Thursday, March 22, 2012

DIY clay mask

My mom told me about Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (I think she read it on some Korean forum) and how it's great for troubled and oily skin. So I had to do some research for myself because even though it's my mama I don't want to go by her words only and spend money on something I've never heard of. I've read so many reviews on Amazon and majority of them are all positive reviews. People rave about this stuff and why am I only hearing about it now? Some people say they used it on poison ivy, eczema, zits, blackheads, large pores, bruises, chigger and bug bites. Mostly people with acne proned skin and oily skin says they love it and can't live without it. So out of curiosity I went out to Whole Foods and bought it along with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar because you have to mix equal parts together. You can also buy it on Amazon.

(taken from their website)
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it is sun-ddried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees. 

Clays have been used for centuries to beautify and refresh when used as a facial mask. Cleopatra used clay from the Nile river and the Arabian desert over 1800 years ago, as part of her beauty ritual. German and Roman spas have been using clay packs and treatments in the spas they built 4,000 years ago. Many of these spas still exist and use clay even today. Pliney the Elder devoted an entire chapter of his Natural History to the many uses of clay for pimples, black heads and skin tightening. Many famous naturopaths, such as Kuhn, Just and Kneipp have contributed to the revival of the uses of clay through their natural treatments for arthritus and skin alignments. The use of clay with apple cider vinegar can be dated back to the southern French priest of the 16th century, Kneipp, and his natural treatments using clay packs and poultices. Throughout the history the used of clay, specifically green clay or bentonite, is well documented.

So the directions says to mix equal parts with the powder and apple cider vinegar and to apply it evenly to the face. Use a non-metal bowl and utensil. Stir the mixture into a smooth paste. Add more clay or liquid as needed. Let it dry for 5-10 mins for delicate skin and 15-20 mins for normal skin. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation. Feel your face pulsate! Remove clay by washing with warm water. Slight redness of the skin is normal and will disappear in about 30 minutes. Afterwards I applied vitamin E oil and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and then took a washcloth and ran it under hot water, squeezed out all the water and then laid it over my face to let the oil sink into my skin. I repeat that about 3-4 times and wipe away any excess oil.

After trying this only once I can definitely see a difference. My skin feels and looks smoother. Also since it's a deep pore cleansing mask it will pull up all the bacteria deep down in your pores so if you break out from this don't stop using it. It's only temporary and will go away. I can't wait to do it again.

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