Yes, the Aztec clay mask is definitely worth it. Here’s why you should try it and what to know beforehand.
As a woman with sensitive, drier skin, I am Great picky about the skin care products I buy. I stick to my skin care staples (looking at you, TruSkin Vitamin C Serum and CeraVe Retinol Serum) and try new products with caution. Recently, however, my skin was asking for something new and fresh.
After moving to a new location and experiencing a streak of hot (and sweaty) weather, my face felt dull enough to say it nicely. No matter how much I cleaned and washed, I felt like I couldn’t get rid of the grime in my skin. I quickly realized that I needed something to really cleanse my pores and make my skin look brand new. So I decided to use the Aztec clay mask, a top-notch clay mask on Amazon.
What is a clay mask?
A clay mask is a face mask made from a certain type of clay, whether it is white clay, green clay, or bentonite clay. There are many benefits of using a clay mask, including pore cleansing and oil absorption. Think of it as a mask that sucks the bad things (dirt, bacteria, and excess oil) out of your pores.
The Aztec clay mask is made from bentonite clay, a fine clay made from aged volcanic ash. This type of clay has been used as a skin remedy for thousands of years, and for good reason, it is a powerful product.
Examination of the Aztec clay mask
My best friend, who has amazing skin, recommended this product to me. As my skin is drier, I am always careful to use products that could dry it out completely. Bentonite clay masks suck up dirt and excess oil from your skin so I was a little worried my face would feel like Sahara and would need a ton of moisturizer to improve it. However, after reading some of the thousands of rave reviews, I had to give it a try.
Prepare my skin
I used a makeup remover to remove all of the makeup from my face before applying the mask, including my eyeliner and mascara. The more bare the face, the better! Then I grabbed the clay pot and got ready to mix.
Mix the mask
As the packaging says to use non-metallic utensils when mixing, I mixed the clay with water in a plastic bowl with a rubber spatula. You can mix clay with raw apple cider vinegar, too, which many happy critics have done. I mixed about five tablespoons of clay with ten tablespoons of water and quickly realized that a little clay made a long manner. I ended up with a lot more mask than I needed, so if you are making this mask for yourself I recommend reducing the measurements. If you end up with extra clay, the packaging says you can use the mixture for things like foot baths, body wraps, and even to soothe insect bites.
Once the mask was almost smooth, I applied it to my face. It went smoothly and I was able to cover my entire face with about 1/8 of an inch coating in no time. The label says leave the mask on for five to ten minutes if you have delicate skin, so I continued with my normal routine until the time was up.
Let the mask dry
After about two minutes, I could feel the mask working. I felt my face tingle and tighten, and the mask was drying quickly. FYI, the longer the mask dries, the harder it is to move your face, so if you need to smile, try to do so before the mask dries. In fact, the mask starts to crack a bit as it dries, even without moving your face! When the ten minutes passed, the mask was almost completely dry and my face was very tight, but it wasn’t painful.
Wash off the mask
I washed the mask off my face with lukewarm water in my bathroom sink. It took about five minutes of constant washing to remove the entire mask, and luckily nothing came off in large pieces. I didn’t feel any redness on my face after washing off the mask, but it is normal to see slight redness afterwards. It should go away in about 30 minutes if this happens.
After wiping my face I was blown away by the feel of my skin. It was so soft and clean, and I didn’t feel any additional dryness. Ten minutes later, I had to stop myself from touching my face because my skin was this Well. To say that I was impressed (and now obsessed) is an understatement.
The pros of the Aztec clay mask:
- It is easy to mix and apply
- A small product goes a long way
- It is a fast acting product, it only takes 10 minutes to do its job
- My skin looked amazing after using it
The disadvantages of the Aztec clay mask:
- It took a while to wash off
- It may leave green stains in your sink after washing, but they are easy to wipe off. If bigger chucks come loose, however, it’s easy to pull them out of the sink and throw them in the trash.
- It can be difficult to get a completely smooth texture when mixing, but the longer you mix, the smoother it becomes.
Aztec clay mask tips
- Start with a small amount of clay and water at the start; you can always add more as needed
- If you are concerned that the mask will irritate your face, test it on a small part of your skin first.
- Keep a damp washcloth near the sink in case the mixing, application, or removal gets messy
Other opinions on the Aztec clay mask
At the time of this writing, there were 19,707 Aztec clay mask reviews on Amazon. Here are some of them:
Lindsay: “WOW! This stuff is like magic! My teenager has really bad acne which caused him a lot of self esteem issues. I applied this product ONCE and half of his acne was gone! After three applications, she has ZERO acne! I am amazed at how well this stuff works!
Kat: “So far I love this mask! I can’t even imagine how many masks I’m going to get out of this mask and it’s so easily customizable for what your skin needs! It took me a few tries to determine the consistency, but I noticed that letting it sit a bit helps to mix everything up. It’s crazy how you can feel everything coming to the surface so I know it sinks deep into my pores but my ultra sensitive skin is not irritated at all! I love adding apple cider vinegar, honey, lavender EO and TTO to mine! “
Madelyn: “Love it! I tried it with water and with apple cider. Both liquids work well, but apple cider definitely works better. I have very sensitive skin (thanks to my eczema) and it worked so well. My skin was red for 30 minutes after that but it is totally normal, it even says on the bottle. It works better than anything I bought from Ulta. Buy it and thank you later.
And I’m not the only one to Reader’s Digest who likes this product; Editor-in-Chief Emma Taubenfeld says she loves it: “It made my skin so soft and smooth, eased acne scars and overall my face is healthier.”
One hundred percent yes, the Aztec clay mask is definitely worth it! If you are looking for a powerful clay mask that makes you feel like a million dollars, add this product to your cart ASAP.
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