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The Master Cleanse of Masks: Aztec Indian Healing Clay & Apple Cider Vinegar

Every so often your skin needs a rest from your daily skincare regimen. Although, I exfoliate regularly and follow a cycle of different serums and moisturizers to ensure that my skin doesn’t experience “product fatigue” (at which point your regular products become less effective) – sometimes I want to hit the reset button and give my skin a deep cleaning. That’s when I whip up a batch of Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask. The natural calcium bentonite/green clay in the mask is known for its strong drawing action which cleanses the skin by pulling out impurities and eliminating toxins.

The instructions on the container of Aztec Indian Healing Clay recommend mixing together equal parts of the clay and the vinegar. Initially, I mixed 1/4 cup of the Healing Clay with 1/4 cup Bragg’s Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. This is way more than you need, the first time I did it I found myself wandering around the house offering my family facials since I didn’t want to waste the mask. As soon as you combine the two ingredients you will see that the mixture starts to fizz and bubble-up a bit. Once fully mixed together, the mixture is a bit like a thick soup. I add additional clay since the mask should be more like a stiff paste. The instructions indicate that you should apply 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the mask to your face – this is way too much. I apply closer to 1/8 inch of mask to my face so that it would be able to dry sometime before the holidays (seriously). Once the mask is applied you will feel a tingling sensation – which I love. I get positively giddy when there is a physical indication that a product is working! As the mask dries it get extremely stiff – as in “you will not be able to move your face” stiff. The mask stays on for 5-10 minutes for sensitive skin or up to 20 minutes for normal skin.

When you are ready to remove the mask, use warm water and a wash cloth to gently remove the mask. When I first started removing the mask, I experienced a bit of discomfort as the washcloth flaked off the dry chunks of mask. It is a bit more comfortable if you splash warm water on your face and let some of the mask dissolve before using the washcloth to remove it. Once fully removed, my face looked and felt ultra-clean, but not stripped or dry. There may be some redness after removing the mask, but this tends to subside after 30 minutes or so. One of my particularly pesky pores on my nose had also been emptied of its typically overflowing supply of oil and looked dramatically smaller. To finish the treatment, I apply Boscia Balancing Facial Toner and GoodSkin Exten-10 Instant Youth Boosting Moisturizer SPF 15. The mask an be used weekly or more frequently if needed. However, if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend not using it more than bi-weekly.

 

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By day, I am a busy marketing executive, mother of a 9 year-old daughter, and wife. At night, I put on my cool black eyeglasses, Stila Fiery long-wearing lipstick and become Ageist Beauty, a makeup, skincare and anti-aging product-obsessed beauty blogger with a particular passion for minimizing the pores of women across the globe.

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