One of the biggest questions you may have about bentonite clay is “Is bentonite clay safe?”
You may have heard of people having issues with clay mask, with redness or excessive dryness, or even that clay contains lead.
These are valid concerns, so let’s take a look.
Does Bentonite Secret clay contain lead?
The short answer is “yes.”
(You knew there was a “but” coming, right?”)
There are two things you need to know about lead content in bentonite clay:
- Not all bentonite clays are created equal
- Our bodies do not absorb the lead present in bentonite clay
The FDA has actually advised against use of certain brands of bentonite clay, for both internal and topical uses.
The quality and mineral content (and subsequently, the lead content) of clay can vary greatly depending on where the clay is sourced. There are several different deposits of bentonite clay in the world, and each has a slightly different mineral composition. The clay in question that the FDA has advised against is sourced from Wyoming, while Bentonite Secret clay comes from Death Valley, California.
Bentonite Secret clay is also regularly tested to make sure it does not contain excess levels of lead. Our premixed bentonite clay mask is spa quality and triple purified to ensure that it is of the highest quality and 100% safe.
Another note about lead: Lead is present in many of the foods we eat in trace amounts, though it poses no danger to us. The type of lead in our food supply and in bentonite clay is not actually absorbed by the body and therefore, does not accumulate in the body and contribute to lead poisoning.
We could get into a deep chemistry lesson here, but the simple answer is that the danger of certain compounds depends on which other elements and compounds they’re combined with.
Remember how your high school science teacher would mix two harmless compounds together to create an explosion? Or how pure sodium can be very reactive on its own but is completely harmless when combined with chloride? (Those two ingredients make salt, by the way.)
The dangerous kind of lead found in some paints is harmful because it is not bonded to an element that renders it safe, such as copper or zinc. The small amount of lead in bentonite clay is already bonded to these minerals and those molecules stay bonded when entering the body, which prevents them from being absorbed. (We don’t necessarily want you to ingest tons of clay, but applying it to your skin is completely fine.)
This is also the case for lead that occurs naturally in foods like almonds and spinach.
Does Bentonite Secret Clay Cause Dryness, Redness, or Irritation?
For some people, bentonite clay masks can irritate the skin and cause excessive dryness or redness. While it’s normal for the skin to be a little red and “tight” for up to 30 minutes after using a clay mask, persistent dryness is not normal.
Much of the problem can be solved by adjusting the length of time the mask is on your face and the frequency of use.
Our premixed bentonite clay mask dries in five minutes, so there’s no need to leave it on for longer than that. If you are mixing your own mask, don’t leave it on for more than ten or fifteen minutes, and decrease the time even further if you’re still noticing irritation.
You can also use the clay less often. Our Bentonite Secret Clay Mask is formulated for everyday use, but you can use the mask less often if you have drier skin. Powdered masks that you mix yourself should also be used less often, no more than 3 times per week for oily skin and once per week for dry skin.
To find out how Bentonite Secret Clay Mask (or any other skin product) affects your unique skin, make sure to test a small patch on the inside of your wrist before applying to your face. If you notice a negative reaction, don’t put in on your face! Clay is typically very gentle and reactions are nearly unheard of, but it’s always good to be safe.
All in all, Bentonite Secret clay is a safe, all-natural way to get beautiful skin. I’ve used clay every day for years, including when I was pregnant and breastfeeding. It’s been the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin!