Aztec Secret Clay Mask Tutorial

We’ve been hearing about the wonders of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay for some time now, so we thought we’d give it a try and share the experience with you. Just to put it out there right away…this stuff is amazing and is now officially part of our healthy skin regimen.

The clay can be purchased in a variety of sizes, ranging by pounds. We went with the 1lb option, which at $9.83, is a total bargain because 1lb will create 10 – 15 facials. The clay is 100% calcium benzonite and is sourced from Death Valley, California. It comes in powder form and when mixed with water, becomes a sort of magnet that pulls toxins, oils, and metals towards it. Sounds wild, and it sort of is because you can actually feel the pulling sensation as the mask hardens. But don’t worry, it’s completely safe and natural.

According to the Aztec Secret site

“When a facial or clay poultice is applied to the skin it forms a negative charge. Poisons and toxins stored in the epidermis have a positive charge – Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay lifts the pimple and blackheads into the clay bed to cause accelerated healing and nourishment to the skin with over 50 minerals.100% NATURAL.”

Not only is it natural and fragrance and paraben-free, Aztec Secret is vegan and is not tested on animals.

STEP 1: PREP THE TOOLS

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Because of the response the clay has to metals, you’ll want to make sure to mix the facial using glass, wooden or ceramic bowls and utensils.

STEP 2: GATHER THE INGREDIENTS

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The instructions say to mix the powder with equal parts water and/or apple cider vinegar. We didn’t know how much it would make because it was our first time, so we went with 1/2 cup of clay powder, 1/2 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. In the end, this yielded about 3 masks, so if you are doing this solo, you can can get by comfortably with 1/4 or 1/8 cup of water and clay powder with apple cider vinegar as optional. We were going to forego the apple cider vinegar initially, but added it in the end to help smooth out the texture a bit more.

STEP 3: MIX IT UP!

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You’ll spend about 5 minutes mixing the ingredients together to get the texture smooth enough, but go ahead and adjust powder, water, and acv until it looks and feels right. The point is to get it to a consistency that can easily spread on your face and that isn’t overly clumpy. There is no “perfect” here.

STEP 4: PUT IT ON

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Start spreading the clay mix on your face and under your jawline (if you break out there) so that it’s about 1/4 inch thick, avoiding eyes and mouth.

STEP 5: TAKE A BREAK

Once the clay is on, it’s time to chill. For super sensitive skin, leave the mask on for about 10 minutes. For normal skin, 20 minutes should do the trick. You’ll get a sense for how long you want it on because, as mentioned earlier, you’ll begin to feel a pulsating and pulling sensation as the mask hardens. We took ours off after that feeling stopped, which was about 20 minutes.

STEP 6: WASH IT OFF

All you need to do to take the mask off is wash your face with warm water. It’ll take a few minutes as the clay softens and comes off, but it’s relatively easy. After we got most of it off, we washed our face further with some African Botanics Pure Marula Cleansing Oil to remove any last little bits.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Test, test, test. Some people may not like the pulling sensation of the facial, so we highly recommend testing a small patch of skin first to make sure you are 1) comfortable with it and 2) your skin reacts normally. Really, this is a recommendation for any new beauty products you try.
  • Don’t make too much! As noted in Step 2 above, we made enough for about 3 facials. Use your judgement on how much you want to make based on our measurements.
  • Even though we said to avoid your eyes when applying the facial, really be careful because the mask goes on thick and you may accidentally spread it too close unintentionally. Let’s just say, we were pulling it out of our eyelashes! Oops.
  • Some folks report redness after the mask is washed off, but that should subside after 30 minutes.