Summer Skin Fix ~ Clay Powder Masks

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Hey everyone! It finally stopped raining in Texas, and now it's hot! This steamy heat always makes my skin oily, and there's nothing like a clarifying mask for a quick fix.


I was sent to Moroccan Ghasoul Clay Powder for review, but my first impression of it reminded me so much of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay that I thought I would review both of them for you. What both of these masks have in common is that they're a dry powder. You have to take a small amount and mix it with a liquid to create your mask.

  • Bentonite Clay - known to remove toxins and metals from the body.
  • Mix with water, apple cider vinegar (ACV), or a combo of the 2
  • When mixed with ACV, your face will pulsate. Start with a little bit and work your way up with the ACV.
  • Makes your face feel tight as it dries.
  • Draws out a lot of impurities, and your face may be a little red if you use ACV.
  • It is still a great clarifying mask without ACV, but less intense.
  • Great for very oily and problematic skin



Your face really does pulsate!

Directions (from drugstore.com)
"Mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider vinegar and/or water. Use a non-metal bowl and utensil. Stir the mixture well to a smooth other area. Let it dry for 5-10 min. for delicate skin and 15-20 min. for normal skin. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation. Feel your face pulsate! Remove clay by washing with warm water. Slight redness of the skin is normal and will disappear in about 30 min. Removes impurities and dirt from the pores. Deep pore cleansing. "World's Most Powerful Facial" 1 lb. of Clay makes 10-15 facials. Use it once per week for the family, more often for problem skin. Men love it, too."



Non-metal bowl and utensils


Starts to feel tight as it dries.

  • Moroccan Lava Clay - sounds exotic!
  • Mix with water
  • Feels a little tight as it dries
  • Skin feels smooth and exfoliated after it's removed.
  • No redness or irritation for me




Directions from company site:
After your spa, bath or shower while your skin is still moist and warm, apply a thin layer of Zakia's Atlas Mountain Clay Mask over your face and body.
1. Add the clay into a bowl (size of a full large mug)

2. Pour water on top of the clay until it just covers it (big maximum 5 mm of water above the clay). Pour the water slowly so you can be sure you are not adding too much water and make the final mask too runny.

3. Wait 2-3 minutes so the water is fully absorbed by the clay. If needed add a bit more water.

4. Wait another 2-3 minutes and start mixing everything with a plastic or wooden spoon until you have a clear mixture – it shouldn’t be lumpy. Keep stirring if you see any lumps. If you feel that the mixture is too runny and won’t stick to your skin, add more clay and mix again. But bear in mind that it is easier to add more water than more clay.

5. Apply it on your face. Ideally, the mask should be really thick (like a 5mm thickness) but it can be thinner if you want. You will feel the tingling as the mask works to remove impurities and dead skin cells.

6. Do not leave the mask to the point it is completely dry on your skin. The edges will start drying out first, which is fine. Just add with your fingers a bit or oil on the edges to avoid it being itchy. It can be any oil such as jojoba oil or olive oil.

7. Leave the mask at least 15-20 minutes, but it depends how thick it is. If you have a very thin layer of clay, it can last just 10 minutes. But you won’t see very must results like this so I would recommend doing enough quantity so you can have a reasonably thick layer.

8. Just use warm water to clear your face. You don’t need soap for this.

9. When you skin is cleaned, apply a moisturizing cream as the clay will absorb moisture from the skin along with any impurities.

10. Your skin will be silky smooth and remarkably clean.



Looks a bit like mud, doesn't it?
Final Thoughts:
Both of these products are effective clarifying masks. If your skin is on the dryer/more sensitive side, then the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder mask is your best bet. For those of you wanting something more powerful, I recommend you check out Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask and experiment with adding apple cider vinegar. Either way, you can't go wrong with a clay powder mask to clarify your pores and control oil. Just make sure to use a light moisturizer afterward!

Zakia's Morocco is currently having a giveaway. Enter  the giveaway HERE for a chance to win a $50 gift card to purchase some of their products. Also, they have a 20% off coupon code for my readers. Use code ZMBLOG-150 for 20% off of your purchase on their site.

Have you tried any kind of clay powder mask?


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*Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder mask provided for review. Contains affiliate links

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