Bentonite clay is an absorbent clay made from volcanic ash that's great for your skin.
Redmond Clay is made from pure bentonite clay we mine ourselves in Redmond, Utah. This mineral-rich clay is actually volcanic ash that was deposited in sea water approximately 150 million years ago.
It comes from one of the most unique clay deposits discovered so far—rich in both calcium and sodium. The unique composition is one reason Redmond Clay works so well in so many ways.
Bentonite clay in general (and Redmond Clay specifically) has remarkable benefits for your skin. Research shows, for example, that bentonite clay can absorb sebum, the oily substance on your skin that contributes to clogged pores and acne.
Bentonite clay has also been shown to promote skin healing, balance your skin's microbiome, and soothe skin irritations.
How to use Redmond Bentonite Clay
Mix the Redmond Clay with water to make a gel the consistency of mustard. Then apply the gel/paste directly on the skin for a drawing effect. If the clay is not covered it will dry out, and as it dries, you will feel it draw and pull. If you want a tightening effect, as in the case of a facial, leave it on until it is almost, but not totally dry, then remove.
If you want a more cooling and soothing effect, cover the gel with a plastic covering or wet cloth so it won’t dry out.
To remove the clay pack, simply wash it off with water and a gentle rubbing motion.
Do not reuse the clay pack.
Other external uses have been as a talcum powder or a diapering powder.
Can I take Redmond Clay internally?
Clay has been used internally for thousands of years, and for decades, had amazing experiences using Redmond clay internally.
Redmond used to suggest using Clay internally on their labels and in their marketing. But they've recently shifted their focus to the external cosmetic uses of clay, with a plan to revisit clay supplements for internal use in the future. That said, Redmond clay is still the same clay they sold in the past. Nothing has changed besides the way they're marketing it.
If you'd like to learn more about using bentonite clay internally, there are a lot of great resources out there, like ..
- 12 Bentonite Clay Benefits — for the Skin, Gut and More
- Bentonite clay: 11 benefits and uses
- Bentonite Clay as a Natural Remedy: A Brief Review
- Book: The Clay Cure by Ran Knishinsky