Bentonite clay is famous for its beauty benefits for skin and hair, but those aren’t the only benefits!
Humans have been using bentonite clay for thousands of years and in dozens of ways. Not only is clay great for skin, but it also has tons of health uses too! Here are just a few ways to use bentonite clay that you might not have tried before!
5 Weird Ways to Use Bentonite Clay
#1: Spot treatment
We all know that bentonite clay is amazing as a mask because it helps clear, cleanse, and exfoliate the skin.
However, if you don’t have the time or desire to do a full mask, try dabbing a little hydrated clay on blemishes and wash off just before it dries completely.
This will give that spot a little extra love.
#2: Soothe bug bites
If you go out on a summer evening without insect repellent and come back covered in mosquito bites, dab on some hydrated bentonite clay!
Leave the clay on until it almost completely dries to reduce itching and inflammation. You can keep doing this as the bite heals.
#3: Take the sting out of a sunburn
Too much fun in the sun? Ouch!
To cool down a sunburn, coat the area with a generous layer of hydrated bentonite clay, then lay a cool, wet (but not soaked) towel on top.
When the towel feels warm to the touch, wash off the clay, rewet the towel with cold water, and start the process again. Repeat until the sunburn feels less hot.
It’s crazy how well this works! Make sure to moisturize afterward though. Never let a sunburn dry out!
You can also treat smaller, minor burns the same way, like if you accidentally touched a stove. Just spread hydrated clay on the burn or blister, cover with a cold, wet cloth, and keep changing the clay and cloth until the sting starts to subside.
Note: Don’t let the clay dry completely on a burn. It will itch!
#4: Add it to your bath
To enjoy the detoxifying and exfoliating benefits of bentonite clay on your whole body, add two or three tablespoons of dry clay to your bath with a few drops of essential oil!
Turn on the shower for a moment to rinse off when you’re done. If there’s any clay left in the tub after the water drains, wipe out with a paper towel instead of washing it all down the drain.
#5: Reduce inflammation around a cut
Cut your finger while making dinner? Make a bentonite clay poultice!
After washing and drying the cut, apply a generous dab of hydrated bentonite clay and wrap in a bandage. Change the poultice in a few hours or when the poultice starts to dry out.
This will reduce pain, inflammation, and risk of infection.
Bentonite clay is incredibly useful stuff, and not just for beauty purposes!
For added convenience, take a look at our pre-hydrated clay mask. It comes ready to use right out the bottle, which is great if you need to treat a burn or cut right away!