Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay Mask Review
I have seen people raving about the Aztec Indian Healing Mask for years and have always been intrigued to try it. The mask currently has 20,000 reviews on Amazon and has an impressive score of 4.5 out of 5. Now that my skin is oilier and I'm more prone to hormonal breakouts and blackheads, I thought now would be the perfect time! It is basically just a big tub of pure calcium bentonite clay, which is great for deep cleansing the pores. I paid £14 including delivery.
It is recommended to either mix the powder with water or apple cider vinegar. The first time I used it, I didn’t have any apple cider vinegar yet so I just mixed the powder with water and applied it that way. It was very hard to mix and was very lumpy. When I applied it, I didn’t get the ‘pulsating’ feeling that a lot of people described in their reviews, it just dried down rock hard. This mask is very hard to remove once it has dried down completely, I had to scrub with a flannel to get some stubborn patches off. I also didn’t notice any particular difference in my skin after I used the mask. Very underwhelming!
The second time I made the mask, I used equal parts powder, water and apple cider vinegar (I was VERY nervous about putting this on my face..). It mixed completely smooth and went on the skin much better than my first attempt. I definitely felt the tightening, pulling and pulsating sensation the second time around and I left it on for 20 minutes. My skin was red after I’d scrubbed the mask off but this went down after 20 minutes and then my skin felt super clean and soft. The main thing I noticed was that immediately after I removed the mask, I had a couple of new blemishes, which must have been lurking under the surface waiting to appear and the clay drew them out to the surface. They both quickly came to a head and then disappeared within a few days. A week later, I used the mask with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar again but didn’t leave it on for so long so that it was easier to remove.
I’m definitely going to continue using this mask a few times a month, particularly on my hormonally congested chin. I think it works for cleaning out the pores so if used regularly will hopefully prevent future breakouts from forming. I would say that if you are suffering from moderate to severe acne, this could be too harsh to use on those areas because it does require rubbing to get the mask off, which could aggravate areas of acne and make them worse.
The tub will last for a long time so it is very cost effective. I would like to experiment with adding in extra ingredients like jojoba oil to make it a bit more gentle or salicylic acid for the blackhead-prone nose area.
Have you used this mask? Let me know what you think!