July 21, 2014

DIY: Custom Face Mask

Face masks are kind of awesome, right? They can give you smoother, clearer, more even skin and all you have to do is slap some goop on your mug and kick back for a cool thirty minutes or so. That's awesome. Very few things in life have such a favorable effort to results ratio, and for that reason alone, I feel it's necessary to dedicate a little time (and the internet version of ink) to this unsung hero of skincare.

I've tried my share of face masks over the years - from the thick, green ones popularized by every movie portrayal of an old woman ever seen to the oh-so-satisfying peel off numbers, and every squeeze tube in between. One of my main girls is Queen Helene and her tingly Mint Julep Masque - so fancy it requires a 'que' ending (although, I don't know who she's trying to fool because it costs less than a fiver), but the 'Most Noticeable Results I've Ever Seen' award goes to Aztec Secrets Indian Healing Clay, hands down.
And the award goes to...
I love this stuff. Not only is it super powerful on its own - it even claims to be "the world's most powerful facial" - but it mixes quite nicely with your favorite add-ins, much like a delicious overpriced frozen yogurt. Did you realize you could customize your own face masks? You totally can. I love to pair this clay with organic apple cider vinegar that has "the mother" intact because it gives me better results and feels more 'active' than when I just use water. Because this stuff is so powerful, it can leave my face a little dry, but I counteract that completely by adding a dollop of honey to the mix. Soft skin ahoy! Finally, I like a little acne fighting help courtesy of tea tree oil.

There are a million ways to mix a custom face mask for your skin (e.g. aloe, vitamin E or jojoba oil for moisture, oatmeal or sea salt for exfoliation, green tea for antioxidant power) but this is how I do my thing - and how you can try it too:
+ Clay Mask {Aztec Secret. which you can get here}
+ Apple Cider Vinegar {raw is best}
+ Tea Tree Oil {cheap at Trader Joe's!}
+ Honey {raw and organic it good, but here I just have the regular stuff}
+ Plastic Mixing Utensil & Plastic Bowl/Cup

Measure out your clay. I use about 1 tablespoon and mix it with an equal part of apple cider vinegar.

Stir with a plastic spoon or other utensil (I'm using an Ikea chopstick). Metal makes it angry.

Add in a healthy plop of honey and a few drops of tea tree oil.

Mix it allllll together and slather on your face. This one is on the thinner side, so it might be easier to apply with a cheap foundation brush (like the $1 one from ELF), but I just used my fingers.

This mask has deeply enveloped my nose stud. Also, ewww.
Let it dry - it should take about 15 minutes but you can leave it on a little longer if you wish. You will look fantastic at this juncture, so this is a great time to schedule any upcoming blind dates and/or photo shoots.

I recommend doing this before you get in the shower because rinsing off a mask at the sink takes forever and annoys me. You can also use a face cloth, but then you get clay all over it and that annoys me too. Try to be less annoyed than me because, hey - you have awesome skin now! 

Have you ever customized a face mask before? Do you like feeling like a swamp thing-type creature for beauty? What would you add to your custom mask?



  1. This looks absolutely amazing. I LOVE the mint julep mas"que" (hahah, am I fancy now?) and have never heard of the Aztec Secret. I'm on the hunt for is so I can try out your homemade mask. It's full of great ingredients for the skin! I'm going to have to take out the Apple Cider Vinegar, my face is already SO dry! Excited to try..

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

    1. Yes, I love this stuff! If that wasn't already clear, haha. The vinegar makes the mask much more effective in my experience, and it makes it easier to mix. For some reason, when I use water the mask is way lumpier. Just a suggestion - I get how drying it can be. xo

  2. I've been meaning to pick up some Aztec Healing Clay. I wouldn't have thought to mix in honey but that's a good idea! I already have gallons of Bragg's vinegar around. Love that "mother", haha!

    1. The honey makes alllll the difference! It used to dry me out like crazy (but was still worth it) but adding the honey makes my skin SO soft! xo

  3. Wow, this seems amazing!! I've never heard of the Aztec Secret but I do love the Mint Julep Masque so this seems right up my alley! Thanks for the tutorial!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose and Pretty Clothes

    1. Yay! Love the mint julep, but this stuff is more hardcore in my opinion! xo

  4. How are you not a professional make up artist? I would never think to add honey as a moisturizer.

    1. Awwww, you flatter me! In another world, another life maybe. Honey is the best for moisture. You can also just slather honey on your face and leave it on as a mask - it makes your skin SO soft! Feels weird while doing it, obviously...xo

  5. I have never done a DIY face mask before but this one seems too easy not to try. I noticed that you didn't apply the mask up to your eyes, is it safe to use on the undereye area?

    Another Beautiful Thing

    1. I always keep masks away from my delicate under eye skin because it's so sensitive. I could probably go a little closer to my eye than this, but I try to keep some distance because this mask can be so powerful. xo

  6. Great face mask, I've got to try this out.
    ♡ Dulce


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