Today we have the battle between… face masks!!
The battle will be between the infamous Aztec Healing Clay mask and the Mario Badesco Flower and Tonic Mask.
Below is the an image of the Aztec healing clay mask. It is a very affordable mask ($10) and will last you longer than any other masks because it is a big container.
Steps to apply it:
For this mask, you will need your own mixing materials, such as a bowl and a plastic spoon (DO NOT USE A METAL SPOON).
You will need either water or apple cider vinegar to mix the clay mask powder. For best results, use apple cider vinegar. For a trial run, I would suggest using water first.
You normally will need no more than 1 – 3 tablespoons of the mask mix and 1- 3 tablespoons of the liquid form (either water or apple cider vinegar). There is no exact measurement because the purpose is to have a paste like form to apply it, so you mix according to texture and not the measurement exactly. Just make sure there is no clumping of the powder and that it is all mixed together.
With a brush to apply masks, you will brush it onto your face. It is best to use the brush because it evenly applies the mask evenly onto your face. If you have to use your fingers, that is okay, just make sure you apply even amounts around your face.
PLEASE NOTE: APPLY THE MASK QUICKLY BECAUSE IT WILL DRY AND YOU WANT IT TO BE ON YOUR FACE.
Then, you wait about 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with a warm towel.
While you wait, you will feel the mask working. It will almost feel like it is sucking your skin inward! It is very normal to feel that. The mask helps blood circulation and when you rinse it off, your face will be red from that process. It will wear off after an hour or so.
It is recommended that you use this particular mask 1 to 2 times a week. There is a range of recommendations on the average use of this product, but I recommend using it less frequently because it is a very strong mask and can potentially cause more harm than good, if overused.
PROS: This mask will pick up everything!!! When I feel like my skin has build up (especially with all the make up I use), I love going to this mask! It makes me feel refreshed and 110% clean.
This product just makes you feel clean! There is no other way to put it. It is intense during the process because it feels like it is pulling your skin somehow, but so worth it!
CONS: This mask is very sensitive to my skin, so when I used it more than once a week, my skin would be irritated and sometimea break out. After doing some research, I found that many people recommend not using any make up or product on your face for the rest of the day after the use of this mask to let your face breathe. It is also noted that your pores are quite vulnerable after this process and anything you put on it will affect your skin. So, just moisturize and chill.
For this reason, this mask has to be done when you have nowhere to be. You want to use this mask, potentially, on a self care day.
Lastly, the worst thing about this mask is that when the clay comes off, it will be clumpy and, potentially, can clog up the piping to your sink or shower. It recommended that you put some kind of stopper or.paper towel on top of your sink’s hole to stop the clay from going down.
Honestly, I never found a good way to prevent this and, when I was using it frequently by accident, it did clogged my sink!! I still use it, but I am EXTREMELY careful and I try to wipe the mask onto a trash can rather than the sink … which isn’t ideal but it gets the job done.
Next, we have the MARIO BADESCO Flower and Tonic Mask seen below:
This mask is a drying mask as well, but you will not feel all pulling and tingling that the Aztec clay mask does.
This mask is also recommended to be used 2 – 3 times a week. Like the Aztec Healing Clay mask, this mask purpose is to cleanse your face from pore-clogging buildup.
Steps to apply it:
With this mask, you just open the container, dip your fingers, and massage it onto face evenly. You can use a brush, but I feel like it wastes product that way. With my fingers, I can grab little by little and apply it around my face just fine. You do not need a lot and it will take 15 to 20 minutes to do its job. You rinse the mask off with a warm towel.
PLEASE NOTE: You want to make sure you that the mask does not drip down into your eyes as you wash it off.
PROS: This mask is mess free and easy to use. I love the smell! It relaxes me and I sometimes forget it is on.
After I wash my face, it feels fresh and looks bright. It does not make my skin sensitive because I can apply make up afterward and it will not cause breakouts.
CONS: Compared to the Aztec Healing Clay mask, it does not feel like it pulled as much buildup. It also will not last you as long as the Aztec Healing clay mask. It will last you between 15 to 20 washes (in my opinion).
It does a great job, but I can tell the difference. Again, I do not use the Aztec clay mask often, so the MARIO BADESCO mask is more accesible in that sense for daily use.
Honestly, this one is a tough one.
They both are good at what they do, but the Aztec Healing mask is so strong! If I could use it more often, I would definitely vote for it as the winner, but… because it requires so much attention to detail and can potentially end up with clogged piping in your home while having unclogged skin!
For this reason, I claim the MARIO BADESCO mask the winner! It is easy to use and will unclog your pores. You can use it often and without the stress of having to call a plumber and without then hassle of having to make it.
I hope this helps!
As always, keep making you beautiful art ♡