Beloved readers, my skin care regimen would be incomplete without Bentonite clay.*
Why Bentonite clay instead of some of the other popular clays out there? Behold:
Bentonite clays are essentially a molecule of Silicon, Aluminum and Oxygen. Before you get all jumpy about aluminum, understand that these are the three most common elements in the earth’s crust. Mother earth’s “skin” is made up of:
When silicon is combined with aluminum and oxygen, they tend to generate an electrical charge on the surface of the crystalline lattice. The cumulative power of that charge is directly proportional to the total surface area of the crystal. And shockingly, Bentonite clays, due to their Montmorillonite content have an unbelievably enormous surface area.
If the total surface area crystals in one gram of the really fine Bentonite clay material (like ION-MIN® montmorillonite) were exposed, it would cover a football field! The amount of electrostatic charge on such a compound is simply tremendous.”
What’s the point?
It turns out that nearly all heavy metals and most pathogenic organisms are oppositely charged. Bentonite clay is negatively charges (anionic; pronounced “an-eye-on-ic”) and pathogens are positively charged (cationic, pronounced “cat-eye-on-ic”). And according to simple physics, opposite charges in nature attract. So Bentonite clay nanoparticles stick to pathogenic compounds and heavy metals like flypaper to flies. This is called adsorption (with a “d”).
When this happens (and in this case a lot of the “flypaper” is much smaller than the “fly”), the harmful substance is smothered and can be eliminated by natural body processes. This detoxification can happen in the blood, on cells such as skin or liver, and in the colon.
This property is not manifested in other clays like Kaolin. The ionic drawing power of most other clays is too weak to pull detox duty.
Calcium Bentonite clay has a slight swelling capacity and can be mixed with water and oils to create various kinds of preparations from drinks to pastes to masks or slippery massage substances. Plus it tends to have a good balance of minerals, and a moderately high pH value.**
For my face, my recipe is simple, use equal parts:
- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
- Bentonite Clay
You don’t have to use Bragg’s AVC. It happens to be the only one I use. It’s the highest quality, organic, vinegar you can conveniently pick up at the store, with “the Mother” strain in it.
I mix equal parts clay and vinegar, which magically puffs and fizzles into an airy, LUXURIOUS mousse! It spreads like a charm and vacuums all the not-so-awesome out of each and every pore.
Better still, you can use it on your body as well as your scalp.
- Apply a thin layer (just enough to be opaque).
- It may face red for about 20-30 minutes after wards,.
- DO NOT apply this around your eyes, or over your eyebrows.
- MIX THIS WITH PLASTIC OR CERAMIC UTENSILS ONLY!
- Use vinegar, instead of water (especially tap water, over distilled) for the mousse like texture-effect, Bragg’s AVC or standard white.
A light smear on your T-Zone or whole face, left to dry for twenty minutes and washed off, will have you jaw-agape before your mirror saying:
LOOK AT MY SEXY NOSE!!
Or something to that effect.
This stuff IS LIKE A VACUUM CLEANER FOR SKIN!
*I’m not a dermatologist. Always consult your skincare professional before you try something new. I hope this works for you as it has for me for the past few years. Enjoy!