From Egyptian royalty like Cleopatra to modern-day television queens like Khloe Kardashian and Mindy Kaling, people have used clay to beautify and heal their skin (and more) for thousands of years. Though it’s become quite trendy today, with do-it-yourself bentonite clay powders selling like crazy, humans have known about the benefits of clay for a variety of ailments for millennia. The history of bentonite clay is long and fascinating!
Clay has been celebrated for centuries for its anti-inflammatory, purifying, and nourishing properties. The Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian text and one of the oldest medical works ever discovered, contains hundreds of formulas and remedies for all kinds of issues, including uses for clay in healing the skin and body. People would even make “band-aids” from wet clay that would then dry over a wound. Writings from Aristotle and Marco Polo even mention people eating clay to fight illness. (Make sure you talk to a doctor before using any homemade band-aids or ingesting clay.) We have new ways to care for injuries and treat upset stomachs, but the use of clay in skin and hair care is still going strong.
The best clay for beauty is bentonite clay. Bentonite is found in rocks that were deposited in the Ordovician to Neogene periods (about 488.3 to 2.6 million years ago). Bentonite clay forms from weathered volcanic ash near the presence of water. The result is a super-absorbent, mineral-rich powdery clay. The name bentonite comes from Fort Benton, Wyoming, the largest natural source of the clay, though it can be found all over the world. Another special quality of bentonite clay is its slight electrical charge when mixed with liquid, which is said to help pull impurities from the skin.
Humans have ingested, applied, and soaked in clay for therapeutic purposes since ancient times using trial and error to come up with the right formulations. Thankfully, we’ve learned from their experiences and combined our modern-medical know how to develop exceptional beauty and personal care products with the power of bentonite clay.
Now it’s easier than ever to enjoy the benefits of bentonite clay. Take a look. Your skin will thank you for it.