Facial Friday - Clay + ACV
I've used clay as a face mask for probably 4-5 years, and absolutely love it! Before I would prepare the clay with just water, but about two years ago I fell in love with the magical benefits of apple cider vinegar, aka ACV.
Some of the awesomeness that ACV helps you with is:
- Helps remove dead skin cells (works excellent as a cleanser)
- Helps remove age spots
- Helps against acne and pimples
- ACV unblocks pores and allows skin to breathe
- Removes excess oil from the skin
- Help rebalance pH levels
If you are planning to use ACV directly on your skin, as a toner or cleanser or to dab on the age spots, dilute it with a little bit of water so it doesn't get strong, equal amount of water and ACV works great!
Okay, back to FACIAL FRIDAY!
I use Indian healing clay (Aztec Secret) and mix it with raw apple cider vinegar that can be found in most grocery stores.
The directions reads as follows:
"Mix clay with equal parts of ACV and/or water.Use a non-metal bowl and utensil. Stir the mixture well to a smooth paste. Add more clay or liquid as needed. Apply 1/4 In. to 1/2 In. to the face or other area. Let it dry 5-10 minutes for delicate skin and 15-20 minutes for normal skin. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation. Remove clay by washing with warm water. Slight redness of the skin is normal and will disappear in about 30 min." - Aztec Secret, Indian Healing Clay.
I find that you will need to have slightly less liquid than clay powder to get the pasty effect. I say try one tablespoon of clay powder and half tablespoon of liquid first and see how it goes, that should be enough for one person (face). My skin is pretty delicate and I keep it on for 20 minutes. I find it easiest to coordinate with my shower schedule because you are bound to get some clay in your hair if you're anything like me. Plus it makes it so much easier to just jump in to the shower and wash it off.
PS. This facial is man-friendly ;) HAPPY FRIDAY!