Thanks to my hormones, I’ve been battling with my skin for the past few months. While I’ve dealt with oily skin and the occasional pimple since I was in high school, this whole PCOS- messed up hormones scenario left me with a crazy amount of acne clusters and scars that are my hidden shame (thank god for make up). While the acne has calmed down considerably, I still get a few spots once a month and they seem to stay on forever. Add this to the fact that I live in an extremely humid city, have oily skin and I’m prone to blackheads too- sounds pretty, no?
I was beauty grazing over on Amazon when I came across the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, the reviews were amazing and the price tag wasn’t much so I wouldn’t feel stupid for buying it if it didn’t work. I am not exaggerating when I say this mask has changed my skin. After I wash it off, my pores are visibly smaller and the spots are noticeably smaller too, if not completely gone. I tried it as a spot treatment last week, applying it only to the spots and I kept it on for an hour instead of the usual twenty minutes. Some of the spots I’ve had for months vanished and the other newer ones are practically gone. Like magic!
So, here are a few things you should know about the Aztec Indian Healing Clay mask:
- The mask is 100% natural calcium bentonite clay and it free of additives, fragrances and animal products
- You create the mask by adding equal parts of water or organic apple cider vinegar and the clay powder. I prefer to use it with the clay powder, water and apple cider vinegar. I didn’t find the mask as effective with water, the apple cider vinegar makes a huge difference but I have sensitive skin so I add water to the mix
- It can be a little tricky to get the right consistency on your first try, you want to aim for a mousse like texture
- Don’t use anything metal to create the mixture, I mix it in a cheap plastic container and make a lot at once so I can store it in the fridge for whenever I want to use it later
- You can feel your skin pulsating under it. It kind of feels like your skin is heating up and throbbing a bit, but don’t worry, it’s not painful at all
- The mask hardens and tightens on your face as it dries, it’s quite uncomfortable and you can’t move your face easily. Once, I tried to eat a Subway sandwich with this thing on and the mask starting cracking off. It got messy…
- It can be hard to wash off, so you have to be patient. Also, make sure your sink has a strainer as lots of reviewers complained about it clogging their drains after they washed their face
- Your skin will be red and warm after you wash it off. This lasts for about 10 minutes on me and I just make sure to slather on a good moisturizer
- If you’re in the US, it’s should be available at your local supermarket. I haven’t seen it in stores in Dubai but you can purchase it online from souq.com and desert cart.ae
- This mask sucks the oil and impurities from your skin, which is great for oily- combination skin but I think it would be too harsh for someone with dry skin
I’ve tried so many products over the past few months and none of them were as effective as this mask. I have to stop myself from using it more than twice a week because that instantly smoother and cleaner skin is such an addictive feeling. I want my skin to feel like that everyday.
If you’re struggling with oily skin or acne, or just want an overnight spot treatment for the occasional pimple, I’d highly recommend this. I’ve tried Glamglow and in my opinion, this isn’t just cheaper, it’s way more effective as well.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay$8.12
- Deep cleanses pores
- Helps clear up acne
- Great as a spot treatment
- Huge quantity of product
- Messy to use
- Can clog your drain
- Difficult to wash off
- Uncomfortable tightening sensation
- Skin is prone to redness for 10- 30 minutes after use