Let me tell you about my skin. I have always had super oily skin. Since hitting puberty, blotting sheets, face powder and mattifying-anything have been part of my beauty must-haves because an hour after putting on make-up, the oilies will start showing up on my T-zone, then eventually, the rest of my face and neck. I consider myself lucky because they say that those with oily skin don’t show signs of ageing as quickly compared to those with dry skin. I have to say though that it’s both a bane and a blessing.
Large and sometimes clogged pores, blackheads, occasional breakouts and of course, that shine that cannot be mistaken for a youthful glow are just a few of the problems I have to deal with. Masks were never my thing I have to admit. I used to experiment with egg whites when I was a teen, peel-off masks, too but eventually just did away with them after noticing that they didn’t do much to improve my skin’s texture.
Now at 34 years old, I noticed that the blackheads around my nose and all over my chin are getting so annoying and I needed something to get rid of them. I didn’t want to have facials done because I’m too lazy and impatient.😹 So after reading about the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, I headed to the nearest Healthy Options. I always go there to buy a lot of stuff but didn’t really find the clay so appealing because the packaging looks gaudy.
I mix 1 Tbsp clay and 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar in a non-metallic container. It starts to fizz but after a few seconds of mixing, it becomes a paste then I apply it with a foundation brush.
After 10 minutes when it dries a bit, my face begins to pulsate and I feel a slight pulling, tugging and tingling sensation. It’s quite enjoyable actually because I know that it’s doing something. I leave it on for a total of 30 minutes although this is completely a personal preference and it has worked quite well for me so far. While the mask is on, talking may be a challenge because it feels tight on the skin and I can hardly move my face. It dries almost completely and starts to crack in places where I piled it on most.
Then I step into the shower, just letting the water soften the mask before I gently remove it from my face using circular motions with my fingers. The redness around my face may look a little scary but nothing to worry about, it goes away after a few minutes.
After washing it off, my face feels a lot softer and cleaner. Sure, there are still tiny bumps and blackheads on my chin, nose and forehead, but my skin’s texture has improved a lot since I started using this mask three weeks ago. I only use it on Saturday mornings although I have been thinking of doing it twice a week, maybe I will see more dramatic results. I even used it on my daughter’s upper arm where she has a few bumps. After just one use, the bumps were reduced quite significantly.
What I love:
- The price! You only pay a little over Php 400 for a huge tub. 1 lb of clay can give you more than 20 uses. I may have more than enough to last a year.
- It’s the world’s most powerful facial. Well, that’s a huge claim but not at all farfetched. At least for me!
- It’s locally available
- I have used sheet masks and peel-off masks in the past but none of them gave me similar results
What I don’t love:
- While mixing with the ACV, it starts to dry out after 20 seconds so better apply it quickly
- If you’re sensitive to scent, the ACV may be a little off-putting but tolerable
Would I continue using it and repurchase if I run out?
Oh and by the way, I used my brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 to take photos and write this blog using the WordPress app.❤