When most people think about skin care and self care, what comes to mind is usually a mask. While the convenience of picking up a ready to go mask at your favorite beauty bazaar is an enticing “cheap thrill,” nothing compares to a handcrafted natural mud mask.
This DIY consists of a dry mask mix and a liquid medium. The Aztec Healing Clay is a very well known dry mask mix currently available at a lot of natural grocery stores (i.e. Whole Foods, Trader Joes) & beauty supply stores. I’m not particularly sure if this specific brand is indigenous owned, but this specific clay can be found readily available through other brands as calcium bentonite clay. You can mix this clay with other clays, like kaolin clay, red Moroccan clay, and green french clay. On those lovely hangover days, you can add activated charcoal powder for some extra “detox” power. What even is detox?? Without a doubt, this is one of those words which needs some serious deconstruction but alas, one blog post at a time. Additionally, you can add other powders such as turmeric or matcha green tea! Different ingredients with different benefits for individually unique beings.
As far as liquid medium goes, water is gonna be your safest best, given that most, if not all masks, are designed to be removed with water. But who ever had any fun playing it safe? Personally, I love using raw apple cider vinegar, since this does a good job of complementing the high pH of calcium bentonite clay (~8-9.7). Our skin has a pH range of 4.5-5.5, which is about the same range for raw apple cider vinegar, alas why it is the most widely recommended mixing medium for dry masks containing calcium bentonite clay. Another one of my favorites is anything rosewater. Love, love, love rosewater and all its anti-inflammatory properties. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. Mix your 2 components (usually a 1:1 ratio) until they have a nice “masky” consistency, apply over desired areas of the face, and let it sit for as long as you can bear to not move your face. Remove with a warm wash cloth :)
BRUJA TIP: add a few drops of tea tree oil for some deep pore purification ;)