Doing mask is one of my favorite activities (if that’s considered an activity?) during the weekend. In fact, mask + lemon tea + Netflix is my receipt of ultimate relaxation, I know, I’m just such a granny!
Today, I would like to talk about the ultimate deep cleansing mask: the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, which I came across about a year ago – my cousin got this for me while I was visiting New York (I still don’t know where she found this gem, because it was definitely not in Sephora or Ulta). I have to say, I wasn’t expecting anything from this mask at the beginning, I mean, it doesn’t have the most enticing package in the world (it’s quite the opposite if I’m being completely honest). After lugging it back from the U.S., for very long time (we are talking about at least a month), I kept it in my kitchen cabinet, because it just looks like it belongs there… Sorry!
I have tried countless facial masks, so often than not, I’m immune to marketing slogans – these are just so many products that promise the world, but don’t deliver the results. So you can imagine I had a lot of doubt when I saw this mask says “Word’s Most Powerful Facial” on the package. “Let’s see if it ends up finding itself in my pile of disappointing masks” – that’s what I was thinking when I cracked it open.
It’s an interesting and non-interesting product at the same time. Interesting because it looks so plain, so simple. It practically has zero marketing element to it -no fancy container, no colorful design, no scent, and no intriguing texture. In the world where all beauty products come with outrageously gorgeous and often unnecessary packages, this is an outlier for sure. It’s also non-interesting for the exact same reason, it’s that simple that you don’t know what to say about it. So let’s just cut the chase and go straight to how it works, shall we (though I have probably already rambled way too much)?
I take a few teaspoons of the clay, mix it with some apple cider vinegar, Manuka honey and a bit of water, using either chopsticks or a wooden spoon to mix all of them together to form a thick paste. Note here: I’m not going to lie, it does take a bit of trial and error to find out what’s the balance for you. Too much liquid can make the mask too watery and too little can make it too thick to apply.
Now, you may wonder why I added apple cider vinegar and manuka honey to the mix. In fact, both of them contain active ingredients that have been proven to have various skin care benefits. For instance, apple cider vinegar can be used alone to calm down irritated skin due to acne and pimple breakouts, and honey is an excellent nature product that’s full of antioxidant properties (I’ve a full post dedicated to talk about how much I love honey here), which I often use by itself and apply directly to my eye areas for hydrating and anti-aging purpose. So combining these two with the clay, the mask is like an ultimate powder house.
So, back to the mask itself. It’s indeed the most powerful facial I have ever tried in my life. The first time using it, I felt like it sucked out all the gunks and dirt that have accumulated on my face for years. It doesn’t feel stripping, but it does look pretty scary and creepy. Be warned, my photos below are not pretty!
After applying the mask for about 5-10 mins, you will start noticing the color of the mask changing from dark green to light green as the clay starts to dry out and sucks out the dirt underneath the very surface of your skin. Also, as you can see in my photo (the photos were taken about 5 mins and 7 mins after application, respectively), the mask itself will start cracking, form into small squares of dried out clays, I always have goose bumps at this stage when looking at myself in the mirror. Once the entire mask has turned to light green, I’ll leave it on for another 10 mins or so, before washing off.
When the mask is gone, my skin immediately feels more refreshed, squeaky clean and has a bit of burning sensation – this is the scary part, as you can see in my photo above. But I’m guessing the burning sensation and the redness is actually the result of increased blood circulation? The redness doesn’t go away right away, for me, it usually lasts for about an hour. It is a pretty intense mask, I mean, it says it’s the “World’s most powerful facial”, so very unlikely it will be all gentle and mild. Just to calm down my skin properly, I always follow up with a hydrating or a calming mask afterwards, such as the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal mask, or GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD hydrating mask.
I don’t use this mask every week (once a month is more than enough for me) because you really don’t need to, and also to be honest, it’s not the most convenient mask to put on – you need to mix it yourself, wash the mask bowl, and trust me, washing the mask off is NOT a piece of cake! But every time I do use it, I’m amazed at the magic it can do. So if you feel like a deep cleansing, and doesn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars in a beauty salon (which may not be as effective as this one), I highly recommend you give this one a try – oh did I mention, it’s unbelievably cheap? You can get it on Amazon for $7.5 (!!!), and a jar of this is going to last you a very long time…
A bit of friendly warning though: if you have sensitive skin, do not add too much apple cider vinegar to the mix, or omit it all together at the beginning to see how much your skin can handle, and build it up from there. Also, don’t leave it on for too long, otherwise, you may end up having a bit of red cheeks the next day.