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My Favorite Clay Mask For Overworked Skin

After going straight from shooting Hit The Floor in Los Angeles to shooting a film in Africa, my skin was beyond overworked and tired. All the makeup, constant applications, touch ups, and end-of-day removals day after day overwork my skin.

Not to mention long hours and international travel. My skin was more than ready for a little tender loving care.

By Kimberly Elise


First up, no more makeup.  After I wrapped my film, I vowed not to wear makeup for as long as possible.

Along with gentle cleansing and rest, I thought a mask was in order. I heard a lot of great things about Moroccan ghassoul powder from my daughter, Ajableu, so I thought I would try it out for myself. The product I chose to try was Elma and Sana’s 100% Pure Ghassoul Moroccan Lava Clay Powder. This is not a sponsored post; rather, it’s a recommendation from my daughter that I wanted to share.

The clay is mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and has been used for over 12 centuries by populations in North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Middle East.

Rich in magnesium, silica, potassium, and calcium, it claims to be a multipurpose clay for hair, skin, and body. So I purchased a jar. After gently cleansing my skin, I mixed the clay with a small amount of purified water until it was the consistency of a thick cream, then applied it all over my face.

After about 15 minutes, the clay had dried so firmly, I couldn’t move a muscle on my face. I could just feel it pulling and extracting all the extra oil, dirt, makeup, and literally the exhaustion my face had accumulated over the last couple months.


Photo source: Elma & Sana

After about 30 minutes, I splashed some water on my face to loosen the clay, then thoroughly wiped it clean.

I followed up with a bit of argan oil (also from Morocco) for moisture (because the mask does leave your skin a bit dry) and went to bed. Immediately after the mask, I definitely felt a difference, but the next morning, my skin was singing hallelujah!

Argan oil is also used for skin anti-aging.

My skin was smoother, brighter, and just more alive.

This is definitely a product I would recommend for anyone to use on a regular basis. You don’t have to work in front of the cameras to need a regular deep cleansing on your skin. Next time, I’m going to try the clay on my hair and see how that goes. Happy masking!



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  • Reply
    Yvonne Watson
    June 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Did you try it on your hair as yet? If so, what were the results?

    • Reply
      Kimberly Elise
      June 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Hi, no I didn’t try this mask on my hair and I wouldn’t recommend it.

  • Reply
    Maria Rustin
    May 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Kimberly

    I accidently went natural (hair). S few years ago my stylist did not want to put a relaxer in my hair die to the medications I eas taking due to a back injury. Well, now I few yhe urge to go completly natural (life). Do you have any duggestions where to begin? Thanking you very much in sfvance. Maria

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    October 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I love all of the new things that I am learning here about health, skin and day to day living. I feel as though I really found something that I am able to connect to as I focus on living a positive life and growing. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Kimberly Elise
      October 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad our site speaks to you! Please share with your friends. –kimberly

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    Sandra Tatom
    August 12, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Where can I find the clay U use on ur face and how much does it cost?
    Also, R there different brands if so which brand do U prefer?

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