Secret of the Ancients: Aztec Healing Clay for Beauty

By Amy Taylor / January 12, 2016
Secret of the Ancients: Aztec Healing Clay for Beauty
Medicinal clays have been used since the dawn of human existence. The first recorded use of clay as a medicine comes to us from ancient Mesopotamia, one of the oldest civilizations in the western world. Clay tablets from around 2500 BCE prove Mesopotamian people used the Aztec healing clay as a healing agent.

After them, Egyptians used the clay as anti-inflammatory agents and preservatives for making mummies. Cleopatra was supposed to have used clays to preserve her complexion, and she had a beauty that was great enough to start wars. One Egyptian medical text, the Ebers Papyrus from about 1550 BCE, describes the use of a clay mixture on a variety of complaints, including intestinal problems and various eye diseases. In the Classic era of the Greeks, the clay was often mixed with vinegar for added benefits.

Aztec healing clay masks now…

Today, clay mixtures are used for many purposes, both commercial and private. They are being used for beauty purposes, just like in Cleopatra’s day. And my guess is, you’re wondering where you can get your own supply of clay to gain a face as remarkable as Pharaoh Cleopatra. Look no further than the Aztec healing clay mask.

What is it made of and how does it work?

The Aztec healing clay mask is made of bentonite clay from Death Valley, California. There, the clay is sun dried in heat that rises up to 138 degrees. Bentonite is an absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate, a sort of impure clay that usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash in the presence of water. It has, as one of its many useful properties, the ability to absorb oils and grease, which makes it perfect for cleaning impurities out of human pores. The Aztec healing clay mask uses bentonite’s absorbing property to suck poisons and toxins embedded in the epidermis, trapping them in the clay to be washed away. It does this by being negatively charged and pulling the positively charged toxins toward the clay.


The Aztec healing clay mask is made when the clay is mixed with water or vinegar. Raw apple cider vinegar is supposed to work best. If applying to sensitive skin, use water as a replacement for the vinegar. But be careful; don’t mix it in a metal bowl or with metal utensils. This will reduce the effectiveness of the clay. The mask is then applied to the face and left to dry for ten to fifteen minutes for sensitive skin or fifteen to twenty minutes for normal skin.

aztec healing clayWhen the Aztec healing clay mask is drying, you’ll feel a pulling sensation as it tightens. Bentonite is a swelling clay, which expands in the presence of water; therefore, as it dries, it will shrink. After the tightening, remove the mask by washing your face with warm water. The best way to do this is to fill a large bowl with warm water and wash off the clay into the bowl. If possible, don’t wash the clay directly into sinks or showers. The clay can clog drains. Your face will be slightly red after the mask is removed, which is normal and will fade with time.

The Aztec healing clay mask powder is also good for detoxification. Add a cup to bathwater to detox the whole body and leave skin feeling smooth and clean. The clay can be mixed to oral rinses and homemade toothpastes to detox, whiten, and remineralize teeth. Drink a cup of water mixed with half a teaspoon of clay to help digestion and ease morning sickness. It can even be given to pets that are vomiting or showing signs of illness. Make sure that you do not self-medicate, though, as there are still certain restrictions. Consult your doctor if you are unsure.

Don’t be fooled by imitations. The Aztec healing clay mask is one of a kind. Make sure that the clay you obtain is genuine and of high quality.

About the author

Amy Taylor

Hi, I'm Amy, the Beauty section editor for Independent Femme. I've worked at a cosmetics distribution company for a number of years and learned my way through beauty tricks by making a tonne of mistakes along the way. I'm here to ensure you don't make the wrong choices some of my former clients and I made!

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