As ladies, we love to glam up, pamper ourselves, and feel fabulous whenever we can. Achieving the perfect winged eyeliner and a flawless contour has become #lifegoals in the makeup world. A huge part of having lovely makeup is taking great care of your skin. The stress of life, toxic environments, bacteria, and diet all take a toll on our skin, as it is the largest organ on our body. Everything that we use on our bodies or come in direct contact with is absorbed by the skin's epidermal layer. Consequently, a consistent healthy skin care regimen is essential for keeping your skin clear and glowing. I usually like to do a weekly deep cleansing mask to rid my pores of any excess debris and toxins. Today on Mask Monday I'm sharing one of my favorite go-to facial masks!

 

I've been using this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay for years. It's 100% natural and made from pure bentonite clay. It shrinks pores, reduces acne scars, firms skin, and cleanses. The clay can also be used to reduce skin irritation caused by poison ivy or mosquito bites anywhere on the body. You can typically purchase it from any natural market or health food store, usually for under $10. 

(Little Tip: This clay can also be used to clarify/cleanse your natural hair, but that's a whole different post in itself. ) 

 

Here's what you'll need to make your mask mixture: 

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Glass or Plastic Bowl

Glass or Plastic Bowl

 

Preparation: 

  1. Mix clay with equal parts apple cider vinegar in mixing bowl. Be sure to use a non-metal bowl and mixing utensil. 
  2. Stir the mixture well, until it becomes a smooth pasty consistency. 
  3. Incorporate additional clay or apple cider vinegar to even out the mixture as needed.

Application: 

  1. Use your fingers or a wooden applicator to apply a thin to moderate layer of the mixture on your face. 
  2. Allow the mixture to dry for 5-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the layer and delicacy of your skin. (5-10 minutes for delicate skin, and 15-20 minutes for normal skin) 
  3. You will experience a pulling and tightening sensation as the mask dries. Try not to scratch or distort your face, as not to disturb the mask. 
  4. Remove the clay by rinsing your face with warm water. Slight redness is normal and usually disappears within 30 minutes. 

I like to follow this mask with a hydrating moisturizer, as the clay can sometimes dry out my skin. I apply this mask about once a week, unless I'm trying out a new product or using one of my other homemade mask recipes. 

Whether you are trying out this mask for the first time or have used it before, please let me know your thoughts on it. It's been a staple in my household for years and I recently started using it again after a long hiatus. Since we all have a variety of skin types, everyone responds differently to certain products. I've found that I have to switch up my skincare periodically to avoid irritation and irresponsiveness caused by overuse of one particular product. I'm looking forward to sharing more homemade facial products with you all in the upcoming weeks. So many great all natural skincare concoctions can be made right in the comfort of your home, using everyday ingredients that you have lying around your kitchen.

Happy Mask Monday!

-Saína