Bentone gel is derived from hectorite clay and castor oil. It is used primarily to enhance the texture of cosmetic formulas by masking ingredients with greasy or tacky textures and creating a smooth emulsion that’s well blended and won’t separate.
Bentone gel benefits for skin
Bentone gel, a mixture of clay and castor oil, is used to create a smooth, silky texture for Xtend-Life’s Age Defying Cleansing Mask, a product meant to enhance the benefits of Xtend-Life’s daily skin care line. It also works in synergy with the mask’s active ingredients, helping them better cleanse and hydrate skin, leaving it smoother and silkier.
Bentone gel allows for a thicker formula that goes on smoothly but stays put so ingredients can properly penetrate the skin, cleansing and moisturizing to help improve skin’s texture.
Because the mask has a thicker viscosity, ingredients such as moisturizers and antioxidants can work harder to fight free radicals that result in signs of aging, supporting a more youthful, supple look with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
Bentone gel – used in place of polymer or cellulose-based emulsions for more effective, skin-friendlier results - helps the formula’s active ingredients better deep clean pores while supporting the collagen and elastin proteins that are vital to radiant, ageless skin.
Uses of Bentone Gel
In addition to being used in skin care products, bentone gel is used in cosmetics including eye shadow, foundation and lip colors to improve the texture and application of the products. It is also commonly used in antiperspirants and sun care products.
Source and sustainability of Bentone Gel
Bentone gel – a product of Elementis Specialties, a company based in the United Kingdom - is sourced from hectorite clay, first discovered in Hector, a city in San Bernardino County, California, and dispersed in castor oil, creating the gel formula. While hectorite is rare, Hector’s mine is sitting on a large deposit of the clay. Both hectorite clay and castor oil – pressed from one of the oldest plants on earth - are considered sustainable products.
Castor oil is also being considered a renewable energy source to be used in place of petroleum.
Reviews and testimonials
Bentone gel is used in the Xtend-Life formula for its Age Defying Cleansing Mask.
“I been using Xtend-Life’s cleansing face mask and found it to be very good...perhaps the best cleansing mask I ever used. It deep cleanses and rejuvenates my skin without drying or irritating it!”