I am a skin care addict. Just taking one look into my bathroom vanity would be proof enough. Once I hit 30, I started worrying about all those fine line and wrinkles; not to mention the acne that I thought would be history by now. Growing up, I never wore sunscreen. In fact, I used oil to bake myself in the sun. Stupid, but I know I am not the only one to have had a delayed wake up call to proper skin care.
I am the type of person who just doesn’t buy something because it looks pretty or because I saw an advertisement. A purchase is never made unless I can confidently say that I did my due diligence. This not only applies to skin care but every single product that comes into my house.
So years ago, I came across an article about the amazing Indian Healing Clay mask. I hummed and hawed as I read reviews and checked ingredients. The day came when my adult acne was flaring and my face just looked dull. I decided to go for it. Based on my research, I used raw apple cider vinegar instead of water to mix the powder into a paste. I applied it and waited. According to the instructions, you will feel your face pulsate as it works. Holy crap, they are right! Your face literally will pulsate!
The downside is the removal of the mask. The best place to do it is in the shower as the large pieces that come off could clog your sink drain. I take a small face towel into the shower and soak it in warm water and press it against the mask to “soften” it. The clay is now hard. You do not want to start vigorously start rubbing it off before wetting it because it will hurt your skin. Wet the mask with the face towel and slowly start washing it off. You will be red faced for about 15-20 minutes after, depending on how sensitive your skin is. If this is your first time trying it, don’t make any plans for right after using it!
Once off and out of the shower, I wipe my face with my favorite Thayers Rose toner to soothe and balance my skin. Follow with your regular skin care routine and enjoy glowing skin! Now your pimples are not going to magically disappear after one use. If your face is in serious need of TLC then you will need to use it a few times per week and then when your face is all clear, you can use it once a week.
A few pointers I have learned after years of use:
- Wash your face BEFORE using the mask. No point of putting a mask on top of dead skin cells and grime, am I right?
- DO NOT USE METAL SPOON! It reacts with the mask. Check out my mask kit below.
- When making the paste, start slowly. You don’t want to make it too watery or too thick. Mix very well until all the powder is dissolved and it has a creamy consistency.
- Prepare for the slight redness afterwards. Do not panic. It goes away very quickly.
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For applying the mask, try the Hansderma SkinSoft Facial Mask Brush (Golden brush)
Keep your kitchen bowls and spoons clean with a dedicated Facial Mask Mixing Silicone Bowl Set