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.