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Try this: Aztec Secret Clay Mask

February 1, 2015

In more than a few instances, I kept coming across Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay Mask either in the stories I’ve had to edit or other bloggers’ recommendation. I was finally curious enough to go to Whole Foods and pick some up with some apple cider vinegar and try it myself.

Weekly DIY clay mask


The mask itself is a natural calcium bentonite green clay which helps detox and draw out impurities in the skin. When mixed with organic apple cider vinegar (I use this one from Brragg which is raw and unfiltered), it becomes even more powerful. The vinegar has a bunch of alpha hydroxy acids that help to remove dead skin cells to make your complexion more even (it’s great alone to help treat zits and age spots, and even add a ton of shine if used on hair alone).

The mask itself tingles a little and then tightens, and PS, smells DISGUSTING. I mix a teaspoon with a capful of ACV (the mixture should bubble a little), or until the consistency is a little more pastey. If it’s too watery, it won’t go on well, and will take forever to dry. If it’s too solid, it won’t spread well. After you wash it off (about 10 minutes), you might notice your skin a little pink which goes down after a few minutes (make sure you use a gentle moisturizer after! I use Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar). You might notice a few whiteheads too, which is just the toxins being extracted. I’m not sure how sensi-skin types would react to it since it isn’t the most gentle mask, but it is a nice pick-me-up for my combo skin that I use on the weekends or before big events so my makeup goes on smoother. Plus it’s really affordable — I got mine from Whole Foods for $8 (think the ACV was another $7) and a pound will last you for months and months.


Anyone else try it? What do you think?


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Bringing the spa at home: Warming face masks

May 31, 2012

As you may have read before here or here, I’m all sorts of obsessed with face masks. It’s the way I spoil myself at home with my own spa day. I can’t help it, there’s very little that makes me feel like I’m re-charged and ready to go than beginning my routine with a face masks. And so, it was only a matter of time before I came across some warming face masks that I’m loving right now (and my roomies are joining me in this love):

SOMME INSTITUTE BOOST MASK , $4O

Somme Institute Boost Mask

Somme maybe better known for their 5-step skin-clearing regimen. The price tag for the whole treatment (about $298) may not be in everyone’s budget. But this Boost mask can be used on it’s own and feels amazing. It contains zeolite a natural mineral that warms the skin and opens the pores. Kaolin, a natural clay, then absorbs oil and impurities. Plus it contains a chock full of vitamins (E, B) to nourish, and pumpkin enzymes to exfoliate. It’s gentle enough for all skin types and even most conditions (sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, acen, rosacea) to improve skin tone and clarity. All while feeling you’re being swept away at a spa. [Read on]

BOOTS NO7 PURIFYING SAUNA MASK, $15

Boots No7 Purifying Sauna Mask

If $40 is too steep a price tag, let me introduce you to a less expensive and similar alternative from Boots No7. Their hypo-allergenic warming mask has me smitten. It also contains zeolite and heats on contact with water and detoxes pores to do away with oils. Leaves skin soft and noticeably brighter while it’s kaolin clay draws out oil. Plus it contains grape seed oil — one of my very favorite antioxidants for anti-aging and evening out skintone.

Trust me, with warming masks, you’ll feel like you’re getting the spa treatment right at home. Have you ever used a warming mask? Anyone have favorites?


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I heart Boscia’s Detox Face Mask

May 8, 2009

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask, $25

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask, $25

I almost totally forgot to tell you about my other favorite face mask, this time from Japanese brand Boscia. Their clay Clarifying Detox Mask ($25) actually tops my list, and I don’t anticipate EVER giving it up. It’s infused with botanicals like rosemary and peppermint, and has been good to me since my college days. I still use it! It’s my staple deep-cleansing mask for any big event, and I always feel my skin looks refreshed and cleaner afterwards.

The best part is, unlike most masks, you only have to keep it on for five minutes – talk about time saver! Also contains antioxidants jojoba and green tea, and you know I’m all about the anti-aging stuff.

Do you have any other favorite masks, asks the self-proclaimed product junkie.

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Let’s talk face brightening masks

April 17, 2009

100% Pure Pineapple Enzyme Facial Peel Mask, $17

100% Pure Pineapple Enzyme Facial Peel Mask, $17

I.love.face.masks.

After a shower, nothing feels more luxurious than using one. And since I’m a guinea pig of sorts, I have a couple favorites that I’ve used for years. I’ve tried many in between, but still think these come out on top. I’ll share one of them for now and save the other for later!

I came across 100% Pure’s Pineapple Enzyme Facial Peel ($17) a few years ago. The vegan brand says they are truly “100% Pure-no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins.” Which is great for my skin because it can be fussy and sensitive at times.

The Pineapple Enzyme mask also has papaya and vitamin C antioxidants and brightener. It actually comes in a powder form, and what you do is mix 1 tbs powder with 1 tsp. water until it’s a sticky liquid consistency, then apply it on you face. Leave it on for about 5-10 minutes and wash off. They suggest you can also mix with milk, tea, or fruit juice, but since my skin is sensitive, I like to just stick to water.

Mixing water and powder

Mixing water and powder

It’s a great pick-me-up and never fails to brighten my face. I’m so happy I rediscovered it recently after I thought I lost the jar somewhere. And because it’s all natural, it’s very non-irritating as I’ve experience. Since it comes in a powder form, it also lasts forever! I’ve had mine for over three years now and still works like a charm.

It’s available at www.100percentpure.com and at Bath & Body Works (for full store list, go to their website).

Do you have any favorite brightening face masks?


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