Bentonite Clay Mask Recipe

Though Bentonite clay has been largely forgotten in recent times, this magic clay is full of minerals including silica, iron, magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium, many nutrients and is very effective and beneficial for your skin irrespective of your age. This, so called healing clay, has been used in ancient cultures throughout history to get rid of toxins from skin.

Bentonite Clay Face Mask
Bentonite Clay Mask Recipes

What’s great about bentonite clay face mask is that it draws out toxins from the skin, tightens the skin pores, prevents acne breakouts, and makes your skin soft and smooth. Moreover, it works as an exfoliator and helps removing marks / discoloration of the skin. In recent times, this healing clay is gaining popularity and with good reasons.

Important note: Never use metal when mixing your clay mask. Use glass, plastic or wooden tools to keep clay’s properties potent and effective.

What Is Bentonite Clay ?

Bentonite clay is natural healing clay composed of minerals, and it’s formed from aged natural volcanic ash, which comes from the largest known deposit of bentonite clay located near Fort Benton, Wyoming. It’s also known as Montmorillonite. It’s one of the most useful and powerful healing clays and has an alkalizing effect. It can be used very effectively in skin care recipes or as a mudpack and mud bath. It has a very fine, velveteen touch and is odorless & non-staining.

What Does It Do ?

It’s very powerful due to its ability to produce an electric-charge when water is added to it. When water is mixed with it, its electrical components change, providing the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is acknowledged for properties to absorb and get rid of toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals from skin.

Bentonite clay quickly swells like an extremely porous sponge when water is mixed with it. It becomes a powerful tool to draw toxins into the sponge through electrical pull and once there, they get bound. On the one hand it removes toxins and chemicals from the skin, and on the other hand releases minerals for the skin to use. It also draws out excess hydrogen and infuses oxygen into the cells, thereby allowing cells to replace hydrogen with oxygen instead. It can be applied to any area of body, such as face, neck, chest or feet. It can be even applied to you whole body for taking a bentonite clay bath.

Bentonite Clay Mask Benefits

There are numerous benefits of using bentonite clay on skin. Here are the most incredible benefits that you can get by using diy bentonite clay mask:

(i) Pulls out toxins from skin

(ii) Does deep pore cleansing

(iii) Heals and regenerates skin tissues

(iv) Cure acne (avoids acne breakouts and useful in clearing acne)

(v) Prevents blackheads

(vi) Unclogs and tightens skin pores

(vii) Effective natural exfoliator

(viii) Evens out skin tone

(ix) Lessens appearance of spots and scars

(x) Makes skin smooth and soft

(xi) Makes your skin glowing

How To Make A Bentonite Clay Mask – An All Purpose Mask Including Fighting Acne

Here’s What You’ll Need / Ingredients

(i) 1 teaspoon bentonite clay

(ii) 1 teaspoon water or apple cider vinegar

Natural Beauty Tip: You can use either of water or apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a liquid for making the mask. The ACV makes the mask slightly more powerful / harsh on skin, therefore if you have sensitive skin you should use water.

(iii) A cup or bowl and a spoon to mix. Make it sure they are not made of metal.

Caution: Do not allow healing clays, such as bentonite to come in contact with any metal, as this will reduce their effectiveness.


(i) Take bentonite clay powder and water or apple cider vinegar in equal parts and place it in bowl or cup. Do not use anything metal, as metal will reduce effectiveness of the bentonite clay.

(ii) Stir the two ingredients well to form a smooth paste of desired consistency. Add a little more clay or a little more liquid, to get a consistency that will easily spread on your face.

(iii) Apply a thin layer of the bentonite clay mask on your face. You may like also to spread it down to your neck and upper chest. You may use your fingers, but a face mask brush, a cotton ball or cosmetic sponge also works great. There may be clumps in the mixture; avoid them and use the mixed parts. Make it sure to not apply a thick coat, as you will need to have time to dry, so keep it thin!

(iv) For normal skin allow it to dry, or until you literally cannot move your face because the mask has fully hardened. For delicate skin, let it dry for 5-10 minutes. Bentonite clay acts like a sponge, when it’s wet – it expands. As it dries, it contracts and you will feel a pulling and tightening sensation. Feel your face pulsating and being sucked off by the clay. This means – the clay is pulling out toxins, impurities, oils, and any other junk from your pores while it dries!

