Bentonite Clay has been used as a beauty and health treatment for thousands of years, and many celebrities, beauty bloggers, and Amazon reviewers swear by it!
But maybe that hasn’t been your experience. Maybe you’ve tried bentonite clay before and found it made your skin dry or itchy. Maybe you experienced redness or irritation.
Should you give up on bentonite clay altogether?
While a little splotchy redness and dryness are normal right after using the mask, you should always listen to your skin. If you had a bad reaction to the clay, it might not be the right beauty treatment for you.
Any redness or itchiness should fade within twenty minutes, and a little moisturizer should take care of any dryness.
But sometimes it just takes a little fine-tuning to learn how to use the clay for your particular skin type.
If you’re having a little trouble with bentonite clay but aren’t ready to give it up just yet, you do have options.
Here are a few things you can try:
Don’t let the mask dry all the way.
Usually, we recommend that you leave our premixed mask on for five minutes and a homemade mask on for fifteen. There are variables here, however, like how thickly you apply the mask and how much water is in the mixture.
If you’ve been letting the clay dry completely, try using it for less time and washing it off when the clay starts to dry but is still a little sticky to the touch. Follow up with a light moisturizer.
Wash it off gently.
Bentonite clay is great for gently exfoliating your skin, but you don’t want to overdo it!
When your time is up (and especially if you let the mask dry completely) try splashing some warm water on your face to dampen the clay first, then carefully wash the clay off with your hands or a soft cloth.
Scrubbing dry, crusty stuff off your skin puts you at risk for over-exfoliation and microabrasions, which cause itchiness, redness, and irritation. Not good!
Use a thinner layer.
Bentonite clay is powerful stuff, and sometimes a little goes a long way.
If the mask dries you out too much, try applying a thinner layer. Make sure to adjust your time as well so you don’t let the mask dry all the way.
Use the mask less often.
If your skin feels okay after right using a mask but seems drier over time, cut down on your usage.
We suggest that dry or sensitive skin types use the mask no more than once or twice per week (especially if you’re mixing the mask from bentonite clay powder) and up to three times a week for oily skin types.
We hope this answers any troubleshooting questions about bentonite clay!
For the most gentle and easy-to-use bentonite clay mask on the market, check out our pre-mixed bentonite clay mask. It’s ready to use right out of the bottle and only takes a few minutes to dry! It’s the perfect quick addition to your beauty routine.