Bentonite Clay for Skin Tightening

What is bentonite clay?

Bentonite clay comes from Death Valley, California and can be used to revitalize and tighten skin.

This clay helps to remove toxins from the pores, reduces inflammation of the face, and aids in healing the skin. It can lighten acne marks and reduce redness as well.

Bentonite clay can also provide the following benefits:

  • unclogs pores
  • controls overproduction of sebum
  • regenerates skin tissue
  • makes skin glow
  • exfoliates skin
  • makes skin feel softer
  • evens skin tone

Where can bentonite clay be applied?

A clay treatment can be applied to treat and tighten skin anywhere on the body. This includes the face and neck, as well as the belly and even the arms.

Bentonite clay is often used internally as well, although it should be applied externally when treating loose skin.

How to use bentonite clay for skin tightening:

A bentonite clay mask can be applied to the face or any area where skin needs to be tightened.

Begin by mixing a small amount of clay powder with water and applying the clay to the desired area. Leave it on for five to twenty minutes, or until it starts flaking off. If this is your first time using bentonite clay, start with five minutes then work your way to twenty minutes in subsequent sessions.

You should feel a tightening sensation while the mask is on the skin. Remove with warm water and a soft cloth, then pat dry. Apply lotion to lock in moisture. After a bentonite clay treatment, your skin will feel soft and will emit a youthful glow.

Detox baths are an alternative application for tightening skin with bentonite clay. Simply add 3/4 cup clay and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to warm bath water, and spend the next twenty minutes relaxing in the tub.

Frequency of use

Bentonite clay can be used as frequently as it is needed, because it has virtually no side effects when used externally. It can be used routinely every week or two. When used as a treatment for skin tightening, it may be used daily until the desired results have been acquired.

Dryness is a minor side effect of using bentonite clay too frequently. This can be resolved by using it less frequently, and by applying lotion to the skin after each use.


Although bentonite clay is typically considered safe, it is wise to take caution when using anything new for the first time, particularly for those with sensitive skin. Test on a small patch of skin, and watch for adverse reactions.

Use caution if using bentonite clay internally. Possible side effects of internal use include diarrhea and nausea.

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