(v) Rinse off the mask with warm water. You may have to gently scrub a little with your fingers to remove it. Or you may use warm water and a washcloth gently to get it off.

(vi) After you rinse the mask off, your skin may look slightly red, which is normal and will disappear in about 30 minutes. Don’t panic! Because everything in your pores was pulled out, so your face is a bit raw and blood flow to your face is also increased for some time.

(vii) If needed, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturize.

(viii) Use it once per week. You may use it more often for problem skin.

Warning: Discontinue if rashes appears.

Three More Powerful Bentonite Masks For Skin

Here are three natural ingredients that when combined with bentonite clay make great healing clay masks:

(i) Tea Tree Essential Oil: Due to its antiseptic properties, it’s a perfect choice to be used for everything from treating acne to dandruff.

(ii) Oats:  It has anti-inflammatory qualities and saponins, a cleansing agent. It suits all skin types, even sensitive skin.

(iii) Honey: It contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties and so a good choice for fighting acne, nourishing skin and providing glow to your skin. It also facilitates opening of skin pores.

(iv) Yogurt: It contains lactic acid that helps in exfoliating skin and tightening pores. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that are beneficial in preventing blemishes.


1. Tea Tree And Bentonite Clay Mask For Acne:

(i) Take 1 teaspoon each of bentonite clay, water, ground oats and 3 drops of tree essential oil.

(ii) Mix the bentonite clay and oats in a small bowl. Remember never to use a metal bowl when working with bentonite clay. Mix in enough water to form a spreadable paste. Add in 3 drops of tea tree oil and stir with a non-metal spoon. Apply the mask on your face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Use warm water and a washcloth to remove the mask gently.

Tip: Use spice grinder, blender, or food processor to grind oats until they are coarse and flour-like.

2. Honey And Bentonite Clay Mask For Acne:

(i) Take 1 teaspoon each of bentonite clay, Water and raw honey.

(ii) Mix well the bentonite clay, honey and water in a small non-metal bowl. Stir the mixture thoroughly with a non-metal spoon. Do not use anything metal. Apply to your face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Use warm water and a washcloth to remove the mask gently.

3. Soothing Bentonite Clay And Yogurt Mask:

(i) Take one tablespoon each of bentonite clay and plain, unflavored yogurt.

(ii) Mix well the bentonite clay and yogurt in a small non-metal bowl. Stir the mixture thoroughly with a non-metal spoon. Do not use anything metal. Apply to your face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Use warm water and a washcloth to remove the mask gently.

Natural Beauty Tip: In case you have sensitive skin, apply a thinner layer of the mask and leave it for a shorter time. Then you can increase the time and frequency gradually, depending upon how your skin feels.

The bentonite clay for skin masks is super cool! Your skin pores really get vacuumed out by this clay. Wouldn’t you like to try them?

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    • @ Amber:

      Metal can react with the minerals in a clay, so avoid using metal while preparing clay mask. Instead always use wooden or ceramic bowl and spoon.

    • Mix 3 teaspoons of bentonite clay powder, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of water and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt in ceramic or glass bowl. Stir the mixture well. Add more water or clay powder as needed to make a thick paste. Prepare your face with warm water to open pores. A relaxing way to do this is to get a clean wash cloth wet with hot water. Place it over the face for one minute, this will feel wonderful. Very gently pat the face dry, it does not have to be completely dry. Apply the mask over your skin. Let it set for 15-20 minutes. The mask will dry and the face will become really tight, but don’t worry. This means it is working! Wash the face clean, dry, and then use a moisturizing face lotion to finalize this ultimate skin care treatment.
      The above mask is a powerful, impurity-sucking clay mask, with the added natural astringent action of fresh lemon juice.

  1. I have a question about bentonite clay. I bought some from the local natural food store. I wanted to make a simple mask. The powder was odorless. However, when I mixed it with water, it had a smell that reminds me as a mix between chili powder and turmeric. Is this normal? I used well-water, but the water has been tested and is safe. I just thougTht it odd that it smelled like that. It did work wonders. The color of the powder is a grayish-white, like in your photos here. I’m obviously new to making my own clay mask.


      • Thanks for your quick reply, I appreciate it! So a scent is not uncommon when it is mixed with even just water? I just hadn’t expected it, and thought perhaps I had gotten the wrong thing, even though the store said it was the right. I should have added I am blessed/cursed with an unusually heightened sense of smell. ☺


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