The Clay pulsates when it bubbles, gurgles, or sprays water. It might also vibrate on the surface of your skin while you are cleansing with it! While many people think this means that something terrible may be happening to their Aztec Clay, the truth is quite the opposite.
After application to the skin, Aztec clay pulses mean that it is doing its job. It’s cleaning out your pores, detoxifying, and pulling impurities from deep within the skin! In this blog post, we’ll explore more about Aztec Clay. Read on to find out.
What is Aztec Clay?
Aztec Clay is bentonite clay that hails from the Mexican volcanic region. It has been used for hundreds to thousands of years by the Aztecs, Native Americans, and natives in modern-day Mesoamerica as an effective treatment for skin diseases such as acne, eczema & psoriasis because it absorbs impurities and toxins.
It’s also mixable with water to create a facial mask that detoxifies the skin, reduces inflammation, & boosts collagen production while reducing acne breakouts.
Why Does Aztec Clay Pulsate?
Bentonite clay can often absorb its weight in impurities because of its unique negatively charged ionic structure.
When water gets added to the Clay, it begins to pulsate or “breathe” as its many microscopic chambers fill with air and release carbon dioxide gas in a process called autolysis. The bubbling action releases toxins from within pores & draws out dirt & oil that may be clogging them.
The pulsating also helps to break up blackheads and blemish-causing bacteria, which can reduce acne outbreaks & even out skin tone over time.
The Benefits of Aztec Clay
Below are some of the benefits of Aztec Clay
1. Detoxifies skin
Aztec Clay is rich in trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium. When mixed with water to make a face mask, it absorbs toxins & impurities from deep within pores while also reducing inflammation and boosting collagen production for healthier-looking skin.
You can apply topically on blemishes and acne outbreaks to reduce inflammation and dry out pimples to prevent scarring.
2. A spot treatment for blackheads
Mixing Aztec Clay with water to make a face mask or adding it into your daily cleanser can also be an effective spot treatment for blackheads. When you mix with water, the bubbling action helps break up and draw out dirt and oil from the pores. That can reduce acne breakouts over time while fading acne scars.
The bubbling action also helps draw out blackheads and blemish-causing bacteria, reducing acne outbreaks over time & even out skin tone for a healthier-looking complexion.
3. Evens out skin tone
Aztec clay face masks also help to even out skin tone. Their rich minerals nourish the skin while reducing redness and inflammation, reducing acne outbreaks over time & fading post-acne scars.
The green mineral pigment in Aztec Clay is especially beneficial for restoring a more youthful glow to a tired or dull-looking complexion by counteracting redness and reducing signs of aging.
4. Reduces inflammation
Whether you use Aztec Clay as a spot treatment or apply it all over your face, the high mineral content helps to reduce inflammation and redness. That can lead to clearer skin, reducing acne outbreaks over time & fading post-acne scars.
Aztec Clay also has detoxifying properties that draw out impurities deep within pores. It helps to reduce acne outbreaks over time & fade post-acne scars.
You can make a mask with Aztec Clay and water, which has an exfoliating action that gently removes dead skin cells from the surface of your face for a smoother complexion.
5. Boosts collagen production
Aztec Clay is rich in trace minerals that nourish the skin and reduce redness while boosting collagen production. It can lead to a smoother complexion with fewer wrinkles, reduced pores, & less acne scarring over time.
You can also add Aztec Clay into your daily cleanser or face mask for similar benefits without any exfoliating action.
By reducing inflammation, redness & boosting collagen production while also drawing out impurities from deep within pores, Aztec Clay can rejuvenate your complexion for a healthier-looking glow over time.
How Long Can You Keep Your Face Mask On
It depends on your skin type. Oily skin should only keep it on for 20 minutes, while normal can leave it on until completely absorbed into the pores (usually around 40-50 minutes). For dry or sensitive, 30 minutes is sufficient to let the mask soak in and do its job.
Follow these tips below to ensure you’re getting the most out of your mask:
● When you feel the mask start to dry, add a few drops of water or apple cider vinegar
● Please don’t leave it on for longer than recommended. It’s not going to do anything extra if left on overtime.
● If you’re having trouble with the clay hardening and cracking, you can add a little bit of Aloe Vera gel to keep it moist.
● Keep your skin moisturized after the mask. Clay masks suck out most of our essential oils (even though they’re not technically oil), so if you don’t replenish them afterwards, your face might feel dry and tight.
6. Drawbacks of Using a Facial Mask
Facial masks effectively clean the pores, but they do not remove deep-seated dirt and bacteria. That can exacerbate problem skin conditions such as acne because it strips away all oil from your face, which will make you produce more to compensate for what was lost.
The second drawback is that you need to take time to let your skin recover. While wearing the mask, you must avoid rubbing or touching your face with anything because this will push dirt into pores and cause irritation, leading to swelling of small blood vessels under the skin’s surface.
Finally, it is crucial to be aware that not all facial masks are suitable for people with sensitive skin. Be aware that Aztec Clay may cause redness and irritation when used on broken or sensitive skin, so please use it with caution! There are many benefits of Aztec Clay for both your skin and your overall health.