I’m back, it’s a new year and I have a new favorite face mask. And this product couldn’t have come at a better time. I won’t bore you with the gory details but I’ve been sick for roughly the last month (but am finally almost better, yay!) and when my body isn’t feeling well, my skin likes to go absolutely insane. Not fun.
But there are perks to spending hours in bed feeling like garbage. The universe smiled upon me and I fell down the Amazon beauty reviews rabbit hole and discovered the immensely popular Aztec Indian Healing Clay. With 4.5/5 stars and over 7,000 reviews I knew this stuff had to be good, but now I’m convinced this one pound tub of dirt has actual magical properties.
So what’s so great about this stuff? Here are the basics, per Amazon:
- World’s most powerful facial
- Deep pore cleaning
- 100% natural calcium bentonite clay
- Does not contain: additives, fragrances, animal products
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They forgot to mention that it’s cheap! A one pound tub will set you back $9, and when you only need one tablespoon per mask, it’s going to last you a loooong time.
Now let’s get down to business. Here’s how to make the mask:
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You’ll need the clay, a non-metal bowl and spoon and apple cider vinegar. All of the Amazon faithful suggested Bragg’s Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar so that’s what I’ve got. It smells a bit like rotting apples but hey, it works.
A couple tips before you mix your mask:
- Put your hair up or out of your face because, duh.
- Eat or drink something if you want because once this baby is on your face, you can’t eat/talk/drink/smile for a good 20-30 minutes. That’s how intensely this mask dries and pulls the junk out of your face.
Once that’s out of the way it’s time to get started. Mix clay with equal part of raw apple cider vinegar (I use 1 tablespoon of each) in a non-metal bowl. Stir the mixture into a smooth paste. Apply all over the face. You should look something like this:
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Now the fun part begins. As this mask dries, you will feel your face pulsate like crazy. This is good. Don’t be scared.
The mask will become very tight while it dries and hardens. If you have oily skin like me, keep the mask on for 30 minutes. Normal and more sensitive skin can get away with 10-20 minutes.
Pro Tip: While your mask dries, take advantage of your green face and channel your inner Jim Carrey. I suggest dancing around to this song:
Once enough time has gone by and your mask is dry, soak a washcloth in warm water and lay it over your face for a minute or two to begin loosening everything up. You don’t want to try to start washing it off right away or the chips of mud will clog your drain and no one wants that.
Apply a nice, heavy moisturizer post-facial. I usually do my masks at night in the bathtub with a glass of wine I drink through a straw and follow up with the Olay Classic Night Cream.
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You’ll notice that your face is very red after the mask is off but this is normal and will go away in 30-ish minutes. You’ll probably also notice that your face is beyond smooth and soft, and that’s just one of the benefits. The others include:
- Smaller pores and cleaned-out blackheads
- Reduction in excess oil production
- Elimination of acne. Honestly, I have not had a spot since using this mask 2-3x per week for the past month and a half. And that, my friends, is a goddamn miracle.
- Softening of fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin tone is more even, rough patches are smoothed
- Glowing skin like the light of a thousand suns
In short, this tub of clay is the real deal. It’s definitely worth the money and I’m excited to try other uses for it – hair masks, foot soaks, you name it. If you’re a fan of face masks or just want to give your skin a detox to start 2016 off right, I very highly recommend picking up some Aztec Healing Clay.