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3 Benefits of Calcium Bentonite Clay

Posted on March 20 2020

At the heart of Adamah Clay’s unique product offering is the use of a powerful ingredient called calcium bentonite clay. If you’re not familiar with it, that’s because Adamah Beauty creates unique products that address the root of skin care issues rather than recreating the same products from generations past. The power of this powder is the cornerstone of our product offering and you’re about to find out why.

First, let’s address the question “what is calcium bentonite clay?”

Adamah’s calcium bentonite clay is an absorbent clay that typically forms as volcanic ash ages in the presence of water. It is a rare type of clay that contains a complete negative ionic charge.

How does bentonite clay work?

Glad you asked. In order to break it down, we have to get scientific with it. On a molecular level, calcium bentonite sticks to ions and molecules of oils, bacteria and other toxins in the body. Once attached, it absorbs those toxins and removes them from the body when the calcium bentonite itself gets extracted.

In addition to its powerful ability to remove toxins, calcium bentonite makes other ingredients in our products more impactful due to the increased microcirculation in the upper layers of the skin. The absorption of oils and bacteria makes room for other active ingredients in our clays, cremes and masks, meaning other ingredients will be more impactful because of calcium bentonite’s presence. With less bacteria to fight against, the anti-aging properties are stronger and the impact on your complexion is exponentially better.

Now that we know how calcium bentonite works, let’s get into what it can do for your skin and for your health.

Acne and oily skin

Healthy, non-oily skin is something that we all strive for. Adding calcium bentonite to your daily skin routine can get you closer to the skin you’ve always wanted. You know that calcium bentonite attaches and absorbs oils in your skin when applied topically, and it can also reduce the redness and inflammation that appears during skin breakouts. Using a purifying face mask product, or making your own, can help remove impurities, treat acne and reduce the risk of pimples and future infections.

Spot detox

There are several places on the body that tend to have a large buildup of oils and bacteria, causing pungent smells and overactivity from the sweat glands. Using calcium bentonite clay on those body parts can help freshen up those areas.

Anyone who has ever been through puberty knows that the armpits can get rank. Using deodorants only mask the smell caused by the bacteria. And, antiperspirants reduce sweating which actually traps bacteria and oils INSIDE the body. Use a mask product on your armpits, letting it sit for about 20 minutes before washing off. This restores your body’s natural balance and will have you wearing tank-tops without shame.

Feet are another pesky part of the body that collects bacteria and develops a signature smell. But calcium bentonite clay offers multiple ways to take on the smell. Applying a mask product to your feet is a great way to rid your feet of bacteria. If you’re looking for a more relaxing (and less messy) way to detox your feet, put calcium bentonite detox powder in a foot bath and soak your feet. Doing this for 30 to 60 minutes each week will keep your feet fresh and ready for sandals!

UV protection

While there’s no replacement for using sunscreen and limiting exposure to the sun, the National Institute of Health suggests that calcium bentonite can supplement sunscreen and other measures to protect skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. In fact, the study says, with regard to UV absorption, calcium bentonite has “as much as other conventional sunscreens which are commercially available in the market.”

Daily use of lotions with calcium bentonite can help protect your skin from everyday exposure to the sun. And, applying homemade calcium bentonite clay to your skin can be a cost-effective way to protect yourself from extended and intense time in the sun, like on vacations, long hikes and when taking the kids to adventure theme parks.