Hi everyone 🙂 Today has most definitely been a lazy, spa-day Sunday so I decided to do an impromptu post about my favorite go to face mask!
Being the makeup hoarder that I am, I’m always changing around my makeup and skincare routines—some of which agree with my skin and some that don’t. Time, environment, and stress all affect my skin and unfortunately, I’ve been experiencing many breakouts so I had to bust out the heavy duty Aztec Healing Clay Face Mask. This stuff is genuinely magical. I say magical because there is certainly magic taking place. I initially heard about this clay mask by all time favorite beauty guru, Irene Sarah then later on from Jaclyn Hill. I decided to give it a go and to my surprise, I love it.
Many people have been raving about the Glam Glow Mask, I, myself, have been very intrigued solely because of the glamorous packaging and the influx of media attention it’s getting due to celebrities swearing by it. When I went into Sephora to take a peak at what all the babble is about–I take out the jar and it’s so tiny (hmph!)…Now, I’m ALL about splurging on beauty products but not a facemask that costs $69 for 12oz! To be honest, I’d rather spend it on make-up 😉 Through online testimonials and friends that I know personally, the reviews are mediocre for Glam Glow. I did my research and discovered that the active ingredients in Glam Glow are the exact same in this Indian Healing Clay Mask!
You all know how important I think it is for us to know what we put ON our bodies just as much as what we put IN to it. Therefore, I wrote up some brief facts about the active ingredient in the Indian Healing Clay. I’m almost positive you will love what you learn so let’s get right into it!
- Bentonite clay is basically aged, volcanic ash. It got the name from the largest known deposit of Bentonite Clay in Fort Benton, Wyoming.
- Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to it’s capability to create an “electrical charge” when hydrated.
- When the clay is in contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins.
- This clay is known as “swelling clay”-when mixed with apple cider vinegar or any type of liquid; it swells up 3x as big like a porous sponge (you can actually physically see the clay swell and the pores that are formulated)!
- This mask then acts like a magnetic sponge pulling out dirt, impurities, oils and toxins from the skin.
- Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge that binds with many positive charged toxins.
I like to use this mask with Apple Cider Vinegar as it’s advised on the jar to do so. You can see the countless benefits in one of my previous posts by clicking here. Also, because of the properties that Bentonite Clay inherits, DO NOT mix your mixture with a metal spoon, it will make the face mask less potent and won’t work as well since it reacts to certain metals. This mask is very strong, y’all. I recommend only using it once a week. I usually wear it Friday night after a long week of constant makeup, dirt and oil buildup. I leave it on for 25 minutes and it is INTENSE. Like it says on the jar, you can seriously feel your face pulsate! When I take it off, I wet my face with warm water to break apart the clay then wash my face. My face is VERY red when it comes off, this is why I highly recommend you use it only at night or when you don’t have any plans for 30 minutes. Don’t forget to use a heavy moisturizer to leave your face hydrated! The next day, you will wake up super clean and refreshed.
(I bought my mask at the beginning of the year when it retailed on Amazon for approximately $20, I looked online and it’s so much cheaper now…I may have to stock up)! Click here to purchase 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this spa mask post!