Beauty Regime; At Home DIY Clay Mask
Ever since I was younger, people have commented on how beautiful my skin is. I’ve never have many breakouts and have been fortunate to have neither overly oily or overly dry skin. As most women know this is a luxury that we all want, because unfortunately as time moves forward this becomes harder and harder to maintain — healthy, glowing, FLAWLESS skin. Every woman is different in obtaining this; makeup, Botox, strict diet, whatever. Collectively we spend hundreds to thousands a year on different products, dermatologist appointments, machines, fillers all the while not realizing that the holistic approach is sometimes the best. I have found a very inexpensive way of keeping my skin looking just as great in my 20’s as it did in my teens and I don’t even have to leave my house! I have found that mixing a special type of clay and apple cider vinegar together make a mask that rivals many high end products on the market. I use a brand called Aztec Clay (purchased from Amazon.com for a steal at $12 for a large jar, but can range from $9-$20+). Its most beneficial ingredient, Bentonite (calcium, to be specific) clay originates from Death Valley, California. It also contains magnesium, sodium and trace amounts of a number of other minerals.
To create your (DIY Clay Mask) you will need the following items; a plastic bowl and spoon/spatula/brush (do not use metal) and a liquid to mix with the clay. I prefer to use Apple Cider Vinegar (another steal for about $2-3 for a 16oz bottle, any brand will do but organic is the best) for its additional benefits such as amino acids, antioxidants, and the potassium found within it. You will mix equal parts clay and apple cider vinegar making it into a liquidly paste, you can also add a few drops of a moisturizing oil (Tea Tree, Green Tea, etc) as well if you want. Once the two ingredients are mixed together the you will then apply it to your face and neck making sure that it is smoothed on evenly. I like to use a hair dye brush purchased at my local beauty supply for about $2, I am able to apply more evenly and there’s less mess.
After you have applied it to your entire face (while avoiding the eyes of course) and neck, you let the mask dry (about 10-15 mins, as long as the applied mask is not to thick). As it drys you will find the mask tightening and tingling, a sign that it is working as it should. When you were mixing the clay with the liquid it became hydrated and swelled up, becoming very porous. This new state makes the DIY Clay Mask give off a negative charge attracting the stored toxins in your skin which have a positive charge. The clay absorbs the impurities like blackheads and pimples while nourishing and healing your skin with the minerals associated within the clay naturally and that is what you are feeling as the mask dries. Once completely dry, all you need is a wash cloth and warm water to remove the clay from your face. After you’ve removed all the clay and dried your face, you will notice a firmer appearance to your skin, with continued use you will see the fading of dark marks and acne scars.
This DIY Clay Mask is amazing! It’s incredibly affordable and convenient, you can use it about 2-3 times a week and will receive amazing results with consistent use including a smooth and breakout free skin. Integrate this into your normal beauty regime and I promise you will not be disappointed! You can even use it on your body to maintain elasticity and firmness. For such an inexpensive product, the benefits are endless and fabulous!