Aztec Secret's Indian Healing Clay is one of my very favorite affordable beauty products. You can buy a pound of it on Amazon for $14 and I promise it will take forever to go through it. Honestly, I think I've had my jar for almost three years and I'm only halfway through it. So, what exactly is it? The Indian Healing Clay is a bentonite clay, containing tons of minerals like silicon, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and more.
Bentonite clay is known for its ability to draw out heavy metals that we come into contact with through exposure to things like cleaning supplies, paint, pesticides, and more. Studies have shown a possibility that ingesting bentonite clay can be effective in drawing out toxins internally. However, the clay (which was originally used in early Mesopotamian societies) is most often used topically.
Here are five ways you can incorporate bentonite clay into your routine:
If your skin is prone to acne or redness, a bentonite clay mask is perfect for you. Just mix bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar (or water) in a non-metal bowl until it becomes a thin paste. Apply to your face and rest for about ten minutes. This mask is more on the 'intense' side, so I tend to use it when my skin is really acting up or if it's especially oily. If you have dry skin, I suggest leaving it on for a shorter amount of time because the clay is very absorbing and has a tightening effect.
Don't you hate when your skin looks mostly good but you randomly wake up with a blemish in the center of your cheek or chin? For a quick fix, use less liquid and mix the clay into a thicker paste. Apply directly to the blemish and let it dry out for 10-20 minutes. This will function similarly to spot treatments like Kate Somerville's EradiKate or Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion.
Next time you run a bath, add bentonite clay and an essential oil of your choice to the running water. This will add a little detox element to your regular bath while also nourishing your skin with all of the minerals I mentioned earlier.
If you want your next pamper day to be a little bit extra, use bentonite clay to create your own body mask at home. Instead of regular water, mix the clay with cooled herbal tea (such as chamomile for a soothing effect). Spread the clay all over using either your hands or a brush, then rest for 15 minutes or until the clay has full dried. Rinse with warm water.
If you're feeling a little adventurous, you can use bentonite clay to create your own toothpaste powder. Wellness Mama has a great recipe here. Definitely be sure to add peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil!