No one can prevent the process of getting older. There are a few downsides many people would like to stop, for example getting wrinkles and sagging skin. The anti-aging industry is making millions with the promise to make you look young and beautiful. However, there are many products that don’t even work. The impact of bentonite clay, on the other hand, is based on scientific evidence.
Bentonite Clay is an inexpensive way to boost the shape of your skin and reduce the number of wrinkles. In this article, you will learn how clay can help you and why it actually has an effect.
If you want to improve the quality of your skin, you have to understand the causes of wrinkles at first, so keep on reading. You can check out our product recommendations for bentonite clay here.
Causes of Aging and Wrinkles
As we get older the skin looses alot of it’s flexibility and elasticity. Furthermore, it becomes drier and thinner, and finally the skin isn’t able to protect itself from outside factors. One significant cause comes from the influence of the sun. The UV radiation damages the collagen fibers and leads to irreversible changes that make us look older.
Try to avoid getting sunburned and stop using sunbeds as they cause heavy damage to your collagen fibers. Other extrinsic factors are smoking or always doing the same facial expressions. Try to avoid frowing too much to protect your forehead from wrinkles. Also Alcohol is one of the avoidable factors that can dry your skin.
In addition to these factors, you have intrinsic factors, like hormones and radicals that affect your skin’s constitution. By far, the main intrinsic factor is your genetics. Obviously, there is a huge variance among people in terms of aging pace. The process depends on the decrease of dermal collagen, melanin production, and the cell turnover rate. Inside your DNA is a preprogrammed sequence that has control over all the described phenomenons.
While you have an impact on the extrinsic factors, you can’t do anything about intrinsic ones.
Do Clay Masks Really Help Against Wrinkles and Aging?
Short answer: Yes, which is no surpise! There are multiple things healing clay does for your skin helping it staying young and smooth.
Bentonite clay has a negative electrical charge, while many toxins and heavy metals have a positive charge. The clay bonds to toxins and swallows them. As you wash off your clay mask all these toxins and metals disappear in your drain and can’t do harm to your skin any more. Furthermore, bentonite clay removes the dead cells from the skin layer and makes room for new fresh tissue. This process is often described as exfoliation.
Healing clay removes the appearence of acne scars by stimulating the skin in different ways. Without scars your skin definitly looks way stronger and more beautiful. Clay is one of the very few things that actually work in this case. You can find an article about the impact on acne scars here.
One typical sign of aging skin is the age marks appearing during our life. Bentonite clay has properties to fade these age marks. Unfortunately they won’t disappear completely, as they tend to be pretty persistend.
The most important fact is that bentonite clay helps your skin to rebuild damaged skin tissue by renewing collagen fibres. And that is exactly what we need in fighting against wrinkles. In 2012, a study investigated the effect of topical clay application on the synthesis of collagen in skin. They detected a clear increase of collagen fibres 7 days after the treatment. The new collagen fibres make the skin stronger and more resilient.
You can now understand why bentonite clay has been used since thousands of years. The result of constant use is an even skin tone that is baby-like. You improve your skin texture and overall appearance of your face. There are many other benefits of bentonite clay, for example, antibacterial effects which we will explore in other articels.
Please check our product recommendations here, to get more help against wrinkles and aging.
Bentonite Clay Masks for Wrinkles
In this section we show you a few recipes especially useful for wrinkles and aging:
The first one is a mask that boost the energy level of your skin to new heights:
“Ultimate Energy Mask:” Mix two teaspoons of bentonite clay with one teaspoon of coffee grounds plus three to six drops of tea tree oil. If you want, you can also add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Spread it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes and then gently clean it. The coffee grounds in the recipe are extremly important because it helps against puffy eyes and gives your skin an ernergy boost (because of the caffeine). In combination with the cleaning properties of the bentonite clay, this mask is a beast.
- 2 teaspoons bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon coffee grounds
- 3-6 drops tea tree oil
- 1 teaspoon ACV
The next one seems a bit odd at first, it contains cacao. That’s for the chocolate in it:
“Anti-Aging Mask:” Mix one teaspoon of ground coffee with one tablespoon cacoa powder and one tablespoon of bentonite clay. You have to add water until the paste is smooth and ready to apply on your face. Instead of water you can again use apple cider vinegar. The cacoa powder provides many anti-aging oxidants and flavonoids, which help the skin to moisturize and eventuelly leads to a glowing, fresh skin.
- 1 teaspoon ground coffee
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay
For the last one, I chose a mix that helps against pigmentation issues:
Mix two teaspoons Fuller’s Earth with one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon bentonite clay. The Fuller’s Earth has lightening properties to fade or even bleach the annoying pigmentation. You can specificly target age spots with this mask.
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 teaspoons Fuller’s Earth
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
To mix things up use ACV or rose water until the consistency is appropriate.
What Else Can I Do?
There are many other ways to fight against wrinkles and make your face look younger again. You can seperate them into two categories. One is the do-it-yourself category which includes face masks, creams, and so on. Most of them are home remedies, so it’s rather easy to use them. On the other hand, you can go to a physician and he will suggest things like botox or laser treatment.
There are many home-remedies to help prevent and improve the appearance of wrinkles.
- Vitamin C, E (antioxidants)
- Aloe Vera
- Banana Mask
- Glycolic acid peels
You can infinitely continue this list, but I want to grab the retinoids and explain this one further. Retinoids are basically the active form of Vitamin A. They remove old skin cells and try to make room for new cell growth. The effect mechanism is similar to the mechanisms described above. Among all the above mentioned products, the retinoids are the most proven ones and studies say that you can have great succes with them. By the way, many of these substances can be used with bentonite clay as a face mask. Although they tend to be more helpful on the preventive side in contrast to the following treatments.
If you go to a physician, most likely, he will suggest you more invasive treatments. That’s because these treatments have an immediate and huge impact on the wrinkles. They can use laser resurfacing to stimulate the growth of the skin, you can get a facelift or other cosmetic surgeries, e. g. injections including botox.
You have to decide for yourself which path you want to tread, but I will stick to natural products as they are cheaper and less dangerous. With every operation comes a certain risk that I don’t want to be exposed to.