red. This is because used externally, bentonite clay increases circulation in the body. When circulation increases, blood runs closer to the surface of the skin, creating redness. This is nothing to be alarmed about. Clay baths are also safe for children, though the amount of clay used is less. See our blog for details on clay baths for children.