Science-Backed Benefits of Clay Masks
& Ancient Clay Body Bars
How Clay Works to Nourish the Skin
Perhaps the most predominant function of medicinal clay is its ability to draw out toxicity from within the body and from the surface of the skin. Various therapeutic clays, especially bentonite clay can effectively bind to heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead, and benzene as well as other environmental pollutants and eliminate them from the body’s tissues.
For example, bentonite clay works by producing a negative electrical charge when it comes in contact with a liquid. When the activated clay touches any type of fluid, it naturally binds to any toxins present in the fluid. This works similarly to the way earthling works to decrease inflammation and act as an antioxidant – when you stand barefoot on grass, your body absorbs free electrons from the earth and discharges positively charged ions.
In clay’s natural state, it possesses negatively-charged molecules, where most toxins, heavy metals and bacteria have positively charged molecules. When taken internally or applied to the skin, what happens is the two bind together and through the process of washing the clay off, you escort these toxins off the skin. The same thing happens when taken internally.
Because of its molecular charge, clay naturally seeks out toxins on and in the body to bind with. This is because these substances have a missing ion, which determines it its “charge” and therefore seeks for the opposite charge that will “complete it”. Once discovered, they bind, and as mentioned, they are then free to leave the body’s intestinal tract, mouth, or in this case, the surface of the skin.
This ability alone can improve the overall quality and health of the skin by improving the immunity of the surface of the skin and greatly reducing inflammation.
However, this isn’t the only way that clay works to improve the integrity of the skin, it is also rich in beautifying minerals including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium. It’s detoxifying abilities, nutritive qualities, and microbial balancing properties give it many reasons to use for the skin.
Below, let us explore how clay masks can improve skin disease, heal the skin and promote youthful, beautiful, glowing skin.
Anti-Bacterial: Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis
As mentioned, hydrated clay binds with not just toxins but also harmful bacteria and pathogens. When hydrated clay is applied to the skin and left to dry, as in the case of a clay mask, it binds to bacteria on the surface of the skin and deep in the pores. It brings the dried up bacteria to the surface of the skin to then be washed away. This act reduces the overpopulation of pathogenic bacteria to friendly microflora, which is responsible for bacterial skin problems, acne, and even poison ivy. In other words, clay masks work as a natural antibiotic that can heal skin infections and even remedy issues like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. It is even more effective than most antibiotics, as it will not entirely wipe out the colonies of friendly bacteria that promote healthy skin immunity.
Detoxifies & Purifies the Skin
Again, as discussed briefly, we know that clay has detoxification properties. It has a strong negative electrical charge, which binds to negatively charged toxins and pulls them from the skin when used as a topical mask. Any form of an environmental pollutant, nanoparticles, cacogenic, heavy metal, chemical, and essentially any unnatural impurity you could think of – and there are thousands of them in the modern world – can be eliminated from the body with the use of clay. As environmental pollutants come into contact with the skin, they can store in the pores and lead to inflammation and allergic responses. The use of a clay mask will leave your skin feeling renewed, incredibly clean, oxygenated and less inflamed.
Oxygenates the Cells
Clay not only pulls toxins out of the skin’s pores but also hydrogen from the skin cells, which allows more room for oxygen to benefit the skin tissue and rejuvenate them. This moves improved circulation and overall healthier skin.
Unclogs and Shrinks Skin Pores
Minimizing the appearance of pores is often a goal for many people seeking beautiful looking skin. However, having smaller pores is not just a goal of vanity, smaller pores are typically the result of healthier skin, considering that the pores become enlarged when they are clogged with excess sebum, bacteria, and dirt. Clay masks are remarkable at pulling sebum, dirt and possible bacteria from the skin pores.
After application of a clay mask, you will feel your face tighten as the clay dries. As the clay dries it “soaks” up the skins natural oils and anything clogging the pores and draws it to the surface. Once you wash the mask off, you will feel a deep sense of cleanliness. Over the course of time, with continual use, you will inevitably notice your pores becoming smaller. If you are adhering to a healthy, whole foods diet and low-toxicity lifestyle, the results will be even more noticeable, as the production of sebum will be more balanced and the less inflammation.