Easy DIY Clay Masks

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One of my favorite natural beauty products I've discovered is the Aztec Secret Healing Clay. I wrote about it in another article, where I shared my favorite natural beauty items from the drugstore, but now I want to show you exactly how I use it. The big jar of jade green powder can seem a little intimidating, but once you have a few simple techniques, it will be your new favorite.

On the back of the jar, it warns against mixing the mask up with anything metal, and that is for good reason because clay pulls positively charged ions (toxins and heavy metals) to the surface. That is precisely why it makes a fantastic detox mask for the skin. Clay removes impurities, increases circulation, and lightly resurfaces the skin in the process. Here are my favorite ways to mix up a mask when my skin is inflamed or dull. 

CLAY HONEY MASK

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Raw honey is a skin softener, and it naturally contains enzymes and good bacteria that balance skin. When mixed with detoxifying clay, honey nourishes the skin for a gentle glow and the clay removes impurities with a magnetic force. After washing it away, your skin will feel bouncy, clean, and hydrated.

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Mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey with 1 tablespoon of the clay powder in a small ceramic bowl until completely combined. Apply the mixture to dry, clean skin and let it sit for about 20 minutes. 

CLAY MUD MASK 

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The classic "pulsating" clay mask is perfect for days when the skin is extra oily, inflamed, or starting to break out.

Mix equal parts clay and water to form a thick paste will form. Apply all over the skin, keeping it away from the sensitive skin around the eye area.

As time passes the clay will dry and the skin will tighten (try not to talk at this point). You may start to feel the pulsing sensation which means your circulation is increasing. More blood flow to the skin means more skin cell renewal and natural cleansing of toxins. After about 15-25 minutes, or whenever the mask is completely dry, use a washcloth to gently rinse the mask with warm water. Redness is a natural side effect of the circulation rush, but it will subside after about 30 minutes. Your skin will be smooth, visibly brighter, and you may notice a few shrunken pimples or blackheads. 

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.