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The $13 Clay Mask SI Swimsuit Models Swear By

We would willingly pay much more for this.

I’d heard rumors about an inexpensive natural clay mask that clears and brightens skin’s appearance like no other and respectfully doubted the claims. Could a $13 mask available on Amazon really beat out the fancy concoctions triple the price that always make their way into my basket on the Sephora checkout line? Then I saw Winnie Harlow use it in a Vogue beauty tutorial. So naturally I had to give it a try. The answer is absolutely, yes.

Aztek Secret Indian Healing Clay, which is simply bentonite, is a powder you mix with water or preferably, apple cider vinegar. The super simple DIY mask leaves skin feeling purified and clean, but not stripped or irritated. After using it twice a week for a month my (unfortunately) acne-prone skin saw considerably less breakouts. I’ve had my jar of magical healing powder for about a year now, and with weekly use have roughly a third of the jar left. How’s that for beauty on a budget.

Josephine Skriver recently shared an Instagram story showing herself using this mask so we figured it was time to help spread the word about this beauty cabinet must-have.

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What you need:

  • Aztek Secret Indian Healing Clay
  • Water or apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered, with the ‘Mother’)
  • a cup for mixing
  • a spoon or clean makeup brush for stirring and applying

Start with equal parts powder to liquid and mix well until you achieve a paste-like consistency. Apply all over the face, avoiding delicate eye area. Leave on until the clay dries and becomes hardened (about 10-15 minutes), then gently remove with lukewarm water and a soft wash cloth.