Bentonite clay purifies poresBumble Dee/Shutterstock
“We’re now painfully aware of the negatives effects of pollution and free radicals on the skin,” says Biba de Sousa, an esthetician in Beverly Hills. Bentonite clay is a pore-cleansing powerhouse. When activated with liquid, it acts like a magnet and a sponge, binding to and sopping up positively charged impurities (think heavy metals, excess sebum, bacteria, etc.). “Simply put: It pulls pollutants and ‘sludge’ out of the skin,” de Sousa says. Bentonite clay isn’t the only detoxifier that deserves a spot in your beauty routine. Check out these purifying skincare ingredients.
Bentonite clay absorbs excess oilTatevosian Yana/Shutterstock
One of the biggest myths about oily skin is that you should use harsh, alcohol-based products to dry it out. This simply isn’t true! When you strip away natural oils, your skin over-produces it to compensate. Instead, what you want to look for are natural ingredients that help balance sebum levels, like bentonite clay. “This super-absorbent, swelling clay has unparalleled oil-drawing capabilities,” says Alexandra Wagner, an esthetician in Los Angeles. This makes it excellent for oily complexions. Dry, sensitive, and aging skin types should choose for more mild clays, like French pink and white kaolin. Looking for a DIY facial treatment to combat oil and shine? In a nonreactive bowl (wood, plastic, or glass), combine equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar. Apply the mask evenly to the skin, let it sit for 20-30 minutes, and rinse with lukewarm water. Don’t miss these dermatologist-approved recipes you can make at home.