Welcome to my Aztec Clay Mask review, a super-hyped-up product that has an overwhelming number of reviews on Amazon which I know many of you like (and even recommend), but I personally have a bone to pick with this product.
- Do you have acne-prone skin? This mask is NOT for you!
- Do you have dry skin? This mask is NOT for you!
- Do you have sensitive skin? You shouldn’t consider putting this mask anywhere near your skin.
So, I am going to get straight to the point here and answer some relevant questions, as well as elaborate further on why this mask SHOULDN’T be considered as an all-time stop-shop for all skin-related concerns.
Here’s what I will be talking about in this review…
- what is the Aztec Clay Mask?
- what is it made of?
- what is supposed to do?
- what did the Aztec Clay Mask do to my acneic and sensitive skin, and also
- why I don’t recommend this mask.
Although, the reviews are saying that this is the best thing you will ever apply on your skin, allow me to explain why this should be written off as a complete and totally useless bulls*it.
So let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
What is the Aztec Clay Mask?
This product is promoted as a facial mask that once mixed will help pull out toxins and impurities from your skin as well as reduce congestions and therefore help clear acne.
According to the Aztec Secret Amazon website, clay has been used in beauty rituals as far back as 4,000 years ago by Cleopatra herself (?!) for a deep pore cleansing ritual that will promote overall smoothing of any textures on the skin.
The company also claims this product works because toxins in the skin hold a positive charge, while the clay holds a negative charge.
Therefore the negatively charged molecules of the clay bind with the positive ones of the toxins and it helps to draw them out.
This product comes in a powder form, which you will then need to mix at a 1-to-1 ratio with either apple cider vinegar or purified/bottled water, depending on the texture and sensitivity of your skin as well as the actual concern you want to successfully tackle.
Sure, we live in a divisive world where it can be extremely hard to agree on just about anything, but if there’s one thing that can bring us all together, it is probably a $10 face mask (that is supposed to clear every possible skin concern, ever).
Of course, a face mask won’t bring us peace in the world, but it is presented as a product that is able to bring us the clearest skin on a budget.
Who doesn’t love that, right?
Needless to say, this product has taken the internet by storm, and the 17,000+ reviews on Amazon can vouch for that, with men and women around the globe running over to the website to purchase this miracle powder.
What is the Aztec Clay Mask Made of?
The Aztec Clay Mask is made out of 100% natural calcium bentonite clay.
Bentonite clay is an absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite and it is also called Montmorillonite clay.
Recently it has been taking off as a wellness trend among people who are looking to detoxify their bodies and defend against illnesses, although it is thought to come from centuries ago when civilizations used bentonite as a healing method to promote better health and ward off diseases.
Bentonite clay usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water.
That being said, some caution needs to be taken when using bentonite clay, in terms of quantity as well as the chosen type.
What is the Aztec Clay Mask Supposed To Do?
Bentonite clay is supposed to benefit your body due to the ability to produce a charge that is electrical in nature when it comes in contact with liquid.
When the clay touches any type of fluid, it takes on a different charge and is thought to bind to any present toxins within the fluid.
Bentonite clay having negatively-charged molecules, “seeks” toxins in the body to bind with and then effectively remove them.
So this is exactly what the Aztec Clay mask is supposed to do. It is supposed to remove the “toxins” from your skin and clear up the pesky congestion that causes acne.
All that for only $10!
Sounds amazing, right?
Well, unfortunately, that’s all it does. Sound amazing.
What Did The Aztec Clay Mask Do For My Acne-Prone Skin?
Well, nothing good, that’s for sure, but let’s start from the beginning.
I am not trying to keep it a secret that I have always had problematic and sensitive skin. This is something that has made picking my skincare products a real challenge throughout the years.
Before becoming an esthetician and learning how to properly take care of my skin as well as recognizing the ingredients in a given product I am interested in it just seemed that everything I was doing seemed to be giving me a massive backlash.
This wasn’t pretty and it was always manifesting itself in full-blown cystic acne on my cheeks and along my jawline.
Naturally, I was seeking the answer to my problem online like everybody else and ran into this “miracle product” literally everyone that had clear skin swore by.
Needless to say, it didn’t take much convincing for me to purchase the product from Amazon, determined to give it a shot and follow the clear instructions on how to use it.
The first thing I did when I received the Amazon package at my door was ravishing through it like my life depended on it and got down to examining the powder.
I opened up a fresh new bottle of apple cider vinegar and immediately got down to mixing.
Oh boy, here it goes.
Saying that I was experiencing a “mild burning sensation” is an understatement – my skin felt like it was literally on fire within two minutes after I applied it on my face.
It clearly says not to keep it longer than ten minutes, but I couldn’t even keep it on my face for three (?!).
After washing it off my face I was left with severe redness with clear and distinct lines where the mask was applied and the big question – What did I do wrong?
The redness remained and persisted throughout the next couple of days and the burning sensation was still lingering.
This is when I realized I had a full-blown chemical burn from this little experiment of mine.
I was extremely hesitant to give it another shot but got my s*it together after a few days of discomfort and embarrassment and decided to go for it, this time mixing the Aztec Clay mask with warm bottled water.
Guess what happened?
You are damn right if you thought the same thing repeated itself, cause shamelessly enough – it did.
Yup, take number two and I was once more experiencing a severe burning sensation a few minutes after applying this mixture on my face.
Why I Don’t Recommend The Aztec Clay Mask…
Severely disappointed and rather hurt, I decided to take it to Reddit with a plain question if anyone else ever experienced such thing on a skincare related thread.
I got a few answers from people basically repeating what happened to me, but what made this entire situation even weirder was a comment by a fellow Redditor and skincare lover.
Basically what this person said was that the Aztec Clay mask is making her skin react in the exact same way, but it really makes her comfortable because that is how she knows it works well to remove the buildup of toxins from her skin and that she likes to follow it up with a more moisturizing mask right after before continuing her usual skincare routine.
This is where I had a little bit of an issue with understanding why do people do this to themselves and their skin?
A common misconception is that if a product is giving you a tingling or worse – a burning sensation, it means that the product is working?
I am not sure where this is coming from but it is wrong on so many levels I honestly don’t even know how to begin explaining it.
If a product doesn’t contain an active ingredient such as vitamin A, AHAs or BHAs, or enzymes that are meant to exfoliate your skin – it is NOT supposed to be giving you any tingling sensation or even worse – a burning sensation due to a chemical burn.
If this product contains 100% bentonite clay and nothing else, this product is simply NOT meant to exfoliate your skin – therefore it is not supposed to tingle or burn.
Moreover, I found it strange that this person almost attacked me while fiercely defending this “miracle clay mask” while all this mask was doing for her is burn and dehydrate her skin.
If a product is to be called “a miracle product that delivers instant results” isn’t it strange that you need to follow it up with a more gentle, moisturizing mask simply cause it dries the fuck out of your skin?
Needless to say, I found her comment completely unhelpful, hit a massive downvote and put an end to what was going to become an unnecessary argument over a clay mask right there and then.
Clay masks are loved by everyone, but the harsh truth is that they are extremely dehydrating and can be more harmful than beneficial for your skin as they can sensitize it and this is something that will manifest itself as dryness and sagging down the line.
Thank you for reading my article and my experience with this particular clay mask.
Unfortunately, I did not find the hyped-up Aztec Clay Mask to be of any help for my skin concern and decided to write a detailed review about the potential long-term risks and harms this product can do to your skin.
Let me know in the comments down below if you have ever used the Aztec Clay Mask. I would love to read all about your experience with the most reviewed skincare product on Amazon.
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