The name makes this current face mask obsession of mine sound like an infomercial hoax, but stick with me here.
A few months ago I was trolling around some of my favorite blogs and came upon a post by The Skinny Confidential about this stuff. She was raving about how much she loves this clay as a face mask, and being the product junkie I am, I started searching the interwebs.
What I came across was something sort of incredible. The product had nearly 4,000 reviews and a crazy rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. On the next site, 2,500 reviews and a 4.8 out of 5 rating. Review after review after review was positive, praising this as a miracle product.
At $7 for an entire pound of it, I figured the worst that would happen is I’d get a jar of dirt for the price of some Starbucks. I ordered a tub right away.
When it arrived, it was indeed a jar of dirt — pure benzonite clay with instructions to mix a spoonful with my choice of liquid to create thick green clay that ‘pulsates’ as it dries, drawing out dirt and oil. The jar recommends using raw apple cider vinegar, but I’ve had success using witch hazel or plain old water. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can find recipes for every skin type out there that combine the clay with charcoal, rose water, tea tree oil, etc.
To make the process a little less messy, I scoop a spoonful of the powder (okay, dirt) into a small Dixie cup. Then, using a Q-tip, I mix in just a bit of apple cider vinegar — my favorite mixer — until it starts bubbling and stir like hell. For my acne ladies out there, adding in a drop or two of tea tree oil is also great, thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Once it’s ready, I smear it all over and look like a green goblin while devouring the latest Real Housewives episode.
I try to leave it on for 45 minutes to an hour. Just a warning though, this stuff is really powerful, so you might want less drying time. The jar’s ‘pulsating’ advertising is no joke — it feels like your face has a heart beat. Plus, as it dries it becomes a thick, hard covering. Don’t even try to move your face with this on, as you can see from the so-serious photo above.
(Seriously. One time, I put some on while watching a comedy with Tom and was in tears by the end of it — not because it was funny, but because my face was in so much pain from its pulling my skin as it dried when I laughed.)
To wash off, I place a warm wet paper towel over my face to loosen the dry mask and then rinse like hell. I use the paper towel to take off a good bit of it, so I don’t have to worry about the mask hardening in the sink’s piping.
I follow up with witch hazel and my Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Face Oil. You will need a moisturizer — this stuff pulls out any lingering oil and dirt. Also, don’t be alarmed if your face is red. That’s normal and dies down in about a half hour (note, this is not a mask you want to do in the morning before work!).
I freaking love this stuff. I notice a big difference in my skin when I go a week or two without it, and it always manages settle down big pimples when they arise. Plus, you get a POUND of dirt, which translates to a TON of face masks. If you’re really into the whole detox idea, you can even use it for your hair, body wraps and some people even drink it. A quick Google search will pull up pages and pages of the different ways it’s used and people gushing that it’s their holy grail.
I told you ‘Secret Indian Healing Clay’ isn’t just a hoax.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
5 out of 5
- $7.70 for a pound on Amazon. It can also be found on The Vitamin Shoppe’s website for $5.
- The good: A serious face mask for those suffering from acne, oily skin or just in need of a good degunking.
- The bad: You have to mix it yourself. Also, don’t move your face when this stuff is on. Seriously. Don’t do it. It hurts.