Are You Using Your Aztec Clay Mask Properly?
I love my Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It's one of my absolute favourite masks, and I always crave the feeling of it on my skin. I actually get super angry when they run out of it on iHerb *disgruntled grumble*.
But some people don't like the clay - they say it makes their skin break out or become more irritated. I found this weird even though not every product will be right for everyone. How could something that I and so, so many others love so much, be breaking people out?
Say it isn't so!
Well, 99.9% of the time, it's not the clay that matters so much as what we mix with the clay!
In the course of my research I found that bentonite clay has a pH level between 8-9.7, with the exact number depending highly on the brand. This makes bentonite clay in particular very basic, or alkaline, and since our skin is slightly acidic, at around an optimal level of 4.5-5.5, this means Aztec clay alone isn't good for our skin.
Find out more about pH levels in my blog post about it here.
So, if we want to use something like Aztec clay on our skin, we need to bring the pH level way down, to a nice, slightly acidic level that is suitable for our skin.
Tap water can also be very alkaline, and so using it to mix with your mask will only serve to make your mask more unsuitable - it will damage your skin's acid mantle, and it will result in that dryness, itching, irritation, flaking, and yes, breakouts - that we don't want.
Undiluted apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, has a pH that is between 4.25-5 and when it is mixed with bentonite clay, the pH will be lowered down to a more tolerable level which will make it ideal for even sensitive skin. This means that if you use more ACV and make the mask thinner, it will likely yield better results than using a very clay-dense mask, which would be more drying and may be too alkaline.
The same goes for most dry mud masks - mixing with ACV, the raw kind, is going to make the mask more tolerable for your skin.
So, now that you've got the down-low on how to make the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay work for your skin, get some here and don't forget to always try it out with something acidic like apple cider vinegar!