* My PC is acting really wonky so as soon as I get that straightened out, the pics will be up.*
Hey, my Lovelies! After months of hair product reviews I finally have something different for at least the next two posts. Please, please, hold your applause.
I ran across Aztec Secret Indian Healing Mask while I was browsing Amazon.com looking for something to buy. I recently recieved a $50 gift card and it was just about burning a hole in my virtual pocket. It actually took me a month to decide whether or not to buy it because I have atopic dermatitis and didn’t want to make it worse. If you’re unfamiliar with atopic, or contact, dermatitis it’s basically a really bad reaction to cosmetics that causes a horrible, usually recurring, rash on the skin with big, dilated pores. I got mine courtesy of a L’Oreal product test. To hell with ’em. Anyhoo, this is a big part of the reason I don’t post any pictures. That and I’m a coy little thing. Since I developed this on my face, I have to be very careful about what I put on my skin. It took 2 years of trying pore reducers and serums but I finally figured it out: commercial products ruined my complexion, commercial products can’t fix the problem. Not only that but, I recently read an article stating that the $500 (that’s two 00s) cream that my dermatologist prescribed may cause cancer. The hell? So I can be healthy with a patch of enflamed skin or I can die and leave a good-looking corpse. Damn. I liked being able to use something so expensive, especially when I didn’t have to pay for it out of pocket.
So when I saw Aztec Secret again in my all-consuming desire to consume, I finally bought it and spent the next week waiting for my UPS guy (why are they all so cute?). The fact that almost all of the 100-something-odd reviews were 5 star spoke volumes to me, too. Loving customer service work the way I do, I truly believe that a good product speaks for itself. If Aztec Secret advertises, I’ve never seen one but they apparently have a loyal following, me included since I fell in love with their Jojoba Oil. Now I have another gun to add to my arsenal against dermatitis.
Aztec Secret Healing Clay boasts itself as “World’s Most Powerful Facial”. Now, I don’t know about you but when I hear claims like that, the skeptic in me surfaces. Even though I was impressed with all the 5 star reviews, even though I know they make good product, even though those are the only two things I could think of and this is just filler, I wasn’t ready to believe that it’s the world’s most anything. You know, the world being so big and all. Well, let me tell you, sometimes I like being wrong (but if anyone ever tells Hubby I’ll deny it with my last breath). I opened the 1lb. jar and was impressed by how fine the 100% natural calcium bentonite clay is. Picture pea green baby powder. I leaned in to smell it and had to be careful not to breath on it because the lightest little breeze would send a fine mist into the air. Love it; makes mixing so much easier and I can tailor it to be as thick or thin as I want. By the way, it smells like dirt. Who knew?
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay can be mixed with equal parts water or apple cider vinegar and I’ve tried both methods. I mixed about a tablespoon of clay with the same amount of coconut water from a real coconut, then….what? Why’d I have a real coconut on hand? Why not? Then I mixed them until I had a smooth, creamy paste like baby food. I spread this on my face and left it on until it was completely dry, about 20 minutes. I soaked the mask with warm water before using a wascloth to wash te rest of the mask off. My skin felt softer and looked moist but there wasn’t a big difference in inflammation. I used a toner, which I’ll be reviewing next, and that brought some of the swelling down but I still didn’t feel as if I had gotten the full effect of “world’s most powerful facial”.
This is when I decided to try the apple cider vinegar method. Once again, I put a tablespoon of Aztec Indian Healing Clay in a plastic cup and was caught off guard when I put in the tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. It started to bubble and fizz and the amount seemed to double on it’s own. I ended up adding a little more clay to it to get it to my desired consistency and it looked like pistachio mousse. I spread the mask on my face and within 5 minutes, I could feel my face tightening. Since I was alone, I relaxed and could feel my pores opening. The jar says “feel your face pulsate” and within 10 minutes it felt as if there were tiny rollers moving over my cheeks. That was a little weird but proof, for me, that something was happening.
Aztec Secret recommends that people with sensitive skin leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes but I refuse to admit that I have sensitive skin. After all I made it fine for 3 decades before I messed around with L’Devil, I can’t have sensitive skin. I shoulda listened to the jar. Around the 15 minute mark, my face began to tingle intensely and I couldn’t hold a cigareette in my mouth. After 20 minutes, I looked like Jack Nicholas in the snow at the end of “The Shining”. I could literally see where the mask was pulling the skin taut. If someone had punched me in the face right then, it would’ve shattered. For whatever reason, the apple cider vinegar makes Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay stick to your face like a freakin’ leech. I stood over the sink for about 3 minutes before I gave up and hopped in the shower to finish getting it off. I’ve been doing that since; it’s just easier for me.
When I next looked in the mirror, I was blown away. The inflamation had gone down by at least 50%! There was still a blemish, but it wasn’t as nearly as prominent as before. For the first time in a long time, I couldn’t see my pores and I wasn’t feeling anxious about a bar outing with my sister. Not only that, but my entire face looked brighter, like I was a shade lighter, which begged the question: how dirty was my dang face?!
My skin still stung from being pulled so very hard and my face was red. The jar said this might happen but that it would disappear in about 30 minutes. Oh, joy. My toner hadn’t arrived in the mail, yet, so I rubbed a bit of collodial silver over my stinging face and followed that with a couple drops of sweet almond oil to soothe the redness. I’ll never go more than 15 minutes again, I swear it. I decided to do some cleaning to get my mind off the stinging and had to stop 10 minutes in. With my menopause, in warm weather the least bit of heat sets off a hot flash, these hot flashes had me carrying a fan like a proper Southern lady for the past two summers. Well, as I’m sweeping, my temperature rose, the hot flash kicked in like clockwork but, instead of just being really hot, sweat was literally pouring out of my face. Or rather, water was pouring out of my face; no salt. I don’t think my face has been this clean since I was a kid. It feels smoother, softer, and I can’t stop touching it though I know I should. I like looking like a retouched photo.
I used to use Queen Helene facial masks and although they are good, I always wanted more suction. I got that and then some with Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and am glad I finally tried it. I’ve used it everyday for the past three days (trying to find my tolerance) and think I can get away with using it every other day with the a.c. vinegar, at least on my trouble spot. If you have any skin problems and/or are looking for a good, affordable facial to use at home, I can’t say it enough: get Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and find something else to occupy the time you spent worrying about your skin.