How is everyone feeling about Monday? We had a sudden crash in the middle of the night around 4a.m. that sent Little Child the puppy on a ballistic rampage and Markus awake and armed, running around the house in a matter of seconds. It's nice to know I can feel so protected in my own home, even if it turns out to just be an ornament falling off the Christmas tree (we definitely still have our tree up - something else that I should get around to).
After a crazy night of sleep I am yearning for that rested, tight feeling in my face, much like the amazing after glow I had when trying the ominous Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask last week. I made a New Year's Resolution to take better care of my skin, and this mask holds many folk tales of skin glory and hits my budget ($7.00 with shipping when I used my beloved Amazon Prime account).
Maybe I am the only one who finds a sense of adventure and excitement in trying something new like this, but here is the play by play on how my wild Thursday night went down the first time I used this mask:
5:15 p.m.: Home from work and I have two new packages from Amazon at my door. I am going to cook some exciting, gluten-free dinners at home this year from one of my favorite gluten-free recipe gals and also look super pretty. 2013 is off to a great start.
7:00 p.m.: I love this mask by Bliss (a little more luxe at about $50 a bottle from Sephora, but one purchase lasts me the whole year) for opening my pores and exfoliating before doing a clay mask. I think it is the 1-2 punch that really takes me from being a sad woman at home covered in face products to an at-home esthetician. I slather on one and a half pumps and set the timer for 15 minutes.
7:17 p.m.: I've washed off my Bliss mask, and the time has come to unlock the Aztec Secret. I find a mug that we don't really use and put two heaping spoonfuls of the clay power into my mug.
7:18 p.m.: The mask can be mixed with water, but I am really excited that it recommends Apple Cider Vinegar, as it is one of my most treasured hippie nectars. I always feel great adding a shot to a glass of water (hence it being another one of my New Year's Resolutions), and putting it on my face is the next step in becoming the woman on the bottles who wears the crazy flower hats. I add the ACV a little at a time until all of the powder is wet. Everything begins to fizz and bubble, like the ancient jujus of the Aztecs are reacting together to begin performing violent, ancient pillaging and sacrifices on the dirt in my pores.
7:21 p.m.: Things are looking good around here. I've got my clay on super thick as the instructions say to do. If you stuck a q-tip on my face you could probably cover the top of the cotton swab, if that gives you some perspective. Markus is laughing at me and offers to take a photo for my blog research. I'm in my favorite paint shirt from college, when I used to wear a daily uniform of Uggs, jeans and men's shirts from goodwill that I would get covered in paint. I had about a million boyfriends and just as many friends back then due to my amazing street style.
7:45 p.m.: We're twenty minutes in and I am beginning to FEEL MY FACE PULSATE, as advertised. Not completely dry so I feel like I still have some time to go. Markus is on his spin bike and refuses to take my photo.
8:00 p.m.: I rinse off the mask in the kitchen sink. It comes off in huge chunks that do not dissolve easily, so I do not recommend washing this off in a bathroom sink because I'm pretty sure you would clog the drain. The mask is in my hair and my face is super red, but feels amazing. This is definitely not a mask you throw on before getting ready on a night on the town, but thankfully those are much more rare for me than nights sitting around my house. Markus climbs off his spin bike and offers to take a final photo, although the redness has come down quite a bit. I have conquered the Aztec Secret and am hooked.
Final Verdit: This mask is more labor and time intensive than your average goodness from a tube, but in just two uses has made a big difference in my skin. If you have the time to do this about once a week, I highly recommend it and think you can get skin that is clear and more rested looking!