I absolutely love trying new beauty products, especially when it comes to skin care. I have had a love hate relationship with my skin since the good old days of puberty. My skin has calmed down quite a bit as I get older, but I still like to make sure I give it extra TLC.
My Skin History-
I thought a brief history on my skin will give you a better idea of how this product can really benefit someone who is prone to acne break outs. When I entered puberty my skin erupted with cystic acne. Now cystic acne isn’t your run of the mill acne. Cystic acne is a bacterial infection deep within the a pore. Cystic acne will be much deeper into the skin then a regular pimple, resulting in a large, painful zit. Because cystic acne penetrates so deep into the skin, if you have this condition is it very common to have hyper-pigmentation long after you skin clears up. This means that you will have dark spots that remain on your face. (Cystic acne just keeps on giving long after it’s gone – UGH!)
From my last year of Middle school and all the way through High School I suffered with pretty much my entire face being covered with zits and white heads. Anyone who has had acne knows how it can affect your self-confidence and make you just want to disappear. I pretty much tried everything when it came to trying to prevent my acne. A lot of the over the counter medications were way to strong and harsh on my skin – leaving it peeling or getting huge dry spots. Anything my dermatologist could offer me medication wise had a laundry list of side effects and I didn’t really notice a huge difference from them. What I did find to work was regular facials, but they were so pricey and man did those extractions kill!
Aztec clay was one of the all-natural products that really helped me see a huge difference in the appearance of my skin.
What you will need:
- Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Application brush
- Mixing Bowl
- Face Serum (Optional)
Directions for Application-
- You are going to need a clean mixing bowl to place the clay into. I usually take a small spoon and use a full scoop. You don’t need very much of the dry clay to get a good amount of product. It is always best to start with less and add more if needed.
- Next you want to add an equal part of the Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix the two ingredients very well until it forms a thick paste.
- Before I apply the mask, I like to put on a face serum. The mask pushes deep into the pores of your face, the mask will push the serum down into those layers if placed on the skin before the mask. I mentioned about that I have some hyper pigmentation from acne scarring, so today I used the Bliss “Peeling Groovy Facial Serum”.
- Next, I like to use a MAC 190 brush to apply a thick layer of the paste mixture to my entire face. I find the MAC 190 is the perfect size for controlling where you spread the product.
- You want to leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation when the mask is ready to come off.
- When removing any kind of mask or skin care product, you want to be very delicate so as not to damage the skin. I always use my wet hands and rub soft, small circles around my entire face. Resist the urge to rub hard and quickly! Your skin is significantly more delicate when it is wet. Being gentle with your wet skin will ensure that there are no damages to the skin that could result in more acne.
- If you have to use a washcloth to get any excess off, make sure it is a very soft wash cloth and move slowly and carefully.
- After any mask you apply you should always re-hydrate the skin with a facial lotion. This will help the skin replenish some of the moisture it lost from the clay.
- Extremely affordable – I was able to get a full pound of the clay for about $10 on Amazon.
- From the moment you remove the mask you and see and feel a difference in the quality of your skin.
- Easy to mix and apply.
- All natural, not tested on animals, and no added fillers.
- Can be used all over the body
- The Apple Cider Vinegar gives the mask a pretty pungent smell. I don’t find this to be a problem, but I can see how some people would not agree with it.
- When you remove the mask your skin can be slightly red. This usually goes away in about 30 minutes.
If you are prone to breakouts this is going to be your new BFF! Leave comments below if you have tried or are going to try this mask. Images of all of the items needed for the mask will be listed and clickable below – So you can easily pick them up!
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