Have you heard about the world's most powerful facial?
Surprisingly, it's not something you have to go to a swanky salon for. And it's not something you need to mortgage the house to pay for. It's the beauty-blogger favourite Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Just check out that tagline!
It looks cheap and nasty. And it is. Well cheap, I haven't tried it yet. 1 lb is about $11 NZ, and if you buy it with $40 of other strange iHerb* stuff, then the shipping works out rather inexpensive. And also. Who sells beauty products by the pound?! You can't beat the bargain factor of this, that's for sure. There's probably like half a life time of masks in this tub.
The science bit.
Now according to the (seriously 90s) website, it's the 'unique structure of the molecules in Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay' that make it so powerful. They carry a negative electron charge. The toxins and icky-what nots in the skin and pores are positively charged. So essentially the mask draws them out. (Why don't the toxins draw the mask in? Hmmm?)
Apparently almost every mineral found on Earth is present in this clay, which is volcanic ash from when the earth was formed.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but...
Isn't Bentonite clay the same clay kitty litter is made of? So I'm putting a cat's toilet on my face?
So, to use it, you simply mix it in equal parts with either Apple Cider Vinegar or plain old H20. I tried with water to start. Yeap my baking inadequacies appear to have crossed over into my beauty world. This will not mix. It's thick, it's clumpy. No way this will spread on my face.
A quick dash to le supermarche and I tried again. Much easier with the ACV, but do I really want to put vinegar on my face?
Speaking of my face - it's in pretty good nick at the moment. Prone to oiliness on the chin and side of my nose (there's a speckling of blackheads there - I know I'm gross), pretty rosy, but otherwise pretty nice.
Pulsating. Me not likey.
All of the reviews tell you to expect pulsating. Let me tell you, I don't have overly sensitive skin, but my god that's an uncomfortable pulsating feeling. And it goes so tight it's almost claustrophobic.
And washing it off. Oh wow it's a mission. It doesn't peel off, you need to scrub, and pick and peel; you have to rinse your flannel 12 times over. Jumping in the shower is much easier. Oh - and put some kitchen paper or gauze over the plug hole, otherwise clay might build up in your pipes. Especially if you're going to use it often.
Does it work?
Erm, well, my skin was (even more) red for about 3 hours after. There even looked to be welts. It felt tight and uncomfortable. And four days later I'm still slathering on the moisturiser to try and counteract the dryness I'm left with. And I still have blackheads. Maybe they were negatively charged or something.
So, the world's most powerful facial is definitely a bust for me. I'd much rather use Skinfood's Mud Masque, which is ready to use (no mixing), cheap and just an all round more gentle and pleasant experience. As for my gigantic tub of powdered kitty litter? Well it might make a good door stop, but that's about it.
Check out the NZ Brands beauty box which contains the amazing Skinfood Mud Masque, as well as 10 other fabulous Kiwi products, and FREE courier. Better value than a box of strange from across the ocean me thinks.