Hi there! Well, it’s Friday again, and I’ve been feeling down all week after having a really $hitty experience on Mother’s Day. While I can’t control other peoples’ actions, I’m going to do my best to own my own happiness this weekend, and hope for a better upcoming week.
I’ve got my 7-mile (minimum) Friday run, jump rope workout, and arm workout, followed by our weekly fish and shrimp dinner. After all that, I’m going to start off my relaxation with a spa night, using one of my fave new (to me) products. Keep reading to check it out!
Natural products never used to be my “thing.” None of the natural stuff I tried was really effective. But when I started blogging, I started to realize that I just wasn’t trying the right natural products. Lo and behold, I discovered some of them are really bad a$$!
A great coincidence is that this new fave is headquartered in Pahrump, Nevada, which is near Las Vegas. When I lived in Vegas, I always said I wanted to move to Pahrump just because I like the name…lol! So, I guess it was meant to be that I try this stuff!
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I have oily/combination skin that I used to be able to subject to any manner of torture, with no adverse effects. However, when I started using tretinoin, my skin became hypersensitive. So, it’s difficult to find products that are just right for me.
I kept hearing about the cult-favorite Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, but being a detox mask, I worried that it may be a bit too strong or irritating. Knowing all it consisted of was bentonite clay from a specific area, though, I decided to give it a shot. I’d tried bentonite products before with no issues, and this was a powder, as opposed to the more “gritty” mask I’d previously used.
The instructions say to mix the powder with equal parts water or vinegar, then apply to your skin (don’t use anything metal!). Remove it sooner (5-10 minutes) if you have more sensitive skin. As much as I loathe fads, and I’m SO tired of hearing about apple cider vinegar, that’s what I used. I figured if that’s the “thing” to do, then I would follow suit. I found organic apple cider vinegar with “the mother” (more on that in another post) at Walmart for just over $4.
Since I find the smell of the vinegar to be hideous, I didn’t know if I could tolerate having it on my face, so I added a couple drops of frankincense essential oil, which made a huge difference. (I tried it again with eucalyptus when I was having an allergy attack.)
I left it on about 20 minutes, and had no sensitivity issues, so I was pretty pleased. The only negative is that it’s a bit more difficult to rinse off than other masks, but not a deal-breaker. I’ve also tried mixing honey in with the clay and vinegar, and it was easier to remove.
As mentioned on the jar, my skin was slightly red after removing, but I sprayed some helichrysum hydrosol mist (read about it here) onto my face, and the redness went away within minutes. The strange thing with this is that it seemed to “suck” the gunk right out of my pores, they were almost non-existent afterward.
Last week, I got two little zits on my cheek, so I used the mask, and they were gone within two days. Overall, I’m SO pleased with the results I’ve had and this is one of those products I’ll keep purchasing over and over.
I paid about $10 for 1 pound of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It’s available at most health food stores and Amazon.
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