The best face mask I have EVER tried.

So, if you have been following me or my blog, you know that I am a mask addict. I love trying new masks and the squeaky clean feeling that comes afterwards. I actually prefer skincare products over make-up.

The Aztec Indian Healing Clay mask has made the rounds on the internet quite a few times and all for good reasons. This mask is actually calcium bentonite clay which is different from fullers earth aka Multani mitti. The information on the mask states that it is actually 'the worlds most powerful facial' - and so it is. 

So what major help did it do my skin? 

Last winter my skin suffered really badly. It went all dry and patchy and I had to use Proactiv to actually heal the entire suffering. Anyway, long story short, my face lost all the glow that it previously had and my skin had acne marks all over. And you know, how sad skin makes you feel? Even more sadder, right? So when I went to Dubai last month, I purchased this mask via for only 50 aed. With only the first use, my skin became calmer for some reason and there was that glow that I was craving for. My mother-in-law instantly commented on how glowing my skin looked and I did a small bhangra once I was out of sight. It has helped my skin to detox and make it more clearer and brighter. 

How to use it? The recommended way is to use it with raw, unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar but if you do want to use processed apple cider vinegar, you can do so (I used it the first time I put the mask on). With the help of apple cider vinegar which is known to be a really good skin toner, the mask foams while mixing and makes your face really pulsate. I don't know how well it works with water or maybe rose water but since I have oily skin, I tend to skip rose water in my skincare routine. The smell of apple cider might put you off but, well, you gotta suck it up and do the right thing for your skin. 

Also, the first time I put on the mask, it was really really hard to get it off. The second time, I used a flannel cloth/face cloth. I wet the cloth and put in on my face for 2 mins letting it soak the mask up and then slowly scrub it off with a facial brush. If you do not have a facial brush, you can use the same flannel cloth to take the mask off. 

TIPS that will come handy with this mask:

- Use wooden/glass or ceramic bowls and spoons. Metallic stuff with reverse the effect with this mask.
- Use only ONE teaspoon with this mask. It will go a LONG way.
- Keep it on till it dries (it's a given but, well, yeah).
- Your face will pulsate really badly the first time, and when you remove the mask, it MIGHT make your face bright red but that's okay. Use your favourite moisturiser to calm your skin down afterwards. 

I use the Bragg's apple cider vinegar that I purchased from Karachi for 910 PKR - For UK & US people, it is available on Amazon and eBay (don't quote me on it since eBay might also have counterfeit products) 
The mask is also available in Pakistan via trusted facebook pages (Semora, Zensky, Glam Squad and others) and on Amazon in the UK & US.

Just remember that you do a patch test before you apply it on your face and also what might work for me, might not work for you. I have oily/combination skin, just for reference.