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
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.
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.