Pore Cleansing Mask

Skin care is a booming market these days and we are always hearing about the latest and greatest masks, creams, and scrubs. Well, go ahead and add this one to your list! A girlfriend and I got together for dinner, drinks, and masks last week and she introduced me to the oh, so magical Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. 

What Is It? 

I went into our girls night mask completely blind, so I decided to do a little research on this product to see what all the hype was. According to the trusty internet, Aztec Secret is  a volcanic ash that contains more than 50 minerals. When it is applied to the skin, it creates a negative charge against the skin. The impurities our skin contain hold a positive charge creating a reaction to the clay mask drawing out all toxins. Pretty cool, right?

How Do I Use It? 

This is a once-a-week mask. In a wooden or glass bowl (Remember the charged part? This matters!), mix equal parts clay and apple cider vinegar. Sounds gross, right? Smells just as bad as it sounds! For sensitive skin (and noses) you can substitute water for ACV and have similar results. Combine the mixture using a wooden spoon and apply a semi-thick layer to your face. Allow it to dry. The suggested wait time is 15-20 minutes, but mine took closer to 30 to fully dry. If you have sensitive skin, it is suggested a 5-10 minute sit time. Rinse with warm water to remove.

What Does It Feel Like? 

I’ve been excited to write this part! The way this mask feels is so s t r a n g e! It goes on like your average mask: cold, goopy, green. After we applied, we sat around with our wine and dinner waiting for it to dry. At first it feels pretty normal, maybe a little stiff, but normal. As it begins to dry completely the mask itself starts to tighten causing your skin to actually pulsate. The longer it sits, the more it tightens, and the more you feel your face pulsating! It’s the craziest thing! Eventually your face is so tight that laughing and communicating is nearly impossible. My advice- don’t catch the giggles! It hurts a little!

The After-Math

Let’s talk about the removal. I know I initially said “rinse with water”. Sounds nice, right? This is more of a “scrub with water” type of situation. Once water is applied the mask begins to dissolve and return to it’s original goopy state. If you’re patient enough, it will wipe off smoothly. If you’re like me, you’ll wet and scrub… a lot. After the mask is washed away and you’re left with your fresh face, you will mostly likely notice redness. The redness will linger for a little while, but should be clear by morning leaving you with a smooth, rejuvenated face!

How Did It Work For You?

I’ve shared my experience! I’d love to know if you have tried this mask or others that you find to be beneficial for our delicate skin and what you thought of them!

One Comment

  1. ruthedunn

    CeraVe for me….. and sunscreen… a necessity for keeping skin young. A Dermatologist told me, to get busy and use it day and night. Wish I had known that years ago.


